Diablo Valley College (DVC) is part of the community colleges of Contra Costa, located near San Francisco, California. One of DVC’s missions is to provide students with access to higher education and an affordable pathway to a university degree. 

After 2 years at DVC, students can transfer into the third year of four-year universities. International students completing certificates or associate degrees at DVC are eligible for Optional Practical Training, which allows students the opportunity to work paid for up to one year in the US. DVC students have transfer guarantees to 7 of the Universities of California, including UC Davis, Irvine, and Santa Barbara and every year 100’s of international students transfer to UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego. 

Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: Pleasant Hill, California
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Public; Community College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 99%
  • Average ACT Range: Not required
  • Average SAT Range: Not required
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? No
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; Anthropology; Agriculture; Architecture; Art History; Arts; Astronomy; Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Business; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Creative Writing; Criminal Justice; Dance; Design; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Geography; Geology; History; Humanities; Information Sciences/Systems; International Relations; Journalism; Languages; Liberal Arts; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Music; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology
  • Full list of majors available: http://dvc.edu/programs


  • International students are eligible for: N/A
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $22,395


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: N/A
  • Varsity sports: None offered

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