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Diablo Valley College (DVC)

321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA

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Diablo Valley College (DVC) is a two-year college in the Contra Costa Community College District. It is located on a 100-acre campus in view of Mt. Diablo, and just 20 miles from the University of Berkeley, California. Many students at DVC aim to transfer to UC Berkeley and other four-year institutions to complete their bachelor's degrees. DVC has an excellent transfer rate, and transfer agreements with the UC California and California State College systems.

DVC offers associate's degrees and vocational and professional training that leads to certificates of achievement and accomplishment. DVC offers academic study programs in 57 occupational specialties. Lifelong learning opportunities are also available without a degree or certificate, and many courses are available online through "DVC Online."

History

Established in 1949 as East Contra Costa Junior College, it originally operated out of rooms in local high schools, banks and churches. It got its own campus site in 1952, and the name was changed to Diablo Valley College in 1958.

Academics

The academic calendar for Diablo Valley College offers fall, spring and summer terms, with shorter sessions available at other times throughout the year.

Colleges and Schools

Academic units at DVC are organized into academic divisions. The nine academic divisions at Diablo Valley College are:

  • Applied and Fine Arts
  • Biological and Health Sciences
  • Business Education
  • Counseling/Library
  • English
  • Math and Computer Science
  • Physical Education, Athletics and Dance
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • At San Ramon campus, the divisions are:
  • Applied Arts & Social Science
  • Language Arts
  • Math & Science
  • Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Student Life

For students at Diablo Valley College who are seeking involvement beyond the classroom, there are a wide variety of student clubs and organizations available on campus. The focus of the 50-plus student organizations on campus ranges from academic to athletic, social, political, cultural, religious, artistic and special interest. Students who wish to start their own student club or organization may do so through the Associated Students of Diablo Valley College (ASDVC).

Art galleries featuring student art, musical, theatre and dance performances are also available. The student newspaper offers information about campus activities and offers more opportunities for student involvement.

Other student resources available through DVC include student health services, a student life office, student union, leadership, support resources, and a calendar of events, among others.

Traditions

DVC has a relatively new fight song called "Go Green," which is quickly becoming a new student tradition. The traditional school colors are green and white, with gold as an accent color. The school mascot is a Viking, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Diablo Valley "Vikings."

Athletics

The Diablo Valley College "Vikings" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its primary Pleasant Hill Campus in Pleasant Hill, California, Diablo Valley College also has the San Ramon Valley Center in the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon, California. Classes are also taught at various locations throughout the community.

Community Life

Community resources for Diablo Valley College include an observatory that features a planetarium, and community access to theatre, dance and musical performances on campus.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $9,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $1,300-$1,500
    • Out-of-State: $6,700-$8,098
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $240-$290 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid26%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships26%$3,585
Receiving Student Loans1%$3,097

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 4%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Diablo Valley College may provide services to students including:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how DVC compares against other community colleges in Contra Costa County and community colleges in California as a whole.

 DVCContra Costa CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate34.9%25.7%22.8%
Transfer-out Rate16.8%13.8%14.2%

Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities

The following 4-year colleges and universities are popular choices for many students of Diablo Valley College to transfer out to. You can click on the school profiles below to get additional admissions information:

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1961)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1964)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

Architecture

  • Architectural Technology (A, C)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

  • Home Construction and Inspection (A, C)

Education

Engineering Technology

  • Energy Management and Systems Technology (A, C)
  • Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering cad (C)

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Child Care Provider (A, C)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Japanese Language and Literature (C)
  • Spanish Language and Literature (C)
  • Chinese Language and Literature (C)
  • French Language and Literature (C)
  • Italian Language and Literature (C)
  • German Language and Literature (C)
  • Russian Language and Literature (C)

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

  • Library Assistant (A, C)

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

  • Electrical Equipment Installation and Repair (A, C)

Personal and Culinary Services

  • Cooking and Related Culinary Arts (C)
  • Restaurant, Culinary and Catering Management (C)

Psychology

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (A)
  • Technical Theatre, Design and Technology (A)

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