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. Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner graduate Aarentino Smith chose SMU because of its “emphasis on serving diverse populations while providing much-needed community health care services.” With an institutional commitment to advance health equity, it is the reflection and action of community members like Aarentino that define and drive student success at SMU.

Samuel Merritt University

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

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