America's Resource for On-the-Job Training


Career Education  (CE) programs at Merritt College give students the chance to learn skills in some of the fastest-growing occupations in the country. These programs offer challenging academic standards and provide relevant technical knowledge necessary to prepare for careers in current or emerging fields by earning a Certificate or Associate Degree. Merritt College offers these relevant career programs in a variety of fields taught by experienced, award-winning faculty. Choose from an array of programs that allow students to begin a career in two years or less.

Linked on the left are the CE Degree and Certificate programs offered by Merritt College. Contact information is available at each site.


Accreditation Process

Merritt College maintains accreditation by meeting standards established by the ACCJC. Throughout the continuous six-year accreditation review cycle, the College engages in internal evaluation, external evaluation by its peers, Commission evaluation, and institutional self-improvement. This process results in the publication of several review instruments, including a comprehensive institutional self-evaluation report (ISER), an external evaluation report, and a midterm report, as well as annual reports and annual fiscal reports.

Merritt College begins a new accreditation cycle in the 2020-2021 academic year.  Teams of faculty, classified staff and administrators have been gathering evidence, drafting an ISER and preparing for a site visit in spring 2021.  The organization of teams and a timeline of the work are shown below.

Merritt College community members can assist the ACCJC in their consideration of Merritt College’s application for reaffirmation of accreditation by submitting comments here: ACCJC Third Party Comments


Welcome to Merritt College!

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and administration I am pleased to welcome you to Merritt College. We are honored that you have decided to pursue your educational, professional, and personal goals here at Merritt, and we are committed to ensuring that you achieve them.

For more than sixty years Merritt College has been an essential community partner with a rich history of academic excellence, career training, and civic engagement. That legacy continues to inform and inspire our Mission, Core Values, and Vision for the college.

Our curriculum affords you the opportunity to explore a wide array of intellectual, vocational or recreational interests. Our faculty comprises some of the most accomplished and dedicated educators in their respective fields. In addition, our counselors and professional staff will provide you with the services and support that you need to be successful. It is also an exciting time for Merritt in that we are implementing new campus technology, erecting new facilities, and expanding course offerings and programs in the community.

Thank you for choosing and trusting us to help you realize your educational aspirations. Merritt College is a special place and your presence here ensures that our best days are ahead.

Why Choose Merritt

Merritt College opened its doors nearly 60 years ago and today remains the heart of a thriving, diverse community where students of all ages and backgrounds can get a quality education at a very affordable price. Whether you want to get an associate degree, transfer to a four-year college or university, update your job skills, find a new career, or take a class just for personal enrichment, Merritt College is the place to be.

Cost: As a community college, Merritt provides college-level education at a fraction of the cost of four-year or private university. At only $46 per unit, a full time student spends only $552 in tuition costs for the entire semester. (Books and supplies not included).

Variety of majors: Merritt offers a wide array of certificates, associate degrees, and transfer courses that you can choose from to design a career. Some of our most sought-after programs are nursing, radiology, nutrition, microscopy, administration of justice, child development, paralegal studies, and much more.

Flexibility: We have morning and evening course offerings to accommodate your schedule as well as online courses.

Academic Support: Our Learning Center provides a quiet place to study, tutoring services to support your academic needs, and dozens of computers for you to make sure you can complete your homework assignments.

Quality of Education: Our certificate and AA degree programs train you in the skills necessary to be competitive in today’s job market. Our transfer courses are recognized by all public and private universities.

Student Services: Our Admissions Office will help you resolve problems related to enrollment and our Financial Aid Office will help you with issues related to federal and state grants to finance your education. You may also use our Counseling services to explore your academic and career pathways. Additional support programs are available, including the Extended Opportunity Program & Services for first-generation college attendees with a low income, Disabled Student Services for individuals needing accommodations for disabilities, and MerrittWorks for CalWorks recipients. Many other programs are available as well to meet the needs of all students.


Costo: Al igual que todos los colegios comunitarios, Merritt le ofrece educacion universitaria por una fraccion del costo. El precio es de $46.00 por cada unidad. Un estudiante a tiempo completo toma 12 unidades por semestre por un total de $552.00 en costos de matricula. (Costo por libros y cuadernos no incluido).
Variedad de carreras: Merritt ofrece gran variedad de certificados, grados asociados (tecnicos) y cursos necesarios para transferirse. Hay muchas opciones de donde escoger para disenar su propia carrera. Algunos de los programas mas buscados son  enfermeria, radiologia, nutricion, microscopia, administracion of justicia, desarrollo infantil,  estudios paralegales, etc.
Flexibilidad de horarios: Los cursos se ofrecen en horarios matutinos y vespertinos que se acomodan a las necesidades de personas que trabajan. Tambien se ofrecen cursos en línea.
Acceso: Nuestro Learning Center le ofrece un ambiente sin ruidos para poder concentrarse en sus estudios. Alli también se ofrecen servicios de tutoria para ayudarle a contestar preguntas relacionadas con el material de sus clases. El Learning Center tiene docenas de computadoras para que pueda hacer sus tareas usando la internet.
Calidad de Entrenamiento: Nuestros certificados y grados asociados le proveen para ser competitivo en el mundo del trabajo. Nuestros cursos para transferirse son reconocidos y aceptados por todas las universidades publicas y privadas.
Servicios de Apoyo al Estudiante: Nuestra oficina de Admisiones le ayudara a resolver problemas relacionados con su solicitud de ingreso y registro en clases y nuestra oficina de ayuda financiera le ayudara con la solicitud de fondos federales y estatales para financiar su carrera. Tambien puede usar nuestra oficina de Consejeria y Orientacion para exploración de posibles carreras. Nuestro colegio tiene otros programas de apoyo como el EOPS para personas de bajos recursos que son primera generación en la universidad, servicios para estudiantes discapacitados y Merritt-Works para personas que reciben Cal-Works. Existen muchos otros programas de apoyo para estudiantes.

At Merritt College, we recognize that college is about more than just academics. The natural and psychosocial well-being of a student’s life is closely related to their academic success and completion. The college has made an intentional effort to address any symbolism of structural racism and ensure that all of their students have access to equitable opportunities, feel welcomed, included, and represented. Student Activities and the Associated Students of Merritt College (ASMC) work collectively to encourage and develop student leadership skills, increase student engagement, encourage student advocacy, and developing partnerships to assist with students facing food Insecurity, Housing Insecurity, and financial hardship.

These combined efforts allow students to network and expanding student engagement to allow students to grow inside and outside the classroom. Student Leadership skills are developed in conjunction with becoming elected members of the ASMC Council or Inter-Club Council (ICC) and participating in the college’s shared governance process.

Student engagement is encouraged to throw club membership. Currently enrolled student with a minimum 2.0 GPA, in good academic standing, and enrolled in a minimum of 5 units at Merritt College can charter a new club, re-establish a preexisting club of their own, or join a club.  Participating in activities can enhance students’ college experience by allowing them to explore new hobbies and interests while making lifelong friends!

Below are examples of clubs started by our ASMC’s Inter-Club Council (ICC) members:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Allied Health
  • Altazor Transfer Club
  • Black Student Union
  • First-Year Experience (FYE)
  • Horticulture
  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
  • Puente
  • United Health Alliance
  • And more….

Student Identification Cards

Each semester, the Student Activities Office issues student identification (ID) cards to students currently enrolled. Due to the pandemic, student identification cards and update semester stickers are available by appointment only. The cost of replacing ID cards is $5 (in cash).  To schedule an, appointment students are required to email  and dhankins@peralta.eduNew students and students who need to replace their ID cards must schedule an in-person appointment. Upon verification, returning students with a preexisting picture within the identification system can have their ID mailed to them.

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