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 9 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 stayed relatively flat 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
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Student Body

  • The student population of Merritt College has grown by 9% 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 stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment6,574 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio51:144:1
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# Full-Time Students1,908 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students4,643 students5,903 students
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This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Merritt College.This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of CA.
% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
17%
13%
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% Hispanic
29%
37%
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% Black
26%
7%
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% White
17%
32%
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% Hawaiian
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% Two or more races
5%
3%
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% Non Resident races
-
3%
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% Unknown races
3%
5%
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Diversity Score0.790.73
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College Completion Rate
11%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$39,700$34,600
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Merritt College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of CA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

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
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,256$6,797
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid81%78%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Merritt College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in CA by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
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).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 10,548 students | 5.20 Mi900 Fallon Sreet
    Oakland CA  94607
    (510)834-5740
    5.2010,548
  • 5,712 students | 6.10 Mi555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pky
    Alameda CA  94501
    (510)522-7221
    6.105,712
  • 509 students | 6.70 Mi15555 E. 14th Street, Suite 500
    San Leandro CA  94578
    (510)276-3888
    6.70509
  • 6,321 students | 7.80 Mi2050 Center Sreet
    Berkeley CA  94704
    (510)981-2800
    7.806,321
  • 13,047 students | 11.10 Mi25555 Hesperian Blvd
    Hayward CA  94545
    (510)723-6600
    11.1013,047
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The average community college acceptance rate in California is 86%. 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.