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Academic Rigor
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Most Helpful Review for Santa Monica College
  • Category: Am learning a lot
  • Review by: Sara from Los Angeles, CA
  • 14 out of 15 people found this review helpful

The reputation of junior colleges is that the level of education is not very high. For some junior colleges, that may be true, but the quality of classes at Santa Monica College is exceptional. That's why it's rated one of the best junior colleges in the nation. At any college, there are bound to be classes that aren't for you. Talking to a counselor and websites that give student-written reviews can be really helpful. However, with proper research, you're sure to find university-level classes at Santa Monica that challenge you and really work with you.

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  • Sandy from Lakewood, CA
  • Jan-17-2015 I am a current student here

    I consider SMC to be the UCLA of all the community colleges in California. I absolutely love the area, our fashionable students, the modern architecture, our active teachers and the friendly atmosphere you will not find at other community colleges. I also sincerely appreciate the attentive counselors and staff who are very helpful, except the people in the financial aid office. The financial aid office is a joke!

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  • Amanda from Los Angeles, CA
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a current student here

    It can be rather difficult to get classes. They keep adding new facilities, but cannot even maintain the buildings that already exist. There are a handful of inspiring professors, but mostly mediocre staff without any passion for their profession.

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  • Saleh from Los Angeles, CA
  • Dec-22-2014 I am a current student here

    Santa Monica College is great school; however the downside is that it is really hard to register for classes due to the large number of students, as well the international counseling office is useless.

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  • Alissa from Marion, MA
  • Nov-04-2014 I am a current student here

    The campus is gorgeous and the students are very friendly. The one thing I was upset about was how long the assessment tests took me, I know I take awhile to take tests but I think that the easier maths should take less time if you're getting a lot correct so you can move on. It took me about 4 hours to get up to calculus.

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  • Caroline from Santa Monica, CA
  • Sep-13-2014 I am a current student here

    Who wouldn't love a nice campus, in a great location, with great teachers, green buildings and students from all over the world ? I love SMC and would recommend it to anyone who wants to attend a community college. No, it is not perfect but no school on Earth is.

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  • Wade from Redondo Beach, CA
  • Jun-10-2014 I am a current student here

    Santa Monica as a whole is an enjoyable environment. There are some nice people and it is always exciting when you meet somebody new. The teachers can be exciting to learn from as well as helpful to building to skills.

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  • K from Venice, CA
  • May-14-2014 I am a current student here

    SMC is a great starter school for those going back to school or wanting to improve their grades prior to transferring to a more expensive 4-year school. It is an International school and the diversity of students is incredible! The Professors really want to help their students learn and if you pay attention and do the work, you are certain to do well in class.

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  • Alejandro G from Los Angeles, CA
  • Mar-05-2014 I am a current student here

    Overall, a good college to attend post-high school due to the simple fact that the faculty and administration make the transition from high school life to college life easier than it would be at a university. The majority of the staff at Santa Monica College mean well and make an effort to get their students to not only pass their courses, but also come out with some newly acquired knowledge that will follow students through the college and adult experience. There are also various tools and services provided here in order to help you succeed as a college student and as a young adult.

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