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Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University is college with 589 students located in Oakland, CA.

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Originally founded in 1909, Samuel Merritt University (SMU) is a fully accredited health sciences institution located in Oakland, California. The University offers degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and podiatric medicine. Samuel Merritt University is an affiliate of Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Student enrollment is over 1,400, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo. The University strives to reflect the community it serves by recruiting students with a variety of ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Samuel Merritt has a strong reputation for personalized instruction because of its outstanding faculty, who bring impressive academic and clinical backgrounds to life-long learning, and a deep commitment to students and to the community. Due to the University's reputation for academic and clinical excellence, its graduates are heavily recruited, and have one of the highest rates of employment within one year of graduation. Samuel Merritt University is the largest source of new registered nurses in California. The University is also the largest provider of physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants and podiatric physicians in the greater East Bay. Samuel Merritt University graduates' passing scores on licensure and certification exams exceed state and national rates. Samuel Merritt University offers two clinical doctoral programs, including podiatric medicine and physical therapy. A doctor is nursing practice degree will enroll its first class in January 2011 pending approval by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. MISSION

Samuel Merritt University educates students to become highly skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals who positively transform the experience of care in diverse communities.


Samuel Merritt University is recognized as a premier health sciences institution. Expert faculty and staff shape an inclusive learning environment where students experience best teaching practices and state-of-the-art learning approaches. The University selects and supports students who flourish in its rigorous academic programs, learn to practice expertly, and pass licensure or certification examinations on first attempt.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 589
Gender 15% Male / 85% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 84% Full Time / 16% Part Time
Geography 98% In State / 2% Out of State / % International
Ethnic Diversity
White 44%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2%
Multi-racial 7%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 25%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%


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  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper

Student Services

  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling health services personal counseling financial aid counseling
  • Facilities: nursing resource laboratory, health education center, health science library, anatomy laboratory, therapeutic exercise laboratory, living skills laboratory, human occupations laboratory, health sciences simulation lab
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration english as a second language (esl) independent study liberal arts/career combination accelerated program cooperative education internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (100%)

Majors Offered


A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Job Opportunities:

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Registered Nurses
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

Administration & Faculty

President Sharon Diaz
Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 109
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 24 : 75
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100




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Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $41,330 Same as On-Campus
Fees $1,206 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $42,536 $42,536

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