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Discover SMU

Since 1909, Samuel Merritt University has been preparing skilled health care professionals for rewarding careers.

Compassion, Care, and Community

At SMU, we’re driven to make a difference. It’s not just about educating future practitioners on how to provide outstanding patient care. We train students to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities wherever they find them. That’s why immersive learning and community engagement are a big part of the SMU experience.

As you explore SMU, you’ll discover how our mission and vision are reflected in everything we do—from our curriculum and teaching style to student services and campus life. 

A Leader in Health Sciences Education

SMU is committed to educating skilled and compassionate professionals while also serving the local community.


Stamp of Approval

Employers say that SMU graduates are "often to always" preferred among other candidates.

7000+ Community Members Served

In 2018, our students, faculty, and staff provided screenings and education to local residents at community health and wellness events.


Great Expectations

Alumni report their program met or exceeded expectations.

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We Are SMU

Outstanding programs, community engagement, and immersive learning are at the core of who we are. 

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Values in Action

At SMU, you'll learn to work with community partners, promote health and well-being across diverse populations, recognize the importance of social determinants of health, and care for patients with integrity and compassion.  

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Student Experience

Learn more about SMU's student population, student organizations, and living in the Bay Area. 

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Around SMU

The classrooms and labs at SMU’s four campuses are always bustling with energy and activity.