Purpose of Orientation
The best way to succeed in your course work at Diablo Valley College is to be informed about how the college operates and to have a strong foundation of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Orientation is designed to provide you with a wealth of information on Diablo Valley College policies, procedures, programs, and support services that will acclimate you to Diablo Valley College. Research has shown that students who participate in orientation before their first semester of college do far better than those who do not. Students who participate in the orientation process at DVC are more successful in achieving their educational objectives, and have a smoother transition into being a college student.
Note: You must complete the online orientation in one sitting, you cannot save and come back at a later time.
Diablo Valley College (DVC) is one of three publicly supported two-year community colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. DVC has two campus locations, Pleasant Hill which serves the central county and the San Ramon Campus which 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. Students who are enrolled at DVC may also take courses at Los Medanos and Contra Costa College.
Degree and transfer programs - DVC offers more than 40 Associate 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 - DVC offers 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 class listing for more information. www.dvc.edu/schedule.
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 to find out more about online classes please visit www.dvc.edu/online.
A look at some of our offerings
The Puente program is a one-year pre-transfer program open to all students who meet the eligibility criteria. The content of the course focuses on Mexican American/Latino authors and issues.
- Umoja Program
The Umoja (oo-MO-jah) Program provides opportunities for students to learn college success strategies and prepare for graduation and transfer. This exciting and innovative program focuses on the African American experience.
Club LIfe and Student Govenment
DVC has a roughly 50 clubs that are student initiated and run comprised from a variety of topics that span from cultural to major related groups. They give students the opportunity to develop valuable leadership and interpersonal skills.
- The Associated Students of Diablo Valley College (ASDVC) is the student government at DVC The ASDVC is responsible for advocating for and representing students' perspectives on College and District committees, councils and task forces.
- Viking Athletics boasts 17 NCAA sanctioned men's and womens' sports and also has a men's club Lacrosse team!
- Study Abroad
- This program is offered by the Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC). Each semester, often including the summer term, DVC sends students to study abroad in a variety of countries including Italy, France, England, China, and Cuba!
And much more...