Steps to Enroll for New Students

If you would like to come to DVC as an F-1 international student, visit our steps to enroll for international students. If you are already a DVC student, you can go directly to InSite to register.

Before you start the CCC Apply application, decide which option below sounds most like you right now. This will help you choose your major. It's okay if you don't know and you can always change your mind later.

I know exactly what I want to study or the career I want to pursue.

Have a specific program of study in mind. Have a target transfer institution.

    • On the application select the Major Category you want:
      • Arts, Communication and Language
      • Information Technology, Business and Economics
      • Mathematics, Architecture, Construction and Engineering
      • Science and Health
      • Social Sciences
    • Then select your specific major.
    • The program codes are the specific subject area followed by the type of Degree or Certificate.   For example, DVC Biology for Transfer (AST) is an Associate of Science degree for Transfer.

      Here is each type of Degree or Certificate that DVC offers:
      • AST = Associate of Science degree for Transfer
      • AS = Associate of Science degree
      • AAT = Associate of Art degree for Transfer
      • AA = Associate of Art degree
      • CC = Certificate of Completion
      • CA = Certificate of Achievement
I have a specific career area identified.

Learning how specific programs of study relate to career goals

    • On the application select the Major Category you want:
      • Arts, Communication and Language
      • Information Technology, Business and Economics
      • Mathematics, Architecture, Construction and Engineering
      • Science and Health
      • Social Sciences
    • Select the Major Category you want to focus on and then select “Undecided” within that Major Category
I have a general idea of the major or career I want and I’m still exploring.

Curious about a Major Category, but not ready to pick a program or don’t see exactly what you are looking for?

    • On the application select the Major Category you want:
      • Arts, Communication and Language
      • Information Technology, Business and Economics
      • Mathematics, Architecture, Construction and Engineering
      • Science and Health
      • Social Sciences
    • Select the Major Category you want to focus on and then select “Undecided” within that Major Category

I'm learning about my skills and interests as well as the many major and career options available to me.

Select the Major Category of Undecided and then select either the CSU General Education Breadth, or the Intersegmental General Ed Transfer Curriculum option.


If you have never taken a college class before and you are not currently in high school, click on these steps below:

Step one: apply

Complete an online application at CCCApply.

After submitting your application via CCCApply, a verification email will be sent to the email account you enter on your application.  Follow the instructions in that email so that your application can be processed. If you do not receive the verification email, check your spam/junk folder.

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

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.

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

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 and math placements. If you are a graduating high school senior, or you graduated from a regionally accredited high school in the United States within the past ten years, you can use our Multiple Measures online tool for placement. If not, you can schedule an appointment online at our Assessment Center. Please note that some students may not be required to assess/place, please review do I need to take an assessment for more information.

Step four: academic advising
Please contact the Counseling Department at www.dvc.edu/counseling or (925) 969-2140.
Step five: register for classes
  • Within 24 business hours of completing the application, you will receive a registration date in your InSite email. If you complete the requirements for priority registration, you will receive an improved registration date in your InSite portal.
  • 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.

Please note that some classes require a prerequisite. These can be found in the class schedule.