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Academic Rigor
4.1584
Dorm Life
1.9792
Food and Dining
3.6250
Bang for the buck
4.5313
Clubs and Activities
4.2545
Campus Safety
4.3438
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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  • Parker
  • Apr-18-2017 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The staff here is literally the worst I have ever experienced. Despite living in California for over two years and having my driver's license AND voter registration being California, for some reason they classified me as a non-resident. I then spent over a MONTH going back and forth to no avail. They wouldn't accept ANYTHING as acceptable documents. And that's when I could actually get ahold of them. Never responded to calls, emails...nothing. The residency specialists and the admissions staff here are THE absolute worst. Horrendous service. I've never experienced anything like this before. Awful.

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  • Ariel from Los Angeles, CA
  • Jan-11-2017 I am a current student here

    SMC really cares for you. It has so many resources and excessive help to help you succeed. The class selection is broad and professors are outstanding.

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  • Leslie - Gardena, CA
  • Dec-21-2016 I am a current student here

    Canpus is nice and clean, most of the staff is friendly, lots of clubs to get involved with, classes are difficult to get if you aren't prepared with the section number once you're enrollment datedate comes. Parking is difficult to find.

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  • ayma
  • Jun-27-2016 I am a past student here

    it's a great school with a lot of friendly people and a lot of resources! even though it's a community college you can still be involved in so many ways. there are tons of clubs, sports and amazing programs to join which will look good on college apps when you transfer.

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  • miguel - imperial, ca
  • Jun-15-2016 I am a current student here

    santa monica college is a great campus. all the professors are there for helping you in anything they can. there are many helpful resources that may be helpful in transferring.

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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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