Merritt College


Merritt College is one of four colleges that are part of a group called Peralta Colleges. The other colleges within this group include Berkeley College, Laney College, and College of Alameda. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Merritt College offers many instructional programs which earn students associate degrees or certificates. Some instructional programs offered include allied health, communication, insurance, legal administration, radiologic science, and real estate. Several degrees offered at Merritt College include: Associate Degree in Nursing; Associate of Science in Radiologic Science; and, Associate of Arts in Child Development.

In addition, Merritt College offers online education for students looking for a flexible learning environment. These courses are completed online, with the exception of an occasional on-campus meeting. Some of Merritt College’s online classes include the following areas of study: business, management, computer information systems, online teaching, general psychology, and real estate.

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Information Summary

Ranks 301st in California and 3178th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 48.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $3,172
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 23 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 59% / 31%
Enrollment Total (all students) 7,453


Merritt College is open to all students interested in furthering their education, who have graduated with a diploma from a secondary school or equivalent. Prospective students can apply to the college by telephone, online, or in person.

Students interested in applying to Merritt College, should follow these steps:

  • Fill out and submit an online admissions application
  • Take an assessment test
  • Schedule an orientation
  • Make an appointment with a counselor

International students are required to pay a $50 application fee.


College Building :: Merritt College
College Campus :: Merritt College

Financial Aid

Merritt College offers several financial aid options for qualifying students who fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Contact the Financial Aid Office for a complete listing of financial assistance offered as well as instructions on how to apply.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Nestled in the hills over the San Francisco Bay, Merritt College serves an estimated 7,000 students which include high school graduates, international students, and working professionals. The campus is only minutes away from East Bay’s commercial district and offers a phenomenal view of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Merritt College is a commuter campus serving a diverse student population with a Learning Center designed to help students hone their skills such as writing, reading, and also provides a class to improve study skills. Free tutoring is also available for individuals or for small groups.

In addition, Merritt College has computer labs, professional counseling services, disabled student programs and services, and a student health center. The library website is an excellent resource for library events and updates, provides the hours of operation, and maintains an online catalog as well as electronic databases of periodical articles.

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Merritt College has several sports teams for students interested in competitive team sports while pursuing an academic degree. The college offers men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and track and field. The Merritt College Thunderbirds are part of the California Community College Athletic Association.

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