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Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College is a two-year, public, junior college located in Santa Monica, California, United States.

Location

Address
1900 Pico Blvd
City
Santa Monica
State
CA

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
33298
In State Tuition Fees
1104
Out State Tuition Fees
7560
Male Female Ratio
48:52
Acceptance Rate
100%
Student Faculty Ratio
37:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
No
Mission Statement
Santa Monica College provides a safe and inclusive learning environment that encourages personal and intellectual exploration, and challenges and supports students in achieving their educational goals. Students learn to contribute to the global community as they develop an understanding of their relationship to diverse social, cultural, political, economic, technological, and natural environments. The College recognizes the critical importance of each individual"s contribution to the achievement of this mission. Santa Monica College provides open and affordable access to high quality associate degree and certificate of achievement programs and participates in partnerships with other colleges and universities to facilitate access to baccalaureate and higher degrees. The College"s programs and services assist students in the development of skills needed to succeed in college, prepare students for careers and transfer, and nurture a lifetime commitment to learning. Santa Monica College provides open and affordable access to high quality associate degree and certificate of achievement programs and participates in partnerships with other colleges and universities to facilitate access to baccalaureate and higher degrees. The College"s programs and services assist students in the development of skills needed to succeed in college, prepare students for careers and transfer, and nurture a lifetime commitment to learning.
Mascot
Pico The Corsair
Colors
White Blue
Conference
Western State

College History

History

Santa Monica College was first opened in 1929 as Santa Monica Junior College. Current enrollment is over 30,000 students in more than 90 fields of study. Santa Monica College is ranked number one among California's junior colleges in transfers to the University of California, University of Southern California, and Loyola Marymount University. The Santa Monica College Arts Mentor Program provides certain students in the fine and applied arts with graduate-level training by professionals in their specialized fields. The program was designed for select individuals whose talents exceed the scope of the traditional curriculum at the College. Santa Monica College offers a variety of occupational certificate programs, including accounting, fashion design, office information systems, and the Academy of Entertainment Technology (which offers certificates in interactive media and animation). The college also offers logistics and supply chain programs at AAS and certificate level. Santa Monica College is also the home of KCRW (89.9 FM), a leading public radio station, broadcasting throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County area with an estimated 450,000 listeners. The station is the broadcast home of Morning Becomes Eclectic and Harry Shearer's Le Show. As part of its hands-on media curriculum, the college also produces its own weekly, student-run newspaper (both in print, and online) called The Corsair which took home 14 awards at its most recent State Competition,including the Award for General Excellence. Incidents Recently Santa Monica College received national attention due to a controversial plan to create a two-tier system of education in which more "popular" courses would be offered at higher costs. Protests at a board meeting immediately following the plan's proposal led to several students being pepper sprayed. A report on the event resulted in an officer's dismissal. The report also faulted several members of the protest for provoking officers. On April 23, 2013, a bomb threat caused the College Fair on campus to be evacuated. The culprit was not discovered. On May 4, 2013, an SMC student, Tian Lu, committed suicide by jumping off the parking structure. This was the first time in the college's 84-year history that a student committed suicide on campus. On May 16, 2013, an SMC student threatened to shoot up the school. The threat turned out to be harmless, and the student was apprehended at the psychological services department. 2013 shooting Main article: 2013 Santa Monica shooting On June 7, 2013, shortly before noon PDT, a killing spree occurred in Santa Monica that left a total of five people dead, including the gunman, and injured five others; one of the injured died in a hospital two days later. Though the incident started several miles off-campus, with a domestic dispute at a home that left two people�the shooter's father and brother�dead, the gunman commandeered a passing vehicle and specifically instructed the driver to take him to Santa Monica College. Several blocks northeast of campus, near the intersection of Pico and Cloverfield Boulevards, the suspect shot at a city bus multiple times and wounded several passengers. Arriving at the southeast corner of the campus at 20th and Pearl Streets, he shot a passing driver, killing him, and critically injured his daughter. After leaving the carjacked vehicle, the gunman shot and killed a woman collecting recyclables outside the school's library. The suspect then entered the library, where he was said to have fired 70 rounds (wounding no one) before he was fatally shot by police. The school was locked down and police evacuated some students as they looked for a possible second suspect, but it was later confirmed the shooter acted alone. The gunman was later identified as John Samir Zawarhi, 23. Though he was said to have attended the college at one time, other details of his connection to Santa Monica College were unavailable and his motive in moving the rampage to the campus was unknown. Local law enforcement stated that they did not view the incident as a "school shooting" because the incident started off-campus.

College Specialty

Specialty

To promote, foster, and encourage scientific, literary, educational and artistic endeavors at Santa Monica College for students, members of the faculty and staff, and the community at large. To receive gifts for the purposes set forth above. To expend monies for the general welfare of the students and staff of Santa Monica College as set forth.

Alumni

Alumni

Sean Penn, Actor Mahira Khan, Pakistani Actress Penn Badgley, Actor Lloyd Avery II, Actor James Dean, Actor Laila Ali, Boxer Daniele Bolelli, Author Steven Blum, Voice actor Isaac Bruce, Professional NFL (football) player Chikezie, Musician, American Idol (season 7) finalist Glenn Cowan, Table Tennis player and Sino-American diplomat, Ping Pong Diplomacy Walter Cunningham, Astronaut (A.S. 1958) (B.S. 1960 at the University of California, Los Angeles) Rivers Cuomo, Musician (Weezer) Phire Dawson, Game show model, one of Barker's Beauties John Densmore, Drummer for American band The Doors Don Edwards, American Politician Cliff Eidelman, Musician Andrea Fay Friedman, Actor Emma Ferreira, English contemporary artist, sculptor, photographer, and philanthropist. David Geffen, American record executive Cam Gigandet, Actor - films Twilight Josh Haden, Musician Dustin Hoffman, Actor Marco Hofschneider, Actor Barry Jaeckel, professional golfer Chad Ocho Cinco - New England Patriots wide receiver Rickie Lee Jones, Musician Brian Kingman, Major League Pitcher, Oakland Athletics Lenny Krayzelburg, Swimmer (A.A. 1996) (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration 1998 at the University of Southern California Marty Klein, 2X California state prep tennis championship coach Robby Krieger, Musician (The Doors) Monica Lewinsky, White House intern Evan Lysacek, Figure Skating Olympic Gold Medalist Alison Lohman, Actress Teena Marie, Singer Candice Michelle, Professional wrestler Kel Mitchell, Actor Mike Muir, Musician (Suicidal Tendencies) Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoft chief technology officer Mac O'Grady, professional golfer Dustin O'Halloran, Post-classical Pianist and Composer Billy Parks, Professional NFL (football) player Kenneth Price, Ceramic artist and printmaker (Bachelor of Fine Arts 1956 at the University of Southern California) Phil Remington, Motorsports engineer Nick Sagan, Novelist and screenwriter Kentaro Sato, Composer Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California, actor (A.A. 1977) (B.A. 1979 at the University of Wisconsin�Superior). Schwarzenegger gave the commencement address in 2005. Ryan Seacrest, American radio personality, television host, network producer and voice actor. Michele Serros, Author Steve Smith - Carolina Panthers wide receiver. Larry Stevenson, American inventor, skateboarder pro. SNoW, Musician Gloria Stuart, Actress Kristine Sutherland, Actress Hilary Swank, Actress Kenan Thompson, Actor Nick Webster, Soccer commentator and Fox Soccer Channel personality Frank Welker, Voice Actor Sidney Wicks, Four-time NBA All-star and 1972 NBA Rookie of the Year

Campus

Campus

Urban, 38 Acres (15�Ha)

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