Corsair Connect: Helpful Guide to Access SMC Login 2023

Santa Monica College smc Corsair Connect.

Corsair Connect is an online student self-service system where you can access your class schedule, SMC student email, add and drop classes, pay your fees, apply for financial aid, view your student records, and keep up to date with course dates and deadlines.

What does the word “Corsair” mean?

The name of the SMC athletic team is “The Corsairs.” The word means “pirate” or “privateer.” Specifically, a historical “Corsair” was a Barbary Coast pirate or French privateer from about the 1400s to the 1600s.

How to log into Corsair Connect student portal

To access the Santa Monica College login portal,

  1. Go to the Corsair Connect login page at
  2. You can also go to and click on “Login” followed by “Corsair Connect”
  3. Log in with your SMC username and password.
  4. Once you have successfully logged into Corsair Connect, you will be directed to the “Home Screen.”
SMC corsair connect login.
SMC corsair connect login.
  • Forget your SMC username? Go to the Corsair Connect login page, click “I cannot access my account,” and then click “I forgot my username.”
  • Forgot your password? Click on the Corsair Connect login page, click the “I cannot my account,” and then click “I forgot my password / reset my password.”
  • Forgot your SMC student ID number? Go to the Corsair Connect login page, click “I cannot access my account,” and then click “I forgot my Student ID.”
  • If you are having login problems, look for quick solutions on the Student Information Technology Help Line (studentITHELP) at:

How to activate your Corsair Connect account

To activate your Corsair Connect account,

  1. Get your login information from emails SMC sent you. The emails were sent to the email address you put on your admission application. You must click the ‘Verify My Email’ button in the “Congratulations, you are ADMITTED to SMC!’ email to get the “SMC Account Information” email. 
  2. Log in with your username and temporary password. PortalGuard is the account management system that helps you control your computer password on many College online systems. It uses an SMC SIGN-ON box. Use your username and temporary password to log in to PortalGuard.
  3. The temporary password can only be used once. So, it expires immediately. Click on the ‘Continue’ button to go to the next step.
  4. Enter a new password that meets the rules. Pick a password that will protect your privacy.
  5. The system will remind you of rules that make your password hard for other people to guess. Any rule violations will be marked with an X and a color change.
  6. Pick challenge questions used to verify your identity. Click on the Continue button to start this step.
  7. You can link a mobile phone number with your username if you want. This is called “enrolling a mobile phone”. Only mobile phone numbers based in the United States of America are allowed.
  8. You can add, remove, or change a mobile phone number later.
  9. If you “enroll” a mobile phone number, an SMS will be sent to your phone.
  10. Copy the One-Time Passcode (OTP) into the screen that you’ll see. This confirms that the system has the correct phone number. You must do this within 30 minutes after requesting the One-Time Passcode.
  11. Then, click the ‘Continue’ button to see the screen that verifies your mobile phone is successfully linked to your username.
  12. Click the “Try to continue logging in” link to continue.
  13. View your Account Management screen, and log out of PortalGuard. Then, click Log out at the top right.
  14. Log in to Corsair Connect. Newly admitted and readmitted students must reset their temporary passwords before accessing Corsair Connect. Set your new password if you haven’t already done it in step 3. If you did not set a new password for yourself in step 3, do it now.

Retrieving your password

  1. Sign in to Corsair Connect at
  2. Select “I cannot access my account.”
  3. Select “I forgot my password.”
  4. Follow the instructions provided

How to add a class

  1. Sign in to Corsair Connect at
  2. Click the “Enrollment Services” link in the center of the page.
  3. Select the correct semester from the drop-down semester menu.
  4. Click the “Add a Class” link, enter the four-digit section number, and click the “Add Class” button.
  5. You should receive a message saying you are successfully enrolled in the class.

How to check enrollment

  1. Log in to Corsair Connect
  2. Once you have successfully logged into Corsair Connect, you will be directed to the “Home Screen.” In the middle of the page, you will see the classes you have enrolled in on the Home Screen.

How to drop a class

  1. Log in to Corsair Connect
  2. On the main page, click the “Enrollment” blue button.
  3. Select the semester in the drop-down menu near the top of the page.
  4. On the left navigation, click “Drop a Class.”
  5. Enter the class you wish to drop by selecting the class or putting in the class section number. Click “Drop the Class” to submit changes.
  6. Remember that the grades earned will appear on your permanent Santa Monica College transcript. To drop a class, you must follow all drop deadlines.

How to obtain grades and unofficial transcript

  1. Log in to Corsair Connect
  2. On the main page, click the “Enrollment” blue button.
  3. On the left navigation, click “Student Records.”
  4. Click the “Unofficial Transcript” icon. A pop-up window will be generated with your personal information along with grades.
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