The Colleges of Contra Costa, California

Your best gateway to top US Universities! Affordable tuition and living costs, excellent transfer possibilities to top universities in a great location in Northern California.

Colleges of Contra Costa - San Francisco Bay Area

  • Very affordable tuition - you can save thousands of dollars on the first two years of the Bachelor degree. Full time tuition (24 units)  is $10,296.
  • Excellent academics - you can transfer into the 3rd year of the Bachelor degree at the top universities in California. Universitisty of California ( UC), such at UC Berkeley, UCLA as well as one of the 23 California State Universities - San Francisco State, San Diego State, Sacramento State...
  • GAP Year students welcome -  spend a academic year or semester in California. Explore your interests studying from hundreds of different courses 
  • Choose between three campuses - Los Medanos College, Diablo Valley College or Contra Costa College
  • College Sports - Soccer, American Football,  Baseball, Tennis, Track & Field, Water Polo, Volleyball, Swimming and Diving and Basketball 
  • Cost of Living - housing is both more affordable and easier to find compared to other popular colleges in California. And the living costs are also considerably lower.
  • Great locations - all three colleges are located in the San Francisco Bay Area and near a direct train line to downtown San Franciso.  On the weekends, you can explore California's world famous destinations: Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley (famous for wines),  Lake Tahoe (skiing), Pacific surf beaches. Further south is San Diego, Palm Springs and Los Angeles. 

The Community College Advantage

Starting your Bachelor´s degree at a California community college has many advantages:

  • Admissions - no entrance exam is required, such as the SAT, nor is an entrance exam required when you transfer
  • No application fee
  • If you are over 18 years old or a high school graduate (12 years of secondary education) you are admitted. 
  • Class sizes are between 24- to a maximum of 30 students
  • Excellent international student support - transfer center, 1:1 education planning, free math and English tutoring, career services, immigration advising
  • Priority admissions and guarantees for the Colleges of Contra Costa transfer students into the 3rd year of the Bachelor to many prestigious 4-year universities, both public and private.
  • GAP Year students can choose from hundreds of classes in many areas of studies. From Antropology to Zoology, from Art to Video Game Design. 

Choose from Three Campuses

Los Medanos College (LMC) 

  • Suburban campus about 70 km from downtown San Francisco. Bus service from the campus to the direct train to San Francisco. 
  • Ranked no. 6 Best Community College by College Choice Magazine and Top 150 Community College by The Aspen Institute. 
  • Honors Program with ten partners, including UCLA, since 2015 75% of LMC students in the program have been admitted to UCLA
    • In comparison, only 6% of international students are admitted freshman year 

Diablo Valley College ( DVC) 

  • Located about 50 km to San Francisco with on-campus bus service to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train
  • Furnished and unfurnished aparmtents 1-2 blocks from campus
  • DVC is number 1 in transfers among international students to UC Berkeley and UC Davis. More than 40% of  DVC's international transfer students have been admitted to UC Berkeley since 2010. 
  • One of only 18 community colleges all over US to be part of the TSN (Transfer Scholars Network) connecting our top students to 16 prestige universites such as MIT, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Johns Hopkinks, Amherst and more!

Contra Costa College (CCC)

  • Urban campus only 32 km to San Francisco, with on-campus bus service to the Bay Area Rapid Transit trains to San Franicsco
  • Very diverse campus; 42% Hispanic, 20% African American, 14% Asian, 12% White, 6% Filipino and 6% Multi-ethnic
  • Presidential Award-winning Center for Science Excellence for STEM majors (see video)
  • High transfer rate to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC San Diego, San Francisco State and UC Santa Barbara. 

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Affordable: Full time $10,296 per year (24 units)

Transfer to UC or Cal State: One of the highest transfer rates into the Universities of California and California State Universities

Easy admissions: High school graduate or over 18 years old, no SAT required. Minimum 61 TOEFL, Ibt, 5.5 IELTS or 95 Duolingo

Location: Choice of 3 campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area, with rapid train connection to San Fransisco.

International students: Students from over 50 different countries

Accommodation and living costs: Easier to find and more affordable housing and living costs than other campuses.

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