Admission Events and Counseling

Is Samuel Merritt University right for you? Find out by attending one of our upcoming admissions events or schedule a personal appointment. 

We’d Love to Get to Know You 

We’re happy you’re interested in SMU. Our friendly admission team is ready to help you learn more about our programs, locations, faculty, student life, and hands-on learning opportunities.  There are many ways to get to know us. You can start by visiting our events calendar for details about upcoming info sessions, campus tours, college and university visits, conference exhibits, and more.


Attend an Info Session
We offer a variety of general and program-specific information sessions to help you prepare for admission. Info sessions are available throughout the year, both on campus and via online webinar.

Schedule an Admission Counseling Appointment
We can meet one-on-one by phone or in-person to review and discuss your transcripts. We’re available for appointments at any of our campus locations Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments last between 30 and 60 minutes. We encourage you to attend an information session or webinar prior to a counseling session.

To schedule an admission counseling appointment, contact the Campus Service Center:
510.879.9200  or    

NOTE—Applicants to SMU's Physician Assistant Program: Due to the number of applications to the PA program, it is not possible for us to meet with each prospective student one-on-one. We want to make sure you have ample opportunities to learn as much as possible about the program and SMU and have an opportunity to ask questions, however. We offer campus tours, preview days, and webinars for applicants to this program.

Virtual Chat Sessions - Q&A
Have a question about one of our programs? Admission staff host hour-long virtual drop-ins or chat sessions catered to each program. Visit our Events page for upcoming sessions and additional details. No RSVP is required. 

Students With Disabilities 
Accommodations may requested by emailing Elisa Laird-Metke at Please provide as much notice as possible to allow for set up. 

Workshops and Immersion Tours

In addition to info sessions, admission counseling, and campus tours, we offer application workshops and one- and three-day immersion experiences to personally introduce you to SMU. 

Join SMU Admissions for a NursingCAS Application Workshop. Learn tips and tricks to make using NursingCAS as smooth as possible, plus get insider information about how to strengthen your application. Workshops are hosted twice per semester during the fall and spring terms, typically on a Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Preview and RSVP for the next scheduled NursingCAS session from the full list of Admission events in the link below.

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Each September and March, we offer an action-packed day of information sessions and campus tours. There's also a student services and student organizations fair as well as Motion Analysis Research Center (MARC) demonstrations. 

RSVP For Preview Day

Underrepresented students (low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented minority students) who are interested in Samuel Merritt University's BSN, ABSN, and ELMSN programs are encouraged to attend our three-day Nursing Success! Seminar. Students learn about the admissions process; meet current students, faculty, and staff; and tour the Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) during this semi-annual event.

Applications are now open for the January 13-15, 2021 Nursing Success! Seminar. Please note that plans are in place to host this as a virtual event if needed.



How do I apply?

The APPLY button above will be activated once applications are being accepted for the next Nursing! Success Seminar.

When is it? 

The Seminar is held twice a year, typically in January and June.

 Who's it for?

The seminar is presented via two simultaneous tracks:

Track 1—BSN Direct-Entry:  Open to participants currently completing pre-nursing coursework at California’s Community Colleges or four-year institutions. This track is only available to prospective participants who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree and who are interested in SMU’s direct entry transfer BSN program.

Track 2—ABSN/ELMSN:  Open to participants who already have (or will have) a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and who are interested in SMU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) or Entry Level Master of Science (ELMSN) program.

During the Nursing Success Seminar you will:

  • Explore the profession of nursing
  • Participate in organized lectures covering relevant topics in nursing such as: reducing health disparities, international nursing, and the nursing profession today
  • Learn about the SMU admission process, financial aid, and the HESI A2 exam
  • Tour SMU’s state-of-the-art Health Sciences Simulation Center 
  • Meet and speak with SMU nursing students, faculty, and staff

How does one qualify for the seminar?

Successful applicants to Track 1 must have completed a minimum of 24-semester units of college-level coursework at either a California community college or four-year institution. Applicants to Track 2 must have earned or will earn a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Applicants may not have been previously enrolled in a nursing program. Your overall college GPA will be taken into consideration, since there is limited space, expect acceptance to be competitive.

How many participants are accepted to the seminar?

Participation is limited to 25 participants for each track.

Where does the seminar take place?

The Nursing Success! Seminar will be held on the main campus in Oakland, CA.

Costs and out-of-pocket expenses

There is no program cost associated with the seminar. Seminar participants will be expected to cover their own travel and parking expense to and from the campus. Breakfast and lunch are included as part of the seminar.

How do I apply for the Nursing Success! Seminar?

In addition to a complete application, please submit: a complete set of your unofficial transcripts from all colleges attending/attended (merge all transcripts into one document before uploading to the application) and a typewritten response to the personal statement. 

When are the application deadlines?

Applications are due April 15 for June session  and October 15 for the January session. These dates may be subject to change.

When will you know if you’ve been accepted?

Successful participants will be notified via email about 30 days before the seminar, around early May or December. These dates may be subject to change.

Questions? Please contact:

Shawna Holbrook
Admission Counselor
Samuel Merritt University
P: (510) 879-9222

Applying to SMU in the future?
While attending the SMU Nursing Success! Seminar will not guarantee you admission into the BSN, ABSN, or ELMSN programs, we hope it will ease some of the stress of the application process. There will be some additional benefits to you should you choose to apply to SMU after your participation in the seminar. These will be discussed during the seminar.

What students say about the Nursing Success! Seminar?

“I can truly say the Nursing Success Seminar was a life-changing experience for me. You did an awesome job coordinating the event with valuable content about the nursing industry and speakers! Thank you for the genuine effort to make a difference in the "faces of healthcare"; diversity is always more progressive!”
Natalie Lucas
Nursing Success Seminar, 2016: Accepted for Fall 2018 ELMSN-FNP

“Thank you for this wonderful seminar! I had a great time and I learned a lot. Samuel Merritt is certainly a great school with a mission statement that resonates strongly with me. This seminar ended up being far more special than I thought a three-day seminar could ever be, and hopefully I will return to this school as a student in the future.”
Daniel Klein
Nursing Success Seminar, 2016

“I just wanted to thank you again for hosting the Nursing Success Seminar. It was a truly life-changing and one of a kind experience. I have never been in a room full of intelligent, kind-hearted, and diverse group of individuals striving for the same positive change. Thank you for all the hard work that you, along with the student ambassadors, and staff to create such a well-organized, detailed, informative, and inspiring event. I left feeling united with my peers and even more excited to apply to Samuel Merritt University”
Lisa Soohoo
Nursing Success Seminar 2017: Accepted for spring 2018 BSN

“Thank you so much for the wonderful experience as I have learned a lot and gained valuable information about nursing careers from amazing speakers. I really enjoyed my experience as it was very empowering to be in a program full of other like-minded students who have similar goals and interests. This experience solidified my interest to pursue a career in nursing.”
Dahae Hwang
Nursing Success Seminar 2019

“I wanted to thank you again for such an informative and immersive experience. I had a great time meeting so many like-minded  and intelligent people that I could to relate to on many levels. The seminar calmed my nerves and provided me with a lot of  information to prepare for the nursing application as well as a career in nursing. I was not expecting how deep and emotional this experience would get after hearing how passionate my peers were about becoming a nurse and helping the community. It was truly inspiring and felt right.” 

Kendall Miller
Nursing Success Seminar 2019


      The 2020 CSPM Summer Immersion Program/Experience has been postponed because of the pandemic. A short virtual session has been planned in lieu of the event. Click here for details to the virtual event.

      CSPM Summer Immersion Experience Workshop

      Spend three days exploring the profession of podiatric medicine and surgery at SMU’s Oakland campus. You'll have the chance to:

      • Explore the profession of podiatry
      • Shadow current CSPM students and faculty in a variety of clinical settings
      • Learn about the Basic Sciences department and its partnership with CSPM
      • Participate in an MCAT workshop
      • Learn about the admission process, financial aid, and scholarships
      • Participate in cast making and suturing. learn sports medicine taping techniques, and more

      Space is limited for this summer program. Once applications are open, you will be able to apply through the button link below.



      How does one qualify for the workshop?

      Successful applicants will have 40 or more credit hours completed by an accredited undergraduate institution and may not have been previously enrolled in a school of podiatric medicine. Your all-college GPA will be taken in consideration, since there is limited space, expect acceptance to be competitive.

      How many students are accepted to the workshop?

      Participation in the Podiatry Experience Workshop is limited to 25 participants.

      Where does the workshop take place?

      The Podiatry Experience Workshop will be held on the main campus of Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA.

      Are there scholarships available for program participants?

      For out of state participants, we anticipate there will be travel scholarships available to help offset the cost of participation in the program; students who live locally will be eligible for a small monetary stipend to help cover travel expenses.  Recipients will be notified of scholarships at the time of acceptance.

      Will there be other out of pocket expenses I can expect as part of the program?

      Yes.  All participants are responsible for overnight housing costs (hotel) and meals outside the program.  Most days breakfast and lunch are included as part of the program.  Travel to/from campus and parking will be your responsibility. 

      How do I apply for the Summer Immersion program?

      Applications are submitted online. Letters of reference will need to be submitted manually or via email using the form provided below. Unofficial transcripts from all schools attended should be transferred into one document and uploaded with your application. The application portal will be available on this page through an APPLY button.

      Where can I find the letter of reference form? 

      The letter of recommendation form is available here.

      Letters of reference must be submitted to:

      Dr. David Tran
      CSPM Podiatry Experience Workshop
      450 30th Street, Suite 2860
      Oakland, CA 94609

      Letters of reference can also be emailed to

      When is the application deadline?

      Application deadline to be determined. Check back periodically for updates.

      When will you know if you've been accepted to the workshop?

      Successful participants will be notified by by email about 45-60 days before the Summer Immersion Experience begins. Although subject to change, here is a sample agenda for the workshop.

      Questions? Please contact:

      David Tran, DPM, MS
      Assistant Professor, Associate Dean of Admission, and Director of Graduate Placement
      California School of Podiatric Medicine
      P: 510.879.9218

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