Graduating High School Senior

Please note, effective May 18, Steps 1 and 4 have been updated because DVC’s spring term is now over. If you have not completed these steps already, please see the updated information below.

We are now offering Enrollment Presentations via Zoom. Sign-up for an Enrollment Presentation.

Check out our How To’s – including How To access your student e-mail!

Please follow the directions below and contact welcome@dvc.edu, if needed.

Students with a disability

In addition to following these steps you will also need to contact Disability Support Services (DSS):

Informational Workshops

Learn about important programs and services designed to help you be a well-informed, fully supported and successful student at Diablo Valley College.

Step one: apply

Complete an application at CCCApply.

Apply to DVC for the Summer term (this will set you up for fall, and you are not required to take additional summer classes, unless you choose to do so).

You will register for a counseling class called COUNS-095 (or COUNS-096 for athletes). In this class you will meet with a counselor online and develop an education plan. More about this class in step four.

On the application you will state that you are a first time college student and a recent high school graduate. Please see the Enrollment Guide and/or the video for details.

Within 24 business hours, you will be emailed your new DVC student ID number, registration date, important student account information. This information will be sent to the email address you provided on your application.

Learn about getting free tuition for your first year as a new college student.

Apply for financial aid

Students should also begin the financial aid process along with their DVC application, since this process can take some time to complete.

If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for aid such as grants, work-study, or loans.

If you are an undocumented student, who qualifies for AB-540 status, you should complete the California Dream Act Application to see if you are eligible for grants.

For more information about the financial aid process, tune into Financial Aid TV.

Step two: online orientation

After you receive your student ID number, you should complete the online orientation (también está disponible en español.) The orientation will provide you with important information about student services, the online student portal, programs, procedures and policies.

Check out our How-To video for information about the Online Orientation:

Step three: assessment/placement process

Once you have completed the online orientation, it is time to get your English or English as a Second Language (ESL), and math placements. Use our online placement process to determine the correct courses for you. Visit www.dvc.edu/assessment and select the appropriate tab depending on when and where you graduated from high school.

Step four: complete COUNS-095

Register for and complete our Counseling class – COUNS-095 - Education Planning (or COUNS-096 for student athletes) during the summer session. In this class you will meet with a counselor online and develop an education plan.

To choose a section go to Search Schedule, select the term 2020SU(mmer) and select the appropriate Course from the drop down (COUNS-095, or if you are a student athlete COUNS-096). You can see how many seats are left in the section on the far right by checking the Seats Available column. Please see step five for step-by-step information on how to register for classes.

You will need Internet access for this class, and it will take place online via Canvas (our Learning Management System). You will access Canvas via our InSite portal by selecting the Canvas tile. The counselor will communicate with you via your InSite e-mail account. Please make sure to check it daily. (Please note that COUNS-096 – for athletes is taught via Zoom.)

For more information on the class please visit our Counseling 095 page.

Step five: register for classes

Please see our How To library, which includes directions on registration. Check out the How to Search, Plan, and Register for Classes video for step-by-step directions. This will show you the steps to select your classes and be set up and ready for your assigned registration date. You can view your registration dates on InSite. Look for the Registration Dates tile.

Many classes fill up quickly so register on your registration date!


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