Diablo Valley College

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School Overview

Diablo Valley College is a community college located in Pleasant Hill, California, a suburb of the San Francisco Bay Area. Also known as DVC, it is a two-year school that is popular with students transferring to a four-year university.

DVC was founded in 1949 and is currently part of the Contra Costa Community College District. It is one of the top five transfer schools in the state, feeding institutions such as San Francisco State University, the University of California Berkeley, the University of California Davis and California State University East Bay.

DVC enrolls more than 22,000 students and operates satellite campuses in Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Danville, Concord and Martinez. The college employs about 300 full-time faculty and nearly 400 part-time instructors. The school is a popular destination for international students from Asia wishing to begin their undergraduate college coursework.

Many students attend DVC for occupational and technical training in fields such as culinary crafts, hotel and restaurant management, real estate and dental technology.

General Information

Admission Office

321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-1529
(925) 685-1310
Fax: (925) 609-8085

Contact: Ileana Dorn
Director of Admissions and Records
Main Address

321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-1529
(925) 685-1230



Total undergrads: 22,111
Degree-seeking undergrads: 9,228


Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No
Admissions Policies/Requirements

Not reported

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $570 $570 $738 $738 0.00%
Books and Supplies $1,422 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $1,992 $2,136 $2,376 $2,358 -0.76%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 298 27%
Grant or scholarship aid 298 27% $862,891 $2,896
• Federal grants 170 15% $636,386 $3,743
• Pell grants 170 15% $621,086 $3,653
• Other federal grants 27 2% $15,300 $567
Local and state government scholarships or grants 285 26% $223,705 $785
Institutional scholarships or grants 3 0% $2,800 $933
Student loan financial aid 13 1% $45,450 $3,496
• Federal student loans 13 1% $45,450 $3,496
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 451 692
Agriculture 9
Applied Horticulture/horticulture Operations 4
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 5
Architecture and Related Services 3 3
Architectural Technology/technician 3 3
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biology and Biological Sciences
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 36 89
Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping 1 54
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Studies 5
Business Administration and Management 33 16
Business/commerce 11
Hospitality Administration/management 2
Hotel/motel Administration/management
Operations Management
Real Estate 2
Small Business Administration/management 1
Communication and Journalism Studies 1
Radio and Television 1
Speech Communication
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 5 32
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 5 12
Recording Arts Technology/technician 20
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 14 20
Computer Programming/programmer 10 3
Computer Support Specialist 1 9
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 3 3
Data Entry/microcomputer Applications 5
Construction Trades 9
Building/construction Site Management/manager 5
Building/home/construction Inspection/inspector 4
Education 2
Special Education Teacher Education 2
Engineering Technology 3 13
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering Cad/cadd 3 5
Drafting and Design Technology/technician 4
Energy Management and Systems Technology/technician 4
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting Cad/cadd
English Language and Literature/letters 2
English Language and Literature 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 35
Chinese Language and Literature 6
French Language and Literature 2
German Language and Literature 2
Italian Language and Literature 4
Japanese Language and Literature 9
Spanish Language and Literature 12
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 17 63
Athletic Training/trainer 1
Dental Assisting/assistant 4 17
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 8 13
Dental Laboratory Technology/technician 1 20
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling 3 13
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 15 98
Corrections 18
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 15
Criminal Justice/police Science 15 62
Forensic Science and Technology 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 309 69
Humanities/humanistic Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 308 69
Library Science 4 23
Library and Archives Assisting 4 23
Mathematics and Statistics 4
Mathematics 4
Mechanics and Repairers 3
Electrical/electronics Equipment Installation and Repair 3
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 5 2
Health and Physical Education/fitness
Physical Fitness Technician 3 2
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 2
Personal and Culinary Services 57
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts 40
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/manager 17
Psychology 17
Psychology 17
Social Sciences 2 12
Geography, Other 1 12
Political Science and Government 1
Visual and Performing Arts 1 1
Art/art Studies
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology 1 1
Work and Family Studies 12 153
Child Care and Support Services Management 1
Child Care Provider/assistant 12 152
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences
Horticultural Services C
Landscaping C

Architecture & Related Programs
Architectural Technology A,C
Landscape Architecture C

Arts, Visual & Performing
Digital art A,C
Music Industry Studies – Recording Arts C
Music Management/Merchandising C
Theater Design/Stagecraft A,C

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting C
Administrative/Secretarial Services C
Business Administration/Management A,C
Construction Management C
Entrepreneurial Studies C
Hospitality Administration/Management C
Information Processing/Data Entry C
Real Estate C
Restaurant/Food Services Management C
Sales and Distribution C

Communications & Journalism
Digital Communications/Multimedia A,C
Journalism C

Communications Technologies
Communications Technologies – General A,C

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Networking/Telecommunications A,C
Computer Science A,C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,C

Construction Trades
Building/Property Maintenance C
Construction Site Management C
Construction Trades – General C

Early Childhood Education A,C
Physical Education A
Physical Education – Coaching A,C
Physical Education – Fitness Instruction/Personal Trainer A,C
Special Education A
Special Education Paraeducator/Instructional Assistant A,C

Engineering Technologies
Architectural Engineering Technology C
Drafting and Design Technology C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C
Mechanical Engineering Technology C
Surveying Technology C

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General C

Family & Consumer Sciences
Child Care Management C

Foreign Language & Literature
Chinese language and literature C
French language and literature C
German language and literature C
Italian language and literature C
Japanese language and literature C
Russian language and literature C
Spanish language and literature C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine A,C
Behavioral Health C
Dental Assistance C
Dental Hygiene C
Dental Laboratory Technology C
Substance Abuse Counseling C

Library Science
Library Technology A,C

Mathematics – General A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies
Computer Installation/Repair C

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Interdisciplinary studies A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences C
Health/Physical Fitness C

Personal & Culinary Services
Culinary Arts/Chef Training C
Culinary Arts/Related Services C
Food Prep/Professional Cooking C
Food Service C
Restaurant/Catering Management C

Physical Sciences
Energy Systems A,C
Photovoltaic Systems A,C

Psychology – General A

Security & Protective Services
Community Relations Specialist C
Correctional Facilities Administration C
Criminal Law C
Criminalistics/Criminal Science C
Juvenile Corrections C
Law Enforcement Administration C

Social Sciences
Geography A
Political Science/Government A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Diablo Valley College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (925) 685-1230
Website: https://www.dvc.edu
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online: https://www.dvc.edu/future/steps/index.html
Address: 321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 19,871
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 12,791 (64% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $1,312
Out-of-state Tuition: $8,564
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 45%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,351

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Diablo Valley College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Diablo Valley College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 4
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 84
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 33
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 42
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 75
Construction Trades 54
Education 11
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 45
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 32
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 75
Health Professions and Related Programs 57
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 41
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Library Science 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 24
Personal and Culinary Services 32
Philosophy and Religious Studies 11
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 26
Visual and Performing Arts 67
Grand total 7375

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Diablo Valley College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $1,312
Out-of-state $8,564
Books and supplies $1,972

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 619 45%
Grant or scholarship aid 608 44% $4,351
Student loan aid 10 1% $4,603

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,456 37% $2,887
Federal student loans 163 1% $5,409

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Diablo Valley College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Diablo Valley College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Diablo Valley College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 19,871
Undergraduate enrollment 19,871
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Diablo Valley College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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