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We’re happy you’re interested in learning more about applying to Samuel Merritt University. As one of the largest sources of health care professionals in the state, we offer programs for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, kinesiologists, and podiatrists.

Take the First Step

We know that becoming a healthcare provider is often more than a career goal: it’s a calling.

If you’re drawn to the healthcare field because you want to make a positive difference in society, SMU may be the right place for you. Our students are passionate individuals inspired to make the world a better place and to improve the lives of underserved communities.

At SMU, we provide a high-quality health sciences education. Through hands-on community-focused learning opportunities, you’ll get to immediately see the impact your skills and passion can make.

We invite you to attend an information session, on campus or online, to learn more about careers in the health sciences and how SMU can help you reach your personal and professional goals.

Already know SMU is right for you? The admission team is here to help you begin the application process and explore financial aid options.

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Why Choose SMU?

You’ll find our alumni make a difference throughout California and beyond.


Graduation Rate

SMU's three-year median graduation rate surpasses that of many other universities.

88% Met or Exceeded Expectations

Our graduates report a high degree of satisfaction with their SMU experience.


Average GPA

At SMU, we’re committed to helping students succeed, whether in the classroom or as part of a clinical rotation.

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Ready to take the next step? Learn more about admissions requirements and deadlines for your program of interest and submit an application.

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Admission Events

Learn more about our programs and application process at an upcoming admission event or by scheduling an appointment.

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Affording SMU

From grants and loans to work-study and payment plans, you may be eligible for several types of need- and merit-based financial assistance.

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Experience Life at SMU

You’ll find our students learning, researching, and serving local communities near our three campuses and at clinical sites around the region—as well as enjoying life in Northern California.

SMU Perspectives

Health practitioners
Samuel Merritt University graduates stand out brilliantly with their excellent critical thinking skills, a broad knowledge base and an eagerness to continue learning while contributing to the care management team. I am so impressed with the manner in which SMU prepares their students that when my daughter came to me wanting to become a nurse case manager I strongly recommended SMU for her.
Andrea Kmetz, RN Director of Care Management & Quality at Meritage Medical Network

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