Merritt College President Welcomes All Students to Fall Semester 2015

Merritt College President Welcomes All Students to Fall Semester 2015

president_norma_200x133Welcome to the Fall 2015 semester at Merritt College! Whether you are just starting out or continuing on, we are excited you are here to begin a new year with us. If you have not yet registered, there is  still time and space – please join us! Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping you reach your educational goals at Merritt College.

We are proud of our newest addition to the campus: The beautiful Barbara Lee Center for Science and Allied Health! No matter what your major is, we encourage you to come by and visit. There are comfortable study areas called “learning neighborhoods,” outdoor patios with beautiful views, and a spiral staircase marking the building’s center with pathways leading in all directions.

This architecturally stunning, state-of-the-art building is just an example of the excellence you will find on campus. We have nearly 100 programs of study which lead to transfer to your desired university or workforce training career. Our dedicated faculty and staff are truly committed to having you fulfill your academic and professional achievements. Merritt’s Student Service programs are especially designed to guide and support you with answers to questions and to direct you to resources needed. We have a newly renovated tutoring center and library, programs geared toward positive experiences for both Latino students (PUENTE) and African-American students (SANKOFA), and a First-Year Experience Program created to ease into college life in a supportive environment.

Our counseling, veterans, financial aid, assessment, and admissions and records offices provide exceptional service, and students are always their number one priority. The wide diversity at Merritt is marked each year by numerous events open to the entire campus community – from Women’s and Black History Months to Hispanic and Native American celebrations. The events are filled with rich culture, lively entertainment, and always delicious food to share. Merritt also has more than 20 active student clubs on campus in a multitude of interests – and the chance to start your own club!

But the end of each year is always my favorite, when faculty, staff, friends and family come together to celebrate the success of our students. There are award luncheons, scholarship dinners, and, of course, the culmination of it all – graduation! Watching the students shine as they walk across the stage to get their diploma or certificate makes us all proud to be a part of Merritt College.

There’s a reason why our slogan is “We Change Lives,” and we strive to prove it true with every student who comes to Merritt and walks out into the world a different person.

Hope to see you on campus this Fall!
Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz
Merritt College