Samuel Merritt College: Narrative Description

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370 Hawthorne Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609-3108
Tel: (510)869-6511
Free: 800-607-MERRITT
Admissions: (510)869-6610
Fax: (510)869-6525
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees (bachelor's degree offered jointly with Saint Mary's College of California). Founded 1909. Setting: 1-acre urban campus with easy access to San Francisco. Endowment: $18.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8889 per student. Total enrollment: 1,008. Faculty: 154 (66 full-time, 88 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 120 applied, 56% were admitted. Full-time: 289 students, 93% women, 7% men. Part-time: 36 students, 86% women, 14% men. Students come from 5 states and territories, 1 other country, 1% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 10% black, 26% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.3% international, 43% 25 or older, 6% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Saint Mary's College of California. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $33,983 includes full-time tuition ($23,768), mandatory fees ($160), and college room and board ($10,055). College room only: $6507. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level, program, and student level. Part-time tuition: $986 per unit. Part-time mandatory fees: $160 per year. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level, program, and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Most popular organizations: Multicultural Group, California Nursing Students Association, Student Body Association. Major annual events: Convocation, Opening Barbecue, Diversity Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 24-hour controlled access. 91 college housing spaces available; 18 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. John A. Graziano Memorial Library plus 1 other with 33,000 books, 60 serials, and 1,522 audiovisual materials. Operations spending 2003-04: $540,592. 48 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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