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Merritt College Demographics & Diversity

Oakland, California

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

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.

Racial demographics of Merritt College students
Race Percent of Students
White 18%
Black 28%
Hispanic 25%
Asian 15%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 5%
International 1%
Race Unknown 6%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

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.

Male to female gender ratio for Merritt College students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 35%
Women 65%
Enrollment by gender for Merritt College students
Gender Number of Students
Men 2,608
Women 4,845

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

Merritt College serves a very low number of students outside of California, with 85 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Merritt College students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 85%
Out of State 0%
Foreign 11%
Unknown Location 4%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$61,361 per year

41% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
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.