I'm currently half way through the ABSN program at the San Francisco campus. I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments regarding this school!
I have had experience with quite a few other academic institutions over the past 5 years (I have an undergrad degree plus a masters degree). I've never experienced anything quite like what I've gone through at SMU. There are certainly a few good members of the faculty and staff that seem to care about your education but in general there is an attitude from the administration that "this is the way things have always been done and we refuse to change anything about this school to make it a more positive learning experience."
The most blatant example of their total lack of respect for their own students occurred when they announced to us during the first week of the program that we would be moving from the San Francisco campus to the San Mateo campus in four months. Although they had known about this move for months before we started the program, they waited until after we had paid our tuition and started the program to make this announcement. Furthermore, they completely ignored the fact that everyone had purposefully applied to the SF program because they wanted to be in that SPECIFIC location (based on their commute, childcare, etc, etc.). If we had wanted to be in San Mateo, we would have applied to the San Mateo campus. We ended up working with a lawyer to help us draft a letter and they decided to let our cohort stay in SF for the remainder of the program.
Please believe me when I say that I'm not just that one disgruntled student that always has a problem with everything about my school. There are 48 of us in my class and I would say that many of us have reached their limit with Samuel Merritt. I had such high hopes for SMU but I feel completely let down and disappointed.
I'm hoping that at least some of the issues we have faced in my cohort are solved for future cohorts as there will no longer be a campus at the San Francisco Learning Center. Perhaps many of things we have dealt with have been solely a problem in SF? If anyone from other cohorts at different campuses have had a better or different experience I would love to hear from them!
Last edit by trexc42 on May 15, '12