Merritt College

Nestled in the hills above San Francisco Bay, Merritt College offers students the opportunity to study in one of the most dramatic natural settings in Northern California. With a panorama that includes the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean, Merritt’s striking vistas provide a breathtaking backdrop for a packed roster of first-rate academic and vocational programs. Merritt, minutes from the East Bay’s busiest commercial centers, boasts acclaimed programs in Community Social Services, Registered Nursing, Child Development, Nutrition and Dietetics, Environmental Studies and Landscape Horticulture.

Student Demographics
Students Gender Ethnicity/Race Age
10,936 Female 63.3% African American 27.4%  Less than 20 years old 22.0%
Male 34.4% Hispanic 27.3%  20 to 24 years old 27.1%
Unknown 2.2% White 17.0%  25 to 39 years old 33.6%
Asian 16.1%  40 or more years old 17.3%
Filipino 3.4%
Two or more Races 1.9%
 American Indian/Alaska Native 0.3%

ESL program and/or support services

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program focuses on providing advanced skill development and college academic preparation to students whose first language is other than English. Our program provides students with the tools and techniques they need to reach their goals, whether they be academic preparation, workplace improvement, or personal enrichment.

Student Housing options

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Admission requirements for first year and transfer students

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International Student visas issued


Cost of attendance and financial assistance

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Student activities and campus life

Student life