Giving to Samuel Merritt University

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A Sound Investment for You, Your Family and the Community

Donate Now Samuel Merritt University (SMU) is the largest source of registered nurses in the state of California and is the only provider of physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and podiatric physicians in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.  

SMU is breathing new life into the health sciences by creating a generation of highly skilled and compassionate professionals ready to tackle twenty-first century healthcare challenges.  The University's reputation for peronalized instruction and hands-on clinical training is enhanced by its affiliation with Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.  Because of the academic excellence of the institution, graduates are in high demand and experience among the highest rates of employment within one year of graduation.  Graduates earn passing scores far above national averages on license and certification exams. 

The University currently enrolls over 1,590 undergraduate and graduate students in roughly equal proportions (Fall 2015).  Of that total, approximately 66 percent are enrolled in nursing and the balance, in the disciplines listed above.  Enrollment at the University has increased by 43 percent since 1999 due to the expansion of new programs. 

Private support provides a critical element in enabling a bright, young, qualified student to continue their education and fulfill their dream of becoming a health care professional. 


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