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Merritt College

Merritt College Rating: 4.3/5 (3 votes)

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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.

Most Popular Fields of Study


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.

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

Ranks 3172nd for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 222nd in California and 2425th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.03
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,981 0.75
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 104 0.03
Forcible Rape 202 0.05
Robbery 3,365 0.85
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5,170 1.31
Larceny 9,429 2.39
Vehicle theft 6,305 1.59

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Oakland, CA 94619-3196
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population24,501 (24,434 urban / 67 rural)
Households8,941 (2.69 people per house)
Median Household Income$54,174
Families5,906 (3.24 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District613

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4197th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,104 $1,104 $6,216
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $40 $40 $40
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $46 $46 $259
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $2,854 $2,854 $7,966
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,433 $18,433 $23,545
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,273 $7,273 $12,385

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,046 $1,144 $1,046 $1,144 $5,150 $5,704
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,160(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,302 $4,419
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,302 $4,419

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 677th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $81,149 ($81,339 male / $79,097 female)
Number of FT Faculty 74 (28 male / 46 female)
Number of PT Faculty 210
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $3,497,834

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