If you are you starting college for the first time and have no idea where to start, this page is for you! Santa Monica College welcomes every new student as a future alum, which means the emphasis is on student support and student success.
SMC has an array of programs and services available specifically to help develop your career pathway and focuses on the steps necessary to achieve your academic and career goals.
This is a one-stop guide for all SMC special programs and support services.
Attend SMC for FREE during your first year! The SMC Promise program offers recent California high school grads the opportunity to attend college without the burden of paying tuition.
New full-time students (12 units or more per semester) are eligible for free enrollment in classes (valued up to $2,300 based on current fees)
Free student ID card, free Associated Students membership, and free health fee!
Get access to early enrollment once you become eligible for the SMC Promise!
Summer Program: College Hacks
College Hacks is a one-day orientation to meet other new students, build community, learn about campus resources, and explore career options that are right for you.
College Hacks takes place August 12-16, 2019. Sign up here.
For more information on the SMC Promise program, visit SMC.edu/FreeTuition.
Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS) at Santa Monica College is a program that supports the enrollment, retention, graduation and transfer of students who are challenged by economic and educational disadvantages.
Academic, career, personal and transfer counseling
Supplemental textbook assistance
Educational, transfer and career development workshops
Educational and cultural activities
College field trips
Application fee waivers to four-year institutions
For more information about EOPS, visit SMC.edu/EOPS.
The Scholars Program consists of a talented group of highly motivated students whose goals demand specialized and intense academic preparation and study. Through special transfer agreements with top four-year colleges and universities, Scholars students get priority consideration for admissions to the following campuses: The UCLA College of Letters and Science (TAP), UC Irvine, and Loyola Marymount University, to name a few.
For more information about the Scholars program, visit SMC.edu/Scholars.
Santa Monica College's STEM initiatives foster the student skills necessary to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math courses. STEM is an academic support program designed to help traditionally underrepresented students interested in STEM careers. Students can successfully complete their studies at SMC, transfer to a 4-year research-orientated baccalaureate program, and enter the STEM workforce.
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Peer tutoring and coaching
Faculty-led workshops and events
Specialized STEM Courses
STEM Cool Careers Panels and STEM Days on the Quad
Engage with STEM at SMC through student clubs
Summer Program: STEM Skills
STEM Skills week provides newly admitted SRI/STEM program students with intensive preparation for fall math and science courses.
STEM Skills week takes place August 12-17, 2019.
For more information about the STEM program, visit SMC.edu/STEM.
The Black Collegians Program/Umoja Community at SMC is designed to assist students of African descent in transferring to four-year universities and obtaining their Associate degree. The Black Collegians Program is within the statewide Umoja Community. As a recognized program within the Umoja Community, we abide by the mission and the educational philosophy of the Community and we share strategies and goals with other Umoja Community programs at the various California Community Colleges statewide.
Academic, career, and personal counseling.
Assisting in the development of students’ skills that are necessary for college success.
Educational and cultural activities in which students can participate.
Teaching students to develop a life plan that involves personal, social and academic responsibilities.
A selection of general education courses that are transferable to the UC and CSU systems as well as pre-collegiate level courses in English and math.
Scholarships to active participants.
A full-time math instructional assistant who tutors, provide study guides for all levels of math, and supervises student tutors.
Leadership opportunities through the Black Collegians Club
Summer Program: Transitions
A one-day orientation program emphasizing team building and community for new students in the SMC Black Collegians Program.
Transitions takes place July 20, 2019.
For more information about the Black Collegians program, visit SMC.edu/BlackCollegians.
The ADELANTE Program is a success-oriented program focusing on academic achievement, transfer, cultural awareness, and personal growth. Adelante classes accentuate the Latino experience within the context of the course subject, and most classes offer credits that are transferable to the UC and CSU systems.
Eligible to enroll in Adelante classes
Receive follow-up from Latino Center counselors and other Center staff
Participate in classes with a large Latino enrollment
Join a Latino network
Become eligible for specially designated scholarships
Are placed on the Latino Center mailing list
Summer Program: Camino Al Exito
A one-day orientation program that provides new students and parents in the SMC’s Latino Center/Adelante Program an opportunity to develop their SMC support network.
Camino Al Exito takes place August 17, 2019.For more information about the Adelante program, visit SMC.edu/Adelante.