Santa Monica College – a two-year community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – opened in 1929 with just 153 students. It has now grown to a thriving campus with more than 32,000 students and offerings in more than 100 fields of study.
Set on a 38-acre main campus less than two miles from the beach and several nearby satellite campuses, Santa Monica College has everything today's student needs to succeed — computer labs, athletic facilities, performing and visual arts spaces, and active student clubs. Our modern facilities have won numerous architectural and sustainability awards, as has our beautiful Quad with fountains, palm trees, and benches. Our award-winning faculty works closely with students to ensure their success, and we have numerous student support services to help students meet their goals.
Our academic excellence and prime location in a vibrant urban area attracts students from all over the world. Santa Monica College boasts one of the largest international student populations of any community college in the nation, with approximately 3,300 from more than 100 countries.