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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
$8,040 Out-of-State
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Enrolled Students
36.7% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
933 Graduates


The median in-state tuition at Santa Monica College is $1,104, which is $5,887 less than the national median in-state tuition of $6,991. The cost of out-of-state tuition is $8,040, which is 728% of the cost for in-state students, and is $10,336 less than the national median out-of-state tuition of $18,376.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $7,016.

In 2016, 54% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 1% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Santa Monica College has a total enrollment of 30,828 students. The full-time enrollment at Santa Monica College is 11,304 students and the part-time enrollment is 19,524. This means that 36.7% of students enrolled at Santa Monica College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Santa Monica College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 39.7% Hispanic or Latino, 25.9% White, 9.3% Asian, 9% Black or African American, 4.05% Two or More Races, 0.23% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.16% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Santa Monica College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (6.43%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (5.48%) and White Male (4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A N/A (N/A), followed by N/A N/A (N/A) and N/A N/A (N/A).

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In 2016, 875 more women than men graduated from Santa Monica College. The majority of students graduating from Santa Monica College are Hispanic or Latino. These 1,396 graduates mean that there were 1.07 times more Hispanic or Latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 1,301 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Santa Monica College is Liberal Arts & Sciences with 1,182 graduates, followed by Humanistic Studies with 709 graduates and General Business Administration & Management with 412 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Santa Monica College, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Liberal Arts & Humanities, with 3,089 graduates, followed by Interdisciplinary Studies with 339 graduates and Communication Technologies with 44 graduates.


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Santa Monica College has an endowment valued at nearly $9.1M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $177,500 (1.95%), compared to the 0.69% average return ($21,444 on $3.12M) across all Associate's Colleges.

In 2015, Santa Monica College had a total expenditure of $252M. Of that $252M, they spent $116M on salaries and $43.2M on benefits.

Santa Monica College employs 338 Instructors, N/A N/A, and N/A N/A. Most academics at Santa Monica College are Female Instructors (192), Male Instructors (146), and N/A N/A (N/A).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Santa Monica College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 199 employees, Management, with 98 employees, and Service with 83 employees.



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