About Samuel Merritt University

Founded in 1909, Samuel Merritt University. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 738 full time undergraduate students, and 1,169 full time graduate students.

The Samuel Merritt University Academic calendar runs on a Trimester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 153 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Samuel Merritt University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate%
Application Deadline
Application Fee45
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Admissions at SMU are considered , with ,2% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Samuel Merritt University.

Samuel Merritt University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    3 Students rated on-campus housing 1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    4 Students rated off-campus housing 2.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    4 Students rated campus food 4.7 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    7 Students rated campus facilities 3.2 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    7 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    7 Students rated school activities 3.3 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    7 Students rated local services 4.7 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    7 Students rated academics 3.3 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Samuel Merritt University?

5 Students rated Samuel Merritt University

Melissa - 08/07/2022

SMU is a wonderful school and they really believe in you as a person. The resources available for study techniques, tutors, and mental health and well-being are phenomenal. I am a junior and excited about the opportunities being presented to me as a student.

Erricka - 02/23/2019

I love the diversity and the passion that the professors have to teach. I also love the student community we really learn as a collective not as competitors. The campus food at the hospital is pretty good and there are lots of shops and stores off campus for food. The down side is there is no on campus housing and rent in California is uber expensive!

Ariela - 03/22/2018

Samuel Merritt is a fantastic school that has provided me with a great name and an even better education. I feel that although it was difficult to get accepted into the school, the class sizes make learning much easier. The campus is clean and beautiful, professors bend over backwards to help us succeed, and we feel safe where we are. I go to school with students that are serious about our major and we are extremely passionate about our causes.

Wendy - 09/01/2017

I took a couple of online courses last year and I loved that my professors were available to help me. The courses were extremely difficult, so it was important that I have access to my professors when needed. I thought the class assignments were very helpful in learning the material and helped prepare me for the exams. There was a lot of group work, which isn't too bad if you have the right group.

Samuel Merritt University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Samuel Merritt University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Samuel Merritt University is %. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would advise myself to not listen to anyone other than myself when choosing a college, major, and career. It doesn't matter what other people think you should do with your life -- it's your life, so it's important for you to make choices that feel right to you. It took me until I was in my 40s to figure this out. This explains why I went back to school at the age of 48, to practice a profession which is meaningful and important to me (nursing).

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    Offers accelerated BSN in12 months

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  4. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who is motivated, collaborative, and seeks innovation in healthcare. The Health Profession degrees offered in this school require hard work, lots of studying, and needs someone who is dedicated to their profession in healthcare. Don't be afraid to think out of the box and offer your opinions, ideas, and suggestions on how you can affect change in Nursing. You need to be strong and form bonds with people that you can lean on. You will cry, laugh, and feel proud throughout your years , but in the end...when you make it, you WILL exhale!

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Using the previous editions of textbooks is much less expensive and works for nearly every class

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Samuel Merritt is emmersed in healthcare via location.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    I was able to practice my chosen profession (nursing) after finishing my degree here.

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  8. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are very diverse. I like that there is diversity amongst the school. My classmates are very friendly and supportive, when needed.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for Health Sciences majors. It has an excellent reputation for graduating high caliber health care professionals and I am proud to be a part of it. I am receiving an excellent education and have just completed my first semester at this school. Samuel Merritt has an excellent reputation in accademics and the health care community.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    There are several kinds of people who should not attend this school. First, the person who attends SMU should be hard working and conscientous as a student. The curriculum at Samuel Merritt is challenging and time consuming. Those individuals who do not possess critical thinking skills would be better off at another campus. The SMU student should be dedicated to his or her proposed profession.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

N/A of students attending Samuel Merritt University receive some sort of financial aid. N/A were awarded federal grants. While N/A received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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