Samuel Merritt University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
3100 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609


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  • <$30k
  • $30-48k
  • $49-75k
  • $76-110k
  • $110k+


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of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.6 responses
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.5 responses
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.5 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$111,500/ year
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Samuel Merritt is a great school that I've come to truly appreciate. Although the school is not extremely large and does not have dormitories, there are other factors that merit its high ranking. SMU provides degrees in various medical fields. That being said, by specializing in a small number of degrees, the quality of instruction, classes, and students that graduate are top-notch.

For those who want to work and learn with a diverse student body will not be disappointed. Majority of the instructors are still working professionals. And although tuition may be high, SMU graduates are highly regarded.
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I love that this school has the accelerated bachelors in nursing program but it is definitely tough. From day 1, you hit the ground running and there is no time for slacking off! I do think it is worth the cost and hard work but you have to be prepared from the beginning. The staff is very helpful and they want you to succeed, which is always good. I would definitely choose SMU over other schools due to three things: reputation, class size, and high standard of education.
I'm a new student at Samuel Merritt and can't wait to get started. I just finished orientation and I'm so excited to start my nursing journey with them. So far, the school has bee extremely helpful while I transition into their ABSN program.