Santa Monica College is well known for its tremendous diversity. Students come from around the world and from all walks of life. Some are local students, some are from other areas in the U.S., and some are from half-way across the globe. Most students are warm and welcoming and curious about other peoples' cultures.
The average student is very friendly, driven, and motivated. They come here mostly to learn, but also to bond and connect with others. The different ethnic groups and diverse sexual orientations are accepted and represented here on campus. You can join organizations such as the Association of Latin American Students, Black Collegians Club, Chinese Student Association, Iranian Students Club, German Club, Japanese English Language Association, Turkish Student Association, and many others. Since SMC has exceptional tolerance of minorities of any group, the school has become its own little cultural melting pot.