About Diablo Valley College

Founded in 1949, Diablo Valley College. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 19,419 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Diablo Valley College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 26:1. There are 260 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Diablo Valley College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate100%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
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Admissions at DVC are considered , with ,5% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


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Diablo Valley College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    28 Students rated on-campus housing 1.6 stars. 4 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    26 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    37 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    37 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    37 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    37 Students rated school activities 3.4 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    37 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    37 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Diablo Valley College?

32 Students rated Diablo Valley College

Jacqueline - 01/21/2022

DVC is a great community college for students looking to get their general education finished up and transfer. Classes aren't too big so you have more opportunities to talk to professors, and the campus is pretty and offers a good food selection in the cafeteria as well. The quality of education is very average, however, and many online teachers opt to not personally teach or create their own assignments but to have the entire class be structured around an online textbook with homework assignments and tests attached to the online textbook program. There are sports and music programs, but there is a limited amount of clubs and groups to join to meet people and have a more typical college experience. I would also say that it can be very difficult to speak to counselors, as their hours are highly limited and accommodating for community college students.

Robert - 10/16/2020

Diablo Valley college is honestly a great school, their financial aid is good enough that I have paid slightly more than 100 dollars for class tuition for my whole 3.5 years there. The teachers are most commonly good ones with the occasional bad seed. Coming from the mechanical engineering degree side of things, the technology that they have at DVC is fantastic. They have all the programs you could need, 3D printers, computers everywhere, and the capabilities to work hard and study hard with all the resources you could ask for. I am a first generation college student, so my knowledge of college has been very limited, and so counsellors and their transfer center have been a great help in teaching me what to do, and how to transfer out (which I am transferring to California State University Sacramento). The people at DVC are calm and collected, not too many like “snooty” or high-strung type characters too. There are a lot of international students at DVC however, they are usually the ones who are high strung if you find someone who is. The teachers are usually really good, I’ve found some really kind, hardworking and genuinely caring teachers who have gone the extra mile to make sure their students succeed. Though, just saying, there are a few teachers around the school to stay away from, but its easy to learn and all you need to do is your best, and this school will work out amazingly for anybody who goes here.

Millie - 05/17/2019

Diablo Valley College is a fantastic community college for those that want to transfer or get their associates. People are really there to learn and are intensely focused, but still inclusive and has a friendly and welcoming environment. The professors are great as well, not all of them have been perfect but most will always help out in any way they can.

jazmin - 02/21/2019

This is a great college to attend. There are a lot of resources. I would recommend seeing your counselor before and at the end of every semester; at least that’s what worked for me. I changed majors a few times however the counselors helped me adjust into a new major. Great experience.

Diablo Valley College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Diablo Valley College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Diablo Valley College is 100%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would strongly advice myself to be more confident and outgoing. I would tell myself to translate those two qualities in the form of community service, volunteer work and leadership roles which not only look good on the college applications but are just beneficial in general. I would tell myself to get in the habit of reading at least five books a month solely because one gets smarter after each page. I would try to convince my younger self by stating the I have not performed at my optimal level yet because of my inability to do lots of reading. If I plant this seed and establish a good habit during the high school years, it would have a lot of contribution to my successful future including my performance in college. I would also advice myself to get work experience early on, in the form of internships and even talking to people working in the field I am majoring in. With internships, I will get a good glimpse of the working environment and from the people in field I can be enriched with their useful infield experiences which would be beneficial to me when I start working.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    the only thing that could be worked on at my school is the classroom desks need serious updating.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Friendly enough; however, not usually ones to begin conversations.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The campus is so pretty. Every day, it seems as if the Sun's attendance is enough for people to smile. There are trees everywhere and so many places to sit and just admire it all. Diablo Valley seems to be in the middle of everything as well, in terms of location. There are many places to visit within walking distance, it comforts the student that has yet to obtain a car to drive.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had talked to a councelor before planning my future at this school. That way, I could go over the classes I would take to get my out of the community college as quick as possible. Also, I wish I had known about book rentals online. I did not find out about his until very recently. All I can think of now is how much money I could have saved on books.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    A big community of diverse students who wish to succeed !

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    There is no one that shouldn't attend this school. Any person that whats to attend this school should.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    If you want to go to college but you don't know what you want to major in, Diablo Valley College is perfect for you. The college has a wide range of departments everything from Alternative Energy to Hotel & Restaurant Management. If you struggled in subjects such as math or science at your previous school, Diablo Valley College has free tutors that can help you. From personal experience, I strongly recommend if you are intimidated by a University let Diablo Valley College help you develop the academic skills you will need to succeed at the University level.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school Diablo Valley College is best known for success. DVC ranks among the top 5 transfer colleges in California. Knowing this information allows me to feel i can really do this. I can do well in college because of the great teachers and courses offered at this school.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    When I'm telling someone about the Diablo Valley College its usually positive things. With the exception of the long waits in the all the lines your have to stand in during the enrollment process. Those I could definitely do without!

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  12. What's unique about your campus?

    Best thing about Diablo Valley College is the diversity. It is really good to see a mixture of age, race, culture, ethnicity, and religion. We, as students come together as one to better ourselves. We all have the drive to learn and educate ourselves for a better tomorrow. Besides improving our minds in our general study course at the school, we also improve our minds to learn from the diverse people that share the same hopes, goals, and dreams. Diablo Valley College is best know for an outstanding education in an exceptional diverse environment.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about DVC is its lack of classes. Many of the classes I need are either too full or do not fit into my schedule. It would be nice to have more classes available at more times. However, it is not always possible.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    This has definitely been a great stepping stone for me. The perfect transition from high school to college for me and I have grown in knowledge and maturity. I like it a lot.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    There is a broad range of classes available and there are some truly magnificent professors here.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The most popular organizations at DVC are the DVC government, the Consultant Club and The International Students Club.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The stereotype is that this is as continuation of high school and only the bad students or the students that had no direction go to this school. It's true that many people come to dvc to discover what they want to study but that id so they can do so without paying more than they can afford.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

35% of students attending Diablo Valley College receive some sort of financial aid. 21% were awarded federal grants. While 2% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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