Merritt College

  • The mission of Merritt College is to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve by helping students to attain knowledge, master skills, develop the appreciation, attitudes and values needed to succeed and participate responsibly in a democratic society.
School Highlights
  • Merritt College serves 6,574 students (29% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 83% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Merritt College is one of 10 community colleges within Alameda County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Merritt College is Laney College (5.2 miles away).

Top Placements

Merritt College places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 129 teachers has declined by 21% over five years.
Merritt College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty129 staff97 staff
Merritt College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Merritt College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The Merritt College diversity score of 0.79 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment6,574 students7,516 students
Merritt College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio51:144:1
Merritt College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,908 students1,613 students
Merritt College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students4,643 students5,903 students
Merritt College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Merritt College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Merritt College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Merritt College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Merritt College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Merritt College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Merritt College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Merritt College Hawaiian (2011-2013)
% Two or more races
Merritt College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Merritt College Non Resident (2007-2015)
% Unknown races
Merritt College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.790.73
Merritt College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Merritt College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,700$34,600
Merritt College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,144 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,256 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,144$1,636
Merritt College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,256$6,797
Merritt College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid81%78%
Merritt College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$8,720$5,500
Acceptance Rate100%96%
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Merritt College and academic tradition are synonymous. Its over 40-year tradition of academic excellence is prominently manifested in its distinguished alumni and faculty who taught them. Annually, four-year colleges and universities across the state are eager recipients of Merritt transfer students from medicine and law, to art and science. Always the community college innovator, Merritt boasts many unique occupational programs such as its much touted nursing and health professions, community social services/substance abuse counselor, environmental hazardous materials technology, computer information systems, landscape horticulture and environmental management, paralegal studies and restoration technology. There are many benefits that make Merritt the first choice of over 6,000 students each semester. Merritt cares. You can be assured of small classes, caring faculty, friendly admissions staff, and first class support services. Merritt has a great location. The campus is nestled in the scenic Oakland hills with a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay out through the Golden Gate. A safe, clean, cheerful environment awaits your ascent to Merritt's opportunities. Merritt has a wide array of excellent courses taught by very caring and knowledgeable faculty. Our professional staff is eager to help you develop an educational plan which will make your dreams become a reality. Merritt has a wide range of services and resources provided by friendly, helpful, and devoted professional staff. The entire Merritt College family is committed to contributing to your success as a student. Merritt college has a rich cultural diversity of students from many ethnic groups which provides a positive and enriching learning environment.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to Merritt College is Laney College (5.2 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,157 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 84%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.