Diablo Valley Community College


About Diablo Valley College

Diablo Valley College is a two-year community college located in Pleasant Hill, California within the San Francisco Bay Area. As the number one transfer college to University of California, Berkeley, Diablo Valley College leads the state in university transfers to America’s most prestigious public four-year university.

  1. Founded: 1949
  2. Number of Students: 22,000
  3. Min SLEP/TOEFL: None
  4. ESL: Yes
45 minutes from San Francisco
Nearest Airport: Oakland International Airport

University Transfer 2+2 Agreements

Graduates from Northwest College have been accepted to University of Minnesota, Arizona State University, State University of New York, UCLA, University of Wyoming, University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Embry-Riddle University, and more.


Popular Academic Majors

  • Accounting
  • Aeronautics
  • Agriculture
  • Agroecology
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Design Drafting Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Equine Studies
  • Film Production
  • General or Liberal Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Natural Resource Biology
  • Nursing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Radio Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Television Production
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Welding


Campus and Student Life

Northwest College features 58 buildings which include five residence halls and 80 apartments, the Equine Center, Stock Agricultural Pavilion, rodeo arena, an observatory, and West Campus, where the Center for Training and Development and Adult Education programs reside. Fifty miles to the west is the college’s 36-acre mountain field station, surrounded by a national forest adjacent to spectacular Sunlight Basin.

Northwest College students also participate in clubs, for example multicultural club, rodeo, ski, and rugby. The Friendship Family Program is another excellent opportunity which pairs new international students with adult members of the town community for cross-cultural exchange and events throughout the year.



Athletics for Men: Basketball, rodeo, soccer, wrestling

Athletics for Women: Basketball, soccer, volleyball



Students at Northwest College live in one of five traditional residence halls on campus. Each dormitory offers unique features, for example ceramics studios, fireplace, and make-up room in Women’s Wing.

How To Apply

Deadlines: Rolling

  • Application + Application Fee
  • High School  Diploma
  • Copy of Passport
  • Bank Statement with Min. $15,900
  • Statement of Purpose

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