The purpose of Santa Monica College's Title V First Year Institute is to increase the retention, persistence, and success of all first time, full-time freshman attending
Santa Monica College.  The First Year Institute is located within the Welcome Center and is a collaborative partnership between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.

The Title V First Year Institute at Santa Monica College is comprised of four main components which include: 1) New student success support structures based on a cohort model for first time, full-time college students; 2) Strengthened services to address the needs of first-time students on probation; 3) Changes in the classroom: faculty development, development of linked courses and supplemental instruction; and 4) Comprehensive intake services: creation of student education plans, assessment, and advisement.