Summer Institute 2017

Prepare for your future today!

June 19 - July 27, 2016, 9:15 a.m. - 2:35 p.m. (classes meet Monday-Thursday only)

Deadline to submit the Summer Institute packet: Friday, May 26, 2017, 1 p.m.

Summer Institute 2011 at UC Berkeley

What is the Summer Institute?

The Summer Institute is a six-week college readiness program designed to better prepare recent high school graduates and students entering their senior year for the transition from high school to college. Courses strengthening basic college English and math skills are offered in a fun and supportive learning environment. An Orientation to College course is also offered to help students create a concrete plan for reaching their educational goals in college and give them the tools and information to succeed as college students. The program is taught as a Learning Community, which means that a group of students enrolls in all three courses together making it easier to develop a sense of community and connection to the college.

We are extremely proud to report an article about the Summer Institute art-English project was published in Affinity Online, the magazine for California Community Colleges. Selected out of hundreds of potential stories throughout the state, we applaud the outstanding and innovative work of our students, staff, and instructors. 

Contact us for more information! 

We look forward to seeing you at DVC this summer! 

What recent Summer Institute graduates are saying about the program:

What did you like about the Summer Institute program?

"I loved the Summer Institute. I think it's one of the greatest ideas ever. It's a bit like sticking your feet in the water before you jump in. It's nice to see what you're up against." - Stephanie, SI '09

"I liked how our communities worked with one another and all the help and dedication from the people in charge. I would recommend this program to anyone who needs help in school." - Vanessa, SI '08

"I am proud to have made it this far, and to have gotten the experience to in a sense grow in knowledge and in life skills. I feel confident in my work ethic and the way I can motivate myself. I'm happy that I have had the chance to meet the staff and learn the layout of the school along with meeting my fellow students." - Karl, SI '11

Do you feel you benefited from attending the Summer Institute?

"I feel more self aware of what I will need to do in college as well as what I can do. I am more aware of what resources are available and what my game plan for college is." - Tyler, SI '08

"I have learned how to find the help when I need it, what are the classes I need to do to get in another college, and where I need to go if I need some quiet time for reading, and preparing for a test."
-  Anthony, SI '10

Benefits for participants

  • bridging of the gap between high school and college
  • introduction to the college environment
  • academic and career counseling
  • development of an educational plan for completing studies at DVC or for transfer to four-year colleges or universities
  • special events and field trips (see activities below)
  • opportunity to meet new friends
  • important connections with DVC staff, instructors, and other campus resources
  • no textbook costs - EOPS covers all textbook and material costs for the summer! 

Low-income and educationally disadvantaged students are encouraged to enroll. We welcome all interested students including those who have earned a General Education Diploma (GED) or have not graduated from high school.

Special activities for Summer Institute participants

  • Summer Institute Orientation
  • field trip(s) to 4-year college or university (past trips have included UC Berkeley and SF State)
  • recognition ceremony
  • community pizza lunches
  • hands-on art workshops
  • community building
  • DVC resource assistance 

Summer Institute courses of study

Summer Institute 2017 students will attend the following classes Monday-Thursday, 9:15 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.:

CAREER 130 - Career and Major Exploration (CSU transferable unit)
1.0 college unit

MATH-077 - Summer Bridge to College Math
1.0 college unit

ENGL-116 College Reading Development (3.0 college unit) or ENGL-90 Intro to College Writing (2.5 College Unit)

Total Units = 5.0 or 4.5 

A complete listing of 2017 Summer Institute courses will be available online shortly in the 2017 DVC Summer Course Schedule.

The Summer Institute requires a "petition to add" in order to enroll. The Summer Institute coordinator will assist you with your registration process once you have completed a Summer Institute orientation. 

Who can participate:

Summer Institute participants must meet the following criteria:

  • be a high school graduate or a rising 12th grader interested in college studies or 18 years of age or older and no longer in high school. Priority will be given to high school graduates.
  • have been a California resident for one year prior to attending DVC. Students who do not meet the residency requirements are eligible for the program at a higher cost.

Steps to enroll for high school seniors (graduating by June 2017):

  • Complete the DVC admissions application online for the Spring 2017 semester as a high school student
  • Complete the DVC admissions application online for the Summer 2017 semester as a first-time college student
  • Complete the Online Orientation. Must be completed before taking the assessments, please bring the printed certificate available after completion of orientation to your assessment appointment.
  • Complete the English and math assessments in the Assessment Center by appointment basis (or take the math assessment online).
  • Attend and complete COUNS-095 during the spring 2017 (April-May) to receive an educational plan. This class will be focused on receiving academic advising and educational planning. Completion of COUNS-095 will result in an earlier registration date.
  • Must complete the Special Admission Recommendation form with the COUNS-095 course for spring 2017 and submit to the Admissions and Records Office
  • high school graduates or non-high school graduates 18 years or older are recommended to complete the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW). If qualified, your course fees will be waived.

Steps to enroll for rising seniors (graduating between July 2017 - June 2018):

The Summer Institute coordinator can assist you with any step and answer any questions you have about the application process. To ensure adequate time for processing and registration, all Summer Institute related materials must be postmarked or delivered to the EOPS office by the posted deadline (Friday, May 26, 1 p.m.). Forms received later than the deadline will only be considered on a space available basis. Click on the following links for a checklist of steps to enroll in the Summer Institute for High School Graduates (graduating by June 2017) or Continuing High School Students (graduating after June 2017).

Please send all completed materials to the EOPS/CARE Office address below care of the Summer Institute coordinator. The coordinator will ensure your forms are processed in a timely fashion.


  • enrollment fee - $46 per unit of credit*. Please see note below for how you may have these fees waived.
  • student union fee - $1 per unit
  • books will be loaned to students by the EOPS Program
  • student activity fee (refundable within first 14 days of instruction with submission of valid form) - $5
  • parking fee - Students who drive and park on campus may pay $20** for a summer parking permit or a $3/day parking fee

*subject to change per state legislation
**subject to increase by the college

Use the following link for a detailed breakdown of the 2015 Summer Institute cost of attendance: SI 2017 Breakdown of Costs.

Note: Summer Institute participants who are high school graduates may have their fees waived if they are eligible for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW). Summer Institute 2017 participants should apply for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver. Additionally, high school students who are concurrently enrolled will have their unit fees waived with the completion of a Special Admissions Recommendation Form.

For more information:

Please call 925-969-2129 or 925-969-2117 for more information.

Send completed forms to the following address:

c/o Summer Institute Coordinator
Student Services Center, Room 127
321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523