Merritt College

Merritt College

Merritt College was founded in 1954 as the Merritt School of Business. It was named after Dr. Samuel Merritt. The college is a part of the Peralta Community College District. It is located in an area of more than 120 acres in the hills of Oakland, California. In 1971, the college moved to its present campus.

There are several academic departments at Merritt College. Some of these are the computer information systems, environmental management and technology, paralegal studies, business administration, administration of justice and medical assistant departments. The college also offers a number of scholarships.

The sports teams of Merritt College are nicknamed the Thunderbirds and compete in a wide variety of sports like men's and women's basketball, cross-country, track and field and men's soccer. The college competes in the Bay Valley Conference.

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Merritt College
12500 Campus Dr
Oakland , CA 94619-3196
General Phone: (510) 531-4911

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Merritt College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Family and Social Work272foodservice management, child development, human services
Liberal Arts184minority and gender studies, language translation, French language, Spanish language, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, social services, anthropology, ...
Science68biological and physical sciences
Nursing and Emergency Medicine66EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Medical Support and Technology45radiographer
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy42parks and recreation studies, dietetic technician
Real Estate and Construction Management40real estate
Landscaping and Horticulture37applied horticulture, landscaping, plant nursery
Therapy and Counseling34substance abuse counseling
Business and Management26business, business management, accounting
Law26legal secretary, legal assistant
Security and Law Enforcement13corrections, criminal justice and police
Computer Science and Engineering1computer and info science, computer programming, computer networking, system administration, webmastering
Office and Administration1data entry, office management, administrative assistant
Engineering Technician1energy systems tech, hazardous materials tech
Agricultural Science and Management0various agricutural courses
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies
Education and Teaching0early childhood special ed
Medicine0medical preparatory

Number of programs and degrees for Merritt College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year23712
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years14410
Associate's degree45436
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years2330

Merritt College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Merritt College had a total enrollment of 6,944 students (3,449 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 21%
Black 34%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 19%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 10%
20-21 9%
22-24 12%
25-29 15%
30-34 11%
35-39 9%
40-49 14%
50-64 13%
65+ 3%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown15%

Merritt College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 28 %
Part-Time 31 %

Merritt College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Oakland, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Merritt College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 564
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,674
Books and supplies $ 1,566

Financial Aid:
Merritt College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 126700)

Merritt College Faculty

Merritt College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year3$103,29411$90,280
All faculty totalcalendar year3$103,29411$90,280

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year29$78,75744$77,216
All faculty totalacademic year29$78,75744$77,216

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Merritt College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences, General
System Administration/Administrator
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms

Engineering Technician
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Human Services, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Nursery Operations and Management

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
Geography, Other
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Language Interpretation and Translation
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Medical Support And Technology
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetic Technician (DTR)
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Office Management and Supervision

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Biological and Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
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checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
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