Santa Monica College

Key majors offered
Registered Nursing
Housing Location Type Offers Scholarships Student Population Offers CLA
Available for Undergraduate Urban No 32793 (Total) Yes
Degrees Offered Public/Private Institution Type Student Body Student Population
Associate Public Associate College Co-educational 3586 (International)

Yearly Costs / ELS Level

Living Expenses
Degree Tuition Fees Housing ** Meals OtherExpenses I 20/Visa* (Total Required Funds) ELS
Associate $ $ $$$ $$ $$$$ 109
 I-20/Visa costs include Tuition, Housing, Meals and all other fees in USD
Housing cost may include meals and other expenses to equal Living Expenses


Founded in 1929 Santa Monica College is located on the beautiful coast of Southern California in the city of Santa Monica. The college occupies 18 hectares of lush ground and is 3 kilometers from the beach. The campus boasts one of the largest international student populations of any community college in the nation with 3,400-plus from more than 100 countries. Santa Monica College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The college offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs, including a vibrant Business program with internship opportunities at the Port of Los Angeles, in Santa Monica and in Los Angeles, programs in General Science and Mathematics with access to state of the art labs, Fashion Design and Merchandising Programs, Film and Theater Programs and many, many others. Students can take a break from their studies at the outdoor Third Street Promenade which includes restaurants, theaters and shops. The famous Santa Monica Pier and the beach bike path are popular destinations, as are The Grove outdoor shopping mall, Universal Studios and Disneyland. On the weekend, students may travel to Big Bear Mountain for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. The local Santa Monica and Malibu mountains also offer trails for hiking and biking.


The International Education Counseling Center has information available to students with many area housing options including homestay programs, hostels, rooms in private homes, apartment sharing and apartment rentals.

Student life

  • More than 50 student clubs and organizations are available including the International Student Club.
  • The International Student Center sponsors field trips, and other activities on and off campus.
  • The International Education Counseling Center assists with admissions, housing, academic English and math testing, counseling, registration and adjustment to American life.