A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Merritt College are predominantly Black with a sizeable Hispanic population. The school has very high racial diversity. 82% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.
Merritt College has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is eligible for federal grants supporting the school's efforts to serve Hispanic Americans.
The college is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and is recognized for serving Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders.
|Race||Percent of Students|
|American Indian / Alaskan||
|Hawaiian / Pacific Islander||
|Two or more races||
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There are 86% more female students than male students enrolled at Merritt College with a gender ratio of 65% women to 35% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Merritt College has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.
|Gender||Percent of Students|
|Gender||Number of Students|
Merritt College serves a very low number of students outside of California, with 85 percent of the student body residing in-state.
|Origin||Percent of Students|
|Out of State||
41% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.
|Segment||Percent of Students|
|Students Over 25 Years Old||53.8%|
|Part time Undergrads||82.5%|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=118772 IPEDS survey data for Merritt College.