Merritt College: Narrative Description

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12500 Campus Dr.
Oakland, CA 94619-3196
Tel: (510)531-4911; Admissions: (510)466-7365; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Peralta Community College District System. Awards certificates, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1953. Setting: 130-acre urban campus with easy access to San Francisco. Research spending 2002-03: $34,939. Educational spending 2002-03: $1076 per student. Total enrollment: 7,984. 40% from top half of their high school class. Full-time: 1,195 students, 70% women, 30% men. Part-time: 6,789 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 12 other countries, 1% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 47% black, 19% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 55% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs. Off campus study at Holy Names College; Mills College; University of California, Berkeley.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Options: early admission, deferred admission. Placement: SAT I or ACT recommended. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: 8/28. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Nonresident tuition: $5408 full-time, $175 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $508 full-time, $18 per unit part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Student-run newspaper. Student services: women's center. College housing not available. Merritt College Library with 80,000 books and 200 serials. 20 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: See Laney College.

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