Merritt College

Oakland, CA 94619
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Merritt College is one of the one hundred three public 2-year colleges in California. The campus is located in an urban area, in Oakland.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 6,952 students attend the school. Every year 17% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Merritt College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $1,104, and fees were $126. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $6,624 and $486 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students6,952
Student to Faculty Ratio22:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate51%

Nursing Programs

The Merritt College Associate of Science in nursing program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The program is intended to prepare students for entry level positions in nursing.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be eligible to apply to sit for the state licensing examination for registered nurses (National Council Licensure Examination – NCLEX-RN).

The Merritt College ADN curriculum is a two year program including instruction in applied nursing sciences, related natural, social and behavioral sciences and clinical nursing experience in health care. The ADN program is taught over four semesters. Students must earn 75% or more in all nursing courses to continue in the program and graduate.  

Admissions Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency certificate
  • Complete pre-requisite college level courses with a GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Submission of mandatory health record information as per the institutions requirements (including immunization records)
  • CPR certification (AHA) to be kept current for the duration of enrollment

Applications for admission are accepted from the 2nd of January through the 1st of March for admission in the fall of the following academic year. Applications are only open once a year.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 6 24
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 95.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
01/01/1956 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$46/credit
In State Students$46/credit
Out of State Students$276/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $2,070 $2,070 $12,420
ADN 70 $3,220 $3,220 $19,320
BSN 125 $5,750 $5,750 $34,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 52% of Merritt College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 49% $4,551
Other Federal Grant 15% $585
State Grant & Scholarships 22% $1,546
Institutional Grant & Scholarships -- --
Federal Student Loans 6% $4,522
Private Loans -- --


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$10,767
$30,001 to $48,000$11,952
$48,001 to $75,000$13,219
$75,001 to $110,000--
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
Merritt College
12500 Campus Dr
Oakland, CA 94619

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