12500 Campus Dr
Oakland, CA 94619
Top Ranked (2022-23): View Rankings
  • 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 6,857 students (23% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the state community college average of 24:1.
Minority enrollment is 86% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 77%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,857 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,144
  • Out-state tuition: $6,256
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 32:1
  • Minority enrollment: 86%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Merritt College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 216 teachers has grown by 50% over five years.
Merritt College
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
216 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Merritt College has grown by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has decreased from 46:1 over five years.
The Merritt College diversity score of 0.78 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,857 students
8,365 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
32:1
24:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,546 students
2,015 students
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# Part-Time Students
5,311 students
6,350 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
288 students
33 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,546 students
1,979 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
69 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
5,311 students
6,350 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
3 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
17%
12%
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% Hispanic
34%
47%
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% Black
22%
6%
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% White
14%
23%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
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% Two or more races
5%
4%
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% Non Resident races
2%
2%
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% Unknown races
6%
6%
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Diversity Score
0.78
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
1.44%
4.57%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$39,700
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,144 is less than the state average of $2,173. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $6,256 is less than the state average of $7,256. The out-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$1,144
$2,173
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,256
$7,256
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
72%
79%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$14,875
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$9,500
$6,239
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Acceptance Rate
100%
89%
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Merritt College cost?

Merritt College's tuition is approximately $1,144 for In-State students and $6,256 for Out-State students.

What is the acceptance rate of Merritt College?

The acceptance rate of Merritt College is 100%, which is higher than the state average of 89%.

What is Merritt College's ranking?

Merritt College ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Diversity in US community colleges.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 6,857 students
  • In-state tuition: $1,144
  • Out-state tuition: $6,256
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 32:1
  • Minority enrollment: 86%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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For Alameda County, CA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,145 per year for in-state students and $6,480 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Alameda County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Alameda County, CA is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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