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Letter from the President

Welcome to Samuel Merritt University. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about us – our mission, academic programs, and our commitment as a health sciences university to compassion and community.  

Located in the center of a major urban medical center, our University immerses students, faculty, staff and community members in a rich, patient-based setting. At Samuel Merritt University, the learning experience includes clinical practice and participation in simulation, as well as opportunities to serve in medical mission fieldwork and local community outreach programs. We educate students to become highly skilled healthcare professionals who positively transform the experience of care in diverse communities.

As I celebrate my 40th year, I am amazed by the extraordinary quality of our faculty and their dedication to student learning and personalized instruction. And, if I were asked to describe our students, I would tell you about their intelligence and can-do commitment to make a difference in the lives of people. Respect, hard work, humor and heart are just some of the special qualities you will find among the staff, faculty and students at SMU.

From the state-of-the art health sciences simulation center to early hands-on patient care, every day at SMU provides an opportunity for growth and service. I invite you to learn more about how Samuel Merritt University might fulfill your dreams to change your life, and the lives of others.  

Sharon Diaz, President, Samuel Merritt University

Read more about President Diaz's time at Samuel Merritt University here.