Samuel Merritt University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.22 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 33 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 1,593 (556 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 24% part-time, 76% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $40,017
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2020

I currently attend Samuel Merritt University (SMU) at their Sacramento campus in their Entry Level Masters of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner program. I chose SMU because of their great reputation of providing their students with the tools and knowledge to successfully graduate, find a job and start their career. While attending SMU, Ive had the pleasure of working with some of the most caring and intelligent professors and clinical instructors who really make sure you understand the material, feel comfortable with your patients and want you to do well not only in the program but afterwards in your career. The Sacramento campus in particular is such a small and close knit community that it allows you to form lasting relationships with professors, staff and students. The program is fast paced, especially in the first 16 months during pre-licensure. I would recommend this program to anyone who is self motivated and ready to make the sacrifices needed to complete an accelerated program.
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2018

I would feel comfortable recommending my school to others. The PA program is extremely beneficial, as it will prepare me for working in the medical field. All of my professors where helpful, and took the time and effort to make sure we succeed. Only negative would be some of the schools resources, because I found them disorganized. For example, the financial aid office was not helpful, and I often felt confused when it came to school finances. Overall, the Physicians Assistant program at Samuel Merritt University is preparing me for my career, and successful in teaching me the skills to achieve my dreams!
4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016

This is an amazing school for PT, they have high expectations for their students and they make great PT by your 3rd year. The clinical hours is near double the expected norm and they have ton of connections with clinical sites that are amazing. I would recommend this school hands down for anyone interested in become a great PT.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2018

This program is flexible because it is all online. I recommend it to people working full time or have a family. It requires diligence to make sure you do all the homework and complete the clinical settings but the instructors are very flexible which makes it worthwhile.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019

I am enrolled in an accelerated RN to FNP nursing program, requiring nonstop motivation and enthusiasm! The professors are passionate about nursing and support students fully on their path. The spirit of nursing and helping people is at the heart of Samuel Merritt and what it offers. Also, the simulation labs are outstanding and provide a unique learning experience.
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020

Samuel Merritt is a private, not-for-profit university with high tuition costs, which deters many students from applying. Though I do wish costs were lower, I do not regret attending Samuel Merritt. The school's reputation (among the nursing community; I can't speak for other programs) is excellent and improves job opportunities. The faculty is extremely approachable and attentive to the students' needs. I created a personal bond with almost all of my professors because of the friendly, supportive atmosphere that is created by faculty. There are also great health, financial and career resources available on campus. Yes, the tuition is high but the quality of education can't be beat. I feel prepared to enter the field of nursing with confidence that I have received proper training from a highly acclaimed institution.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physician Assistant
Graduation Year: 2019

At Samuel Merritt University, a sense of community is formed among the students and faculty that I have yet to experience at any other institution. With a total student enrollment of approximately 1,500 students, 65% of which are pursuing a masters degree or higher, a conducive environment is formed where students from different backgrounds can live and learn from one another as they prepare to become future leading medical professionals. One of the founding principles of SMU is giving back to the medically underserved community. With this principle in mind, the University has a direct purpose and role in the community, in which it promotes health and happiness to those who are in most need. This mission is reflected in their students by instilling empathy and compassion towards their patients, regardless of their background. I can say without a doubt and with confidence, from these experiences, that Samuel Merritt University provides an environment that all aspiring healthcare professionals should strive to experience as they develop increased personal and professional growth to positively change the world.
2.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019

Samuel Merritt University is a prestigious school. Although the price you pay is high, you also get what you pay for. There is much support for students including, but not limited to: academic success, tutoring, mentoring and other quirks. The only downfall to being a student is the price and lack of scholarships or financial support.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018

I am currently in the second online Nurse Case Management masters cohort. I also received my BSN from SMU. The new online master's program is rigorous and convenient. A student support adviser will assist you throughout the program. SMU worked with me to set-up a convenient payment plan. Comfort with technology is essential for the online program. My classmates are from all over the U.S. and are fantastic. I am looking forward to my precept placement next year.
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2010

Good school education but most of it is self study
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