Santa Monica College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,104
2022 Average Net Price
$6,656
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.87%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
22,375
39.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
32.2%
1,049 Graduates

About

Santa Monica College is a higher education institution located in Los Angeles County, CA. In 2022, the most popular 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentrations at Santa Monica College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (3,207 degrees awarded), Child Care Provider (49 degrees), and Graphic Design (28 degrees).

In 2022, 8,184 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Santa Monica College. 61.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (3,244 degrees), 1.48 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2,197 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Santa Monica College is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Santa Monica College is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,656.

In 2022, 52% of undergraduate students attending Santa Monica College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 1% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$1,104
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Santa Monica College was $1,104. The cost of tuition at Santa Monica College is $−7,008 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$6,656
2022 Value
4.33%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Santa Monica College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,656. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Santa Monica College grew by 4.33%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,556
Room and Board
$1,746
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Santa Monica College was of $11,556 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,746. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

52%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
1%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

52% of undergraduate students at Santa Monica College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 1.89% with respect to 2021, when 53% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.87%
2019 Default Rate
15
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Santa Monica College was 3.87%, which represents 15 out of the 388 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Santa Monica College had a total enrollment of 22,375 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Santa Monica College is 8,852 students and the part-time enrollment is 13,523. This means that 39.6% of students enrolled at Santa Monica College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Santa Monica College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 41.6% Hispanic or Latino, 25.6% White, 8.91% Asian, 8.85% Black or African American, 5.38% Two or More Races, 0.13% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.125% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Santa Monica College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (22.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (16.5%) and White Male (11.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

39.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Santa Monica College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 22,375 students. The full-time enrollment at Santa Monica College is 8,852 and the part-time enrollment is 13,523. This means that 39.6% of students enrolled at Santa Monica College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

100%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Santa Monica College was 100%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Santa Monica College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    9,314 enrolled students
  2. White
    5,723 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    1,993 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Santa Monica College is 41.6% Hispanic or Latino, 25.6% White, 8.91% Asian, 8.85% Black or African American, 5.38% Two or More Races, 0.13% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.125% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 609 students (2.72%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 1,822 more women than men received degrees from Santa Monica College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Santa Monica College is hispanic or latino (3,244 degrees awarded). There were 1.48 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2197 degrees).

The most common 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentration at Santa Monica College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (3,207 degrees awarded), followed by Child Care Provider (49 degrees) and Graphic Design (28 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Santa Monica College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (153 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (4,643 degrees), and Human Sciences (446 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Santa Monica College are Elementary & middle school teachers (212,375 people), Other managers (147,185 people), Graphic designers (99,861 people), Postsecondary teachers (84,152 people), and Secondary school teachers (83,662 people).

The most specialized majors at Santa Monica College in 2022 are Communication Technologies (153 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (4,643 degrees), Human Sciences (446 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (382 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (367 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Santa Monica College are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, Physicians, and Correspondence clerks & order clerks

The most specialized majors at Santa Monica College are Communication Technologies (153 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (4,643 degrees), Human Sciences (446 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (382 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (367 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Santa Monica College are Elementary & secondary schools (449,828 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (207,718 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (172,528 people), Computer Systems Design (132,777 people), and Construction (79,892 people).

The most specialized majors at Santa Monica College are Communication Technologies (153 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (4,643 degrees), Human Sciences (446 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (382 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (367 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Santa Monica College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 930 degrees awarded
  2. 506 degrees awarded
  3. 382 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Santa Monica College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 930 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,181
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
5,003
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 3,181 degrees were awarded to men at Santa Monica College, which is 0.636 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (5,003).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 1715 degrees were awarded to men at Santa Monica College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.708 times less than the 2422 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 2422 degrees were awarded to men at Santa Monica College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.41 times more than the 1715 male recipients with that same degree.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (49.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Santa Monica College is Female and Asian (49.6% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.477% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    3,244 degrees awarded
  2. White
    2,197 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    815 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Santa Monica College is hispanic or latino (3,244 degrees awarded). There were 1.48 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2197 degrees).

5.69% of degree recipients (466 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    2,093 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    1,295 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    1,151 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Santa Monica College is hispanic or latino female (2,093 degrees awarded). There were 1.62 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1295 degrees).

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Operations

Santa Monica College has an endowment valued at nearly $14.4M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−91.8%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Santa Monica College had a total salary expenditure of 361M. Santa Monica College employs 332 Instructors. Most academics at Santa Monica College are Female Instructor (191), and Male Instructor (141).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Santa Monica College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 168 employees, Service, with 104 employees, and Management with 96 employees.

Endowment

$14.4M
2022 Endowment
12.4%
decline from 2021

Santa Monica College has an endowment valued at about $14.4M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Santa Monica College declined 12.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $9.22M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $21.3M - Federal
  2. $21.1M - State
  3. $556k - Local

As of 2022, Santa Monica College received $21.3M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $21.1M from state grants and contracts, and $556k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$138M
2022 Salaries
2.96%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Santa Monica College paid a median of $138M in salaries, which represents 38.2% of their overall expenditure ($361M) and a 2.96% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$39.3M
Instructional Salaries
332
Number of Employees

In 2022, Santa Monica College paid a total of $39.3M to 332 employees working as instructors, which represents 28.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
332 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
168 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Santa Monica College was Instructor with 332 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Santa Monica College were Office and Administrative Support with 168 employees, Service with 104 employees, and Management with 96 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Santa Monica College was Female Instructor with 191 employees, and Male Instructor with 141 employees.

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