Santa Monica College is here to help students like you achieve your goals and dreams. 

The six easy steps below help guide you through the process of becoming an SMC student. Each step is required. Enrolling in classes at SMC highlights your commitment to your future!

  1. Apply

    Applying for Admission to SMC is your first step. It's free and easy. Students will receive their ID# in a welcome email. 

  2. Prepare

    Prepare to take the Assessment Tests. Your placement determines which math and English/ESL course you start with, which determines how many courses you will need to take to complete your goal. Study materials and resources are available at

  3. Assessment

    All first-time college students are required to complete both an English/ESL and a Mathematics assessment test prior to enrolling in a fall or spring semester. Tests will be taken in person at Assessment Center: Liberal Arts, Room 109. Check testing walk-in hours at Students MUST bring a photo ID.

  4. Orientation

    Orientation is a state mandated process that provides students with the necessary information to make a smooth transition to their college experience at SMC. Online Orientation is available to students 24 hours daily and can be accessed from any computer with internet access. Orientation informs students about the wide range of services and support the College provides, including academic counseling to help sort out educational and career goals, health and psychological services, financial aid and scholarships, tutoring services, and support programs for students with special needs. Orientation is required before an enrollment date will be released. 

  5. Counseling and/or MyEdPlan

    Creation of an education plan is a required component for enrollment for new students. Students can meet with the Outreach counselor at your school or on-campus. Students can also visit the Welcome Center for assistance with educational planning. Our award winning online, educational planning tool, MyEdPlan, is available for students to begin the planning process prior to meeting with a counselor.

  6. Enroll

    Students receive an assigned date and time for enrollment after completing the steps listed above. Enrollment can be completed online through the student portal Corsair Connect at any time after the assigned enrollment date. Students can also check their financial aid status and pay student fees through Corsair Connect.

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