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About SMU

With its strong academics, outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and deep commitment to the community, Samuel Merritt University has a rich tradition of educating skilled and compassionate healthcare professionals.

Transforming the Experience of Care

SMU is an integral part of patient care in Northern California. We’re one of the largest educators of registered nurses in California, and many of the physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians who provide care in the region are graduates of our programs. 

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SMU Fast Facts

We’ve been preparing successful health care professionals for generations.



Almost one-third of our student are the first in their family to attend college.


Graduates Employed in Their Specialty

Our alumni are in high demand in our local communities and beyond.



At campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, Fresno, and on the San Francisco Peninsula.

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SMU History

SMU began as a credential nursing program with Oakland's Samuel Merritt Hospital. Today, more than 110 years later, it offers nursing programs and advanced degrees for occupational and physical therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians.

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Academic Affairs

Outstanding health science education programs as well as student-centered services and faculty support and resources.

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Student Experience

SMU is home to more than 2,700 students from around the United States and the world. If you want to make a difference, you’ll fit right in.

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President & Leadership Team

Meet SMU's president and leadership team, including the board of regents.

Leading SMU Forward

Around SMU

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