Merritt College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$1,104
2022 Average Net Price
$17,108
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
5.38%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
6,514
15.6% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
20.7%
48 Graduates

About

Merritt College is a higher education institution located in Alameda County, CA. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Merritt College were General Health Services (130 degrees awarded), General Social Sciences (59 degrees), and Registered Nursing (41 degrees).

In 2022, 1,024 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Merritt College. 74.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 25.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (281 degrees), 1.2 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (235 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Merritt College is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Merritt College is $1,104, which is $−7,008 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,108.

In 2022, 68% of undergraduate students attending Merritt College received financial aid through grants.

Tuition Costs

$1,104
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Merritt College was $1,104. The cost of tuition at Merritt College is $−7,008 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$17,108
2022 Value
5.64%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Merritt College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,108. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Merritt College grew by 5.64%.

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Other Student Expenses

$22,066
Room and Board
$1,724
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Merritt College was of $22,066 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,724. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 12.5% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

68%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants

68% of undergraduate students at Merritt College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 54.5% with respect to 2021, when 44% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
5.38%
2019 Default Rate
5
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Merritt College was 5.38%, which represents 5 out of the 93 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Merritt College had a total enrollment of 6,514 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Merritt College is 1,017 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,497. This means that 15.6% of students enrolled at Merritt College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Merritt College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 34.2% Hispanic or Latino, 20.4% Black or African American, 18.3% Asian, 15.8% White, 5.43% Two or More Races, 0.445% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.353% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Merritt College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (20.8%), followed by Black or African American Female (14%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (11.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

15.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Merritt College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 6,514 students. The full-time enrollment at Merritt College is 1,017 and the part-time enrollment is 5,497. This means that 15.6% of students enrolled at Merritt College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

57%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Merritt College was 57%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Merritt College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    2,230 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    1,327 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    1,195 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Merritt College is 34.2% Hispanic or Latino, 20.4% Black or African American, 18.3% Asian, 15.8% White, 5.43% Two or More Races, 0.445% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.353% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 248 students (3.81%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 500 more women than men received degrees from Merritt College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Merritt College is hispanic or latino (281 degrees awarded). There were 1.2 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (235 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Merritt College is General Health Services (130 degrees awarded), followed by General Social Sciences (59 degrees) and Registered Nursing (41 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Merritt College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Human Sciences (262 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (87 degrees), and Legal (24 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Merritt College are Registered nurses (1,442,564 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (354,697 people), Other managers (319,689 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (206,584 people), and Medical & health services managers (184,406 people).

The most specialized majors at Merritt College in 2022 are Human Sciences (262 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (87 degrees), Legal (24 degrees), Protective Services (40 degrees), and Health (268 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Merritt College are Surgeons, Physicians, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Merritt College are Human Sciences (262 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (87 degrees), Legal (24 degrees), Protective Services (40 degrees), and Health (268 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Merritt College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,631,339 people), Elementary & secondary schools (588,611 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (494,846 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (373,639 people), and Legal services (307,530 people).

The most specialized majors at Merritt College are Human Sciences (262 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (87 degrees), Legal (24 degrees), Protective Services (40 degrees), and Health (268 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Merritt College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 130 degrees awarded
  2. 59 degrees awarded
  3. 41 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Merritt College was General Health Services with 130 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

262
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
762
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 262 degrees were awarded to men at Merritt College, which is 0.344 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (762).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 34 degrees were awarded to men at Merritt College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.54 times less than the 63 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 241 degrees were awarded to men at Merritt College in Child Care Provider, which is 18.5 times more than the 13 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

11%
100% Completion Time
20%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 11% of students graduating from Merritt College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 20% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 24% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Merritt College is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 6.25% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    281 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    235 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    223 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Merritt College is hispanic or latino (281 degrees awarded). There were 1.2 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (235 degrees).

3.61% of degree recipients (37 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    224 degrees awarded
  2. Asian Female
    175 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    164 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Merritt College is hispanic or latino female (224 degrees awarded). There were 1.28 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian female (175 degrees).

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Operations

Merritt College employs 58 Instructors. Most academics at Merritt College are Female Instructor (35), and Male Instructor (23).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Merritt College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 26 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 17 employees, and Management with 12 employees.

Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $5.36M - Federal
  2. $4.9M - State
  3. $1.18M - Local

As of 2022, Merritt College received $5.36M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $4.9M from state grants and contracts, and $1.18M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$20.2M
2022 Salaries
7.56%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Merritt College paid a median of $20.2M in salaries, a 7.56% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$6.56M
Instructional Salaries
58
Number of Employees

In 2022, Merritt College paid a total of $6.56M to 58 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
58 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
26 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Merritt College was Instructor with 58 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Merritt College were Office and Administrative Support with 26 employees, Business and Financial Operations with 17 employees, and Management with 12 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Merritt College was Female Instructor with 35 employees, and Male Instructor with 23 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Merritt College.

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