John F Kennedy University

100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-4817
(925) 969-3330

Change your future today.

At John F. Kennedy University, we're focused on providing an atmosphere in which students can expand their intellectual and professional horizons. Through its forward-thinking academic programs JFK University offers new possibilities.

Since 1964, JFK University has been providing working adults with higher education opportunities in the San Francisco Bay area. Our students, many of them holding full-time jobs, embark on a learning pathway to impact their future. At JFK University, they find an educational experience that combines the benefit of an interactive, student-focused classroom with the convenience of evening and weekend schedules and easily accessible campus locations.

A fully accredited university with nationally recognized programs, JFK University offers a full range of curriculum: undergraduate-completion programs, graduate and doctorate degrees and continuing education certificates. All at affordable tuition rates that make your career aspirations possible.

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The John F. Kennedy University Story

Although John F. Kennedy never delivered these words as part of his speech prepared for Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, they would likely have resonated with JFK University's founders:

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

Elected in 1960, Kennedy began his presidency by proposing a New Frontier domestic policy program that promised federal funding for education. Although he served less than three years in office, he gave many speeches filled with references to the value of education for all citizens and the importance of working together to solve problems, to be of service, and to celebrate diversity.

  • Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.
  • Our problems are man-made; therefore, they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
  • So, let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.

In 1964, with the assassination of America's 35th president weighing heavily on hearts and minds, a small group of educators in the San Francisco Bay area met to discuss the best way to manifest Kennedy's ideals and honor his memory. As JFK had stated:

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.

With the encouragement of area business leaders and public officials, a small group of impassioned residents chose to create a university with the mission to provide new opportunities in higher education for working adults: men and women who, despite family, work, and civic responsibilities, were determined to earn the benefits of advanced education for their future.

John F. Kennedy University opened in Martinez, California, in 1965, with just over 50 students. At the time, no comparable opportunities for lifelong learners existed in the California state educational system.

Prescient in their goal and approach, the founders saw the logic of preparing working adults for new career challenges in the emerging high-technology, knowledge-intensive California economy.

As John F. Kennedy University continues to fulfill and evolve its founding mission, President Kennedy's words still serve as a beacon and guide:

We sail on a new sea because there is knowledge to be gained.


To be the learning environment of choice for those seeking a transformative and life-enhancing educational experience.

To provide access to high-quality, innovative educational opportunities that integrate theory and life experience. We inspire personal, professional and academic growth and advance the well-being of our diverse local and global communities. This mission is built upon our core values.


We are a vibrant and humane learning community that embraces all forms of diversity. Our locations, schedules, curricula and technology afford students maximum flexibility. Our culture is welcoming, respectful and ethical.

Quality and Innovation
Our courses of study are delivered by outstanding scholar-practitioners in a creative and challenging environment. We promote holistic, interdisciplinary, experiential learning that balances breadth and depth. We are responsive to the changing needs of our students and society.

Transformative Growth
We are dedicated to students who want to continue their formal education, chart new professional directions and/or derive greater meaning from their lives. Our rigorous academics and whole-person orientation stimulate intellectual inquiry and inspire students to realize their potential and achieve their dreams.

We are committed to a culture that respects and values all forms of diversity and sparks creativity, collaboration and leadership.

Global World View
We respect individual and cultural differences while forging bonds of common understanding essential to our global interdependence. Our programs encourage active and sustained contributions to our society and environment.

The College of Undergraduate Studies brings together undergraduate completion programs in business, health sciences, liberal arts, and legal studies to provide a rich, diverse learning environment.

The College community thrives on the values of building critical thinking skills, honoring diverse perspectives, creating space for dialogue, and engaging the whole person in a transformative learning experience.

The academic excellence of the College's programs prepares students to pursue graduate degrees or advance their careers. The curriculum is continually reviewed to ensure that coursework is grounded, relevant, conceptually interesting and dynamic.

The College's dedicated faculty and staff create a supportive learning community to encourage students along the path to achieving their educational goals. Classes in Business Administration and Legal Studies are taught by successful practitioners in their fields so that the content is current and lessons learned in class can be readily applied on the job.

We at John F. Kennedy University are ready to work with you to discover the educational pathway that best meets your career and personal goals.

You can meet one-on-one with our faculty to learn more about our programs and how they can fulfill your educational needs. Then our staff will personally guide you through the admissions, application and financial aid processes.

John F. Kennedy University accepts and reviews applications year-round, and qualified applicants can begin classes any quarter, depending on your program and location of choice. We invite you to learn more about undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions, international admissions, and financial aid programs and to come to an upcoming Open House to discover the vibrant learning community we offer.

So whether you are:

  • Looking to complete your bachelor's degree
  • Considering earning a master's, law or PsyD degree
  • Seeking a certificate
  • Transferring from another institution

Our admissions staff and our faculty will work with you to put you on the path to changing your future…today.

Ready to take the next step? You can apply online to get the process going immediately. Or, call 1(800) 696-JFKU (5358) to speak with an admissions counselor today.

Diablo Valley College

321 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-1544
(925) 685-1230

Diablo Valley College advances the intellectual and professional development of Central Contra Costa County through compelling transfer and workforce programs and an unparalleled commitment to learning.

DVC offers a wide variety of self-improvement and enrichment classes, from learning a musical instrument to reducing the stress in your life.

Diablo Valley College is one of three publicly supported two-year community colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. The main campus is located off Interstate 680 in Pleasant Hill, California and twenty miles east of UC Berkeley. A new San Ramon Valley Center in Dougherty Valley opened its doors to students in November of 2006. DVC serves more than 22,000 students of all ages with these program options: Associate in Arts Degree Associate in Science Degree Transfer credit to four year colleges Articulation agreements with University of California and California State University Systems Vocational training Certificates of Achievement Certificates of Accomplishment Lifelong personal improvement opportunities The college officially began in 1949, in some of the most unlikely sites: high schools, banks, churches, even an old army camp. Called East Contra Costa Junior College, we moved to our present site in 1952, in ten steel buildings acquired from the government for $45 each. The cornerstone for the first permanent building was laid in 1953, and the name Diablo Valley College was adopted in 1958. We've come a long way since those humble beginnings. Over one and a half million students have enrolled here since 1949! As we salute our heritage, we look forward to serving one of Northern California's most dynamic, education-minded areas for another 50 years. History   and facts: For over 50 years, Diablo Valley College has provided quality education to the community it serves. A million students later, enrolling at DVC is one of the best ways you can ensure acceptance at a four-year college. DVC is not only recognized as one of California's best community colleges, but it also leads the state in transfer to four-year institutions. Research figures recently released by UCLA's Center for the Study of Community Colleges show that DVC's transfer rate to four-year universities is 67 percent higher than the national average. Another report, released by the California Post-secondary Educational Commission, shows that DVC ranked number one in transfers in the state, ahead of all other California community colleges. A brief history of our land shows us that this was originally home to the Costanoan Indians. In 1844, the Mexican government granted the land to William Welch, and it became part of his huge Rancho Las Juntas, which included northwestern Walnut Creek, all of Pleasant Hill, and the northeastern half of Martinez. After World War II the land was subdivided into housing tracts, and on October 5, 1950, the College Board of Trustees purchased the DVC site for $172,500. Construction began in September, 1951. With 20,000 students of all ages and a host of programs, you'll find a dynamic educational environment and a lively atmosphere at DVC. Located off of Interstate 680 in Pleasant Hill, the campus is situated on one hundred acres of gently rolling hills in view of Mt. Diablo, a northern California landmark. Our handsomely landscaped main campus is just a short distance from San Francisco, making it an ideal setting for the premier transfer institution in California. We also offer classes at eight satellite facilities and centers in Central Contra Costa County including Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Concord, Martinez, and Danville. We are the college of choice for many students from the private and public high schools in the nearby Martinez, Mt. Diablo, San Ramon, and Acalanes School Districts. FACTS: More than 2600 courses are offered. We train more people than any educational institution in Contra Costa County -- offering more than 57 occupational specialties. The DVC faculty is composed of 300 full-time and 370 part-time instructors. Most hold advanced degrees. They bring academic and technical expertise to the classroom to an unusually high degree for lower division instruction. At 54%, students at the freshman level represent the largest single component of the student body. Part-time students account for about two-thirds of the enrollment, but the number of full-time students is increasing. Women make up 54% of the student population. The largest group on campus is 20-24 years. It's followed closely by the 30-49 year age group. The number of students attending for successive terms increases steadily.