All About DVC

About DVC

About DVC

Diablo Valley College is one of three publicly supported two-year community colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. The larger of DVC’s two campuses is located off Interstate 680 in Pleasant Hill, and the newer San Ramon Campus serves the south county in Dougherty Valley. Between its two campuses, DVC serves more than 22,000 students each semester with a wide variety of program options.

Degree and transfer programs
more than 40 A.A. and A.S. degrees in addition to articulation agreements with University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems, and transfer credit to four year colleges.

Career/technical education
more than 40 certificates of accomplishment, and a wide selection of certificates of achievement.

Day, evening, and summer classes
Classes are taught in the day and evening in full-term and short-term formats. A selection of day and evening classes are also taught during the summer. See the schedule of classes for more information.

Online and hybrid courses
Online courses are taught almost exclusively through the internet requiring students to attend very few face-to-face meetings. Hybrid classes use a combination of class meetings and online instruction.

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.

For over 60 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 over 22,000 students of all ages and a host of programs, you'll find a dynamic educational environment and a lively atmosphere at DVC. Our Pleasant Hill campus is located off of Interstate 680, and the campus is situated on one hundred acres of gently rolling hills in view of Mt. Diablo, a northern California landmark. The San Ramon Valley Center in Dougherty Valley opened its doors to students in November of 2006. The name San Ramon Campus was adopted in 2011.

Both of our handsomely landscaped locations are a short distance from San Francisco, creating the ideal settings for the premier transfer institution in California. 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.



Diablo Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (contact information below), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.



DVC relies on participatory governance as a mechanism to ensure that the college stays focused on its mission as well as its strategic directive. Learn about our committees, classified and academic senates, college planning and more.


College Administration

Learn about and contact DVC administrators.


Campus Locations and directions 

Get directions, commuting information, parking information and more for the Pleasant Hill and San Ramon campuses.


Our Mission, Strategic Directive, and Goals

Diablo Valley College faculty, staff, managers and students have worked together to develop a mission statement, a strategic directive and goals to guide the college in its efforts to better serve students.


Safety on Campus

The Contra Costa Community College District Police Departmentis the primary law enforcement agency for DVC in Pleasant Hill and San Ramon.  The department also provides educational information regarding safety and emergency preparedness to college personnel.


Sustainability on Campus

Find out what DVC is doing to help the environment.


About our Faculty

DVC's faculty is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of its community, in accordance with the purposes and regulations that appear in the Education Code of California.


Wifi on Campus

Wifi is available in most campus buildings and in most common outdoor spaces. All you need is your student ID and password to connect.


Consumer Information