The Face of Student Success

Samuel Merritt University


Samuel Merritt University (SMU) was ranked No. 1 in California for “salary after attending” in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2017 College Scorecard. However, it is typically reputation—not career earnings—that attracts prospective students to this health sciences university. Nursing student Darnisha Turner, for example, chose SMU because its “graduates are well-prepared, encouraging, and supportive . . . I wanted to affiliate myself with the positive impression SMU makes in our communities.” With an institution-wide commitment to advance health equity, it is the reflection and action of community members like Darnisha that define and drive student success at SMU.

Samuel Merritt University

3100 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-879-9200,

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