The S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Program is an academic support program designed to help traditionally underrepresented students interested in STEM careers successfully complete their studies at SMC, transfer to a 4 year research orientated baccalaureate program, and enter the STEM workforce.


  • Check eligible majors here
  • Maintain at least a 2.8 GPA each semester and be enrolled in AT LEAST 12 units each semester


  • Priority registration for classes and select STEM courses
  • Specialized Courses
  • Applied learning experiences, including research opportunities
  • Science-focused transfer counseling, student orientations, & workshops
  • Free science & math tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • STEM Scholarships
  • Exposure to careers in STEM Fields

The application period for 2015-2016 is currently closed, but applications for 2016-2017 will be open from around March to early May or late June.

For more information, visit the SMC STEM page.


The Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS) at Santa Monica College is a program that supports the enrollment, retention, graduation and transfer of students who are challenged by language, social, economic, and educational disadvantages.


  • Be a resident of California, or AB540 designated.
  • Be educationally disadvantaged through one or more of the following criteria:
    • NOT eligible for Math 20 and/or English 1, according to SMC assessment scores
    • NOT a high school graduate nor completed the GED
    • Have a high school GPA below 2.5
    • Been previously enrolled in remedial courses in high school and/or college
    • Be an emancipated foster youth (former foster care youth)
    • Be a first generation college student
    • Be a non-native English speaker
  • Apply and receive a Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver, Method A or B
  • Have full-time enrollment (12+ units) in a program leading towards a career/technical certificate, associate degree, or transfer to a  four-year institution
  • Have less than 45 associate degree applicable units from all colleges attended
  • Be in good academic standing


  • Academic, career, personal and transfer counseling
  • Priority registration
  • Supplemental textbook assistance
  • Educational, transfer and career development workshop
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Educational and cultural activities
  • Application fee waivers to four-year institutions 

Application: The Fall 2015 application period has closed, but applications for Spring 2016 will be available online and in the EOPS office starting on December 1, 2015.

For more information, visit the SMC EOPS page.

Black Collegians

The Black Collegians Program at SMC is designed to assist students of African descent in transferring to four-year universities, obtaining their Associate degree, becoming academically competitive, and setting personal goals. 


  • Attend an orientation in the Summer or Fall semester. At the orientation session students learn about program benefits and requirements (There is no need to sign up in advance, but please arrive on time)
  • Make an appointment with an African American Collegian Center counselor.


  • Academic, career, and personal counseling.
  • Assisting in the development of students’ skills that are necessary for college success.
  • Educational and cultural activities in which students can participate.
  • Teaching students to develop a life plan that involves personal, social and academic responsibilities.
  • A selection of general education courses that are transferable to the UC and CSU systems as well as pre-collegiate level courses in English and math.
  • Scholarships to active participants.


To meet requirements for Fall 2015: Have two counseling sessions and participate in three activities between September 8th, 2015 and December 11th, 2015

To meet requirements for Spring 2016: Have two counseling sessions and participate in three activities between February 16th, 2015 and June 3rd, 2016.


or more information, visit the SMC Black Collegians page.

Adelante Program

The Adelante Program is a success-oriented program focusing on academic achievement, transfer, cultural awareness, and personal growth.  Adelante classes emphasize verbal, written, and critical thinking skills essential to college success. Classes accentuate the Latino experience within the context of the course subject, and most classes offer credits that are transferable to the UC and CSU systems. 


  • Maintain continuous SMC enrollment,
  • Maintain a minimum 2.4 cumulative GPA or higher by the end of their first complete Adelante semester,
  • Meet with a Latino Center counselor twice each semester (once a semester if a continuing Adelante student with a cumulative GPA above a 2.0),
  • Follow the recommendations and referrals of Adelante and Latino Center faculty,
  • Attend one of the Adelante workshops each semester


  • Eligibility to enroll in Adelante classes,
  • Receive follow-up from Latino Center counselors and other Center staff,
  • Participate in classes with a large Latino enrollment,
  • Join a Latino network,
  • Become eligible for specially designated scholarships,
  • Placed on the Latino Center mailing list

For more information, visit the Adelante Program page.

Learning Disabilities Program

“The Santa Monica College Learning Disabilities Program is designed to provide support services to students with learning disabilities who are enrolled in regular college classes.”


Any Santa Monica College student with a verifiable disability who is unable to benefit from the regular programs and services offered by the college due to the current educational limitations of a disability, and need accommodations to mitigate their disability related educational limitations, is eligible to receive services. Clarification of what defines a disability is available here.


  • Screening, testing and certification of learning disabilities according to
    state guidelines
  • Developing individual plans and recommending appropriate academic
    accommodations to provide academic equity for LD students
  • Teaching compensatory learning strategies and fostering awareness
    of students' learning strengths and weaknesses

Deadline: None, continual enrollment.

For more information, visit the Learning Disabilities Program page.

Scholars Program

The Scholars Program aims to prepare students for transfer to the colleges and universities of their choice and to promote mastery of subject matter demonstrated through writing, research, critical thinking, and analysis. The Scholars Program coursework provides students with the educational background essential to university-level work.


  • Continuing/Returning students (with at least 12 but less than 30 UC transferable units)
  • Have a 3.0 overall college GPA (includes all colleges attended)
  • Eligible for English 1 or have passed Freshman Composition at SMC or another college


  • Priority admission to certain colleges
  • Eligibility for specialized Scholars classes
  • Priority enrollment for SMC Classes
  • Specialized counseling
  • English tutoring
  • UCLA library privileges
  • Specialized workshops that help with college applications, essay writing, etc

Deadline for Winter/Spring 2016 admission is Wednesday, January 6 2016.

For more information, visit the Scholars Program page.