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Samuel Merritt University Overview

Located in Oakland, California, Samuel Merritt University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Samuel Merritt University Known For?

529 Undergraduate Awards
  • Samuel Merritt University has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Samuel Merritt University is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Samuel Merritt University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 45% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Samuel Merritt University bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $111,100 a year. That's about 172% more than their peers at other schools.

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Samuel Merritt University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Samuel Merritt University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Rehabilitation Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Allied Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Most Popular Rehabilitation Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Most Popular Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Samuel Merritt University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions Schools College Factual
#1 Best Registered Nursing Schools College Factual
#1 Best Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Schools College Factual
#2 Best Nursing Schools College Factual
#5 Best Allied Health Professions Schools College Factual
#7 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is Samuel Merritt University?


Contact details for Samuel Merritt University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3100 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: 800-607-6377

How Do I Get Into Samuel Merritt University?

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Can I Afford Samuel Merritt University?

0.9% Loan Default Rate

The student loan default rate at Samuel Merritt University is 0.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Samuel Merritt University Undergraduate Student Diversity

535 Full-Time Undergraduates
78% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 736 undergraduate students at Samuel Merritt University, with 535 being full-time and 201 being part-time.


There are also 1,314 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 535 full-time undergraduates at Samuel Merritt University, 22% are male and 78% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Samuel Merritt University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 179
Black or African American 50
Hispanic or Latino 116
White 141
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 49

Over 5 countries are represented at Samuel Merritt University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Philippines, and China.

Online Learning at Samuel Merritt University

304 Took All Classes Online
304 Took At Least One Class Online
10.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 304 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Samuel Merritt University has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 82nd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of Samuel Merritt University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Samuel Merritt University was 10.3%. This is the #1,375 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Samuel Merritt University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Samuel Merritt University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 1%
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 44%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Samuel Merritt University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Samuel Merritt University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #77

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Samuel Merritt University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 529 9 210 17 765
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 7 91 98
Allied Health Professions 0 0 43 0 43
TOTAL 529 9 260 108 906


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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