Because it is located near the ocean and nestled near mountains, Santa Monica enjoys some of the mildest and most consistent weather in the United States. Winters are never too cold, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 17 degrees Celsius, and summers are never too hot, with temperatures rarely exceeding a comfortable 23 degrees Celsius. Santa Monica has an average of 325 days of sunshine per year. Santa Monica is a predominantly (80%) white non-Hispanic city and has a median household income significantly above the US national average. Students attending SMC will fly into LAX (Los Angeles International Airport).
Santa Monica College was founded in 1929 and is located on the coast of Southern California in the city of Santa Monica. It has a total student population of 31,000, with 2,600 international students, of whom 195 are from Hong Kong. The college is half an hour away from Los Angeles. The current President of SMC is from Hong Kong. Its famous alumni include James Dean, actor/governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and actor Dustin Hoffman. Santa Monica is the top college in the United States for transfers to the University of California system, including UCLA and has special articulation agreements with over 50 universities, including UC Berkeley, UCLA, San Francisco State University, Pepperdine University, and the University of Southern California.