University description (as per official university website)
Diablo Valley College is one of three publicly supported two-year community colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. The main campus is located off Interstate 680 in Pleasant Hill, California and twenty miles east of UC Berkeley. A new San Ramon Valley Campus in Dougherty Valley opened its doors to students in November of 2006. DVC also has a center in downtown Walnut Creek.
DVC serves more than 22,000 students of all ages with these program options:
* Associate in Arts Degree
* Associate in Science Degree
* Transfer credit to four year colleges
* Articulation agreements with University of California and California State University Systems
* Vocational training
* Certificates of Achievement
* Lifelong personal improvement opportunities
The college officially began in 1949, in some of the most unlikely sites: high schools, banks, churches, even an old army camp. Called East Contra Costa Junior College, we moved to our present site in 1952, in ten steel buildings acquired from the government for $45 each. The cornerstone for the first permanent building was laid in 1953, and the name Diablo Valley College was adopted in 1958.
We've come a long way since those humble beginnings. Over one and a half million students have enrolled here since 1949! As we salute our heritage, we look forward to serving one of Northern California's most dynamic, education-minded areas for another 50 years.
History and facts: For over 50 years, Diablo Valley College has provided quality education to the community it serves. A million students later, enrolling at DVC is one of the best ways you can ensure acceptance at a four-year college. DVC is not only recognized as one of California's best community colleges, but it also leads the state in transfer to four-year institutions.
Research figures recently released by UCLA's Center for the Study of Community Colleges show that DVC's transfer rate to four-year universities is 67 percent higher than the national average. Another report, released by the California Post-secondary Educational Commission, shows that DVC ranked number one in transfers in the state, ahead of all other California community colleges.
A brief history of our land shows us that this was originally home to the Costanoan Indians. In 1844, the Mexican government granted the land to William Welch, and it became part of his huge Rancho Las Juntas, which included northwestern Walnut Creek, all of Pleasant Hill, and the northeastern half of Martinez. After World War II the land was subdivided into housing tracts, and on October 5, 1950, the College Board of Trustees purchased the DVC site for $172,500. Construction began in September, 1951.
With 20,000 students of all ages and a host of programs, you'll find a dynamic educational environment and a lively atmosphere at DVC. Located off of Interstate 680 in Pleasant Hill, the campus is situated on one hundred acres of gently rolling hills in view of Mt. Diablo, a northern California landmark. Our handsomely landscaped main campus is just a short distance from San Francisco, making it an ideal setting for the premier transfer institution in California. We also offer classes at eight satellite facilities and centers in Central Contra Costa County including Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Concord, Martinez, and Danville. We are the college of choice for many students from the private and public high schools in the nearby Martinez, Mt. Diablo, San Ramon, and Acalanes School Districts.
* More than 2600 courses are offered. We train more people than any educational institution in Contra Costa County -- offering more than 57 occupational specialties.
* The DVC faculty is composed of 300 full-time and 370 part-time instructors. Most hold advanced degrees. They bring academic and technical expertise to the classroom to an unusually high degree for lower division instruction.
* At 54%, students at the freshman level represent the largest single component of the student body.
* Part-time students account for about two-thirds of the enrollment, but the number of full-time students is increasing.
* Women make up 54% of the student population.
* The largest group on campus is 20-24 years. It's followed closely by the 30-49 year age group.
* The number of students attending for successive terms increases steadily.
Financial aid is money for college. It is provided by the United States taxpayers to ensure that everyone who wants a college education has the financial ability to pay for their college expenses.
Financial aid is also a partnership between you - the student - and the college that provides money to help pay college costs. If you receive financial aid, it is expected that you will enroll in courses needed to complete your chosen program, work hard at learning, and move responsibly toward successful completion of your educational goal.
We strive to assist you in a professional and timely manner. If at any time you do not feel that your needs are being met, please do not hesitate to contact me.
- Brenda Jerez, Director, Diablo Valley College Financial Aid