Founded in 1964, the Peralta Colleges are located on “the Bright Side of the San Francisco Bay” in California, an area renowned for its optimism, spirit of innovation, daring, and tolerance. 


Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Peralta Community College District is comprised of four community colleges: Berkeley City College (just two blocks away from UC Berkeley), College of Alameda (California’s only community college located on an island), Laney College (in the heart of downtown Oakland, blocks away from Chinatown), and Merritt College (nestled in the hills above San Francisco Bay).


Type of SCHOOL: Two-year public community colleges

Size of Campus: Four separate colleges (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College)

Number of Students: 25,000 across four colleges

Number of Faculty: 1,200 across four colleges

Colleges, programs, and degrees: Over 2,000 sections offered in many majors (associate degrees, certificate programs, career and technical education)

Geographic Diversity: 1,000 F-1 international students from 90 different countries

International Student Services: Admission, immigration, counseling, orientation, student activities/clubs, mentorship program, health and safety, housing, workshops, cultural adjustment, career and transfer advising, transportation

International Student Budget: (2016–2017)
Tuition (30 units). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $      8,128
Room and Board (Living). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$
Books, Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $      1,750
AC Transit/Health Fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $          118
Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $    19,996

Financial Aid: Limited scholarships available for current international students

Test Score Requirements: None (No TOEFL or SAT required)

Application Deadlines and Fees:
Applicants applying from overseas:
Spring—November 1
Summer—April 1
Fall----—June 1

Applicants applying from within the US:
Spring—January 1
Summer—June 1
Fall—August 1

$50 application fee required

Founded in 1964, the Peralta Colleges are located on “the Bright Side of the San Francisco Bay” in California, an area renowned for its optimism, spirit of innovation, daring, and tolerance. Our student population mirrors the ethnic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area. At Peralta you will find students from all over the world, from diverse cultural backgrounds and world-views, learning and sharing their dreams and aspirations.

More than 800 students transfer every year from the Peralta Colleges to four-year colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. The Peralta Colleges have special partnerships with the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems. PCCD is ranked in the top five for transfers to UC Berkeley, and as a California Community College, transfer students receive priority admission to all of the UC institutions. Six of the UC campuses offer the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) to students who meet specific requirements (UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Irvine).

Our colleges
Berkeley City College—Just two blocks from the University of California, Berkeley, the new energetic urban campus of Berkeley City College stands on the cutting edge of community college education. University preparation and occupational training classes form the core of Berkeley City’s curriculum, which also features model programs in fields as diverse as American Sign Language, Biotechnology, and Multimedia.

College of Alameda—California’s only community college located on an island is situated on a beautiful park-like campus and offers the quiet of a suburban setting in a bustling urban environment. Founded in 1970 College of Alameda has served more than 200,000 students and enjoys a well-deserved reputation for the excellence of its academic, vocational, and student support programs. A range of unique classes awaits you at College of Alameda, including Aviation Maintenance Technology, Apparel Design, Automotive Technology, and various ESL programs.

Laney College—In the heart of vibrant, multicultural downtown Oakland, Laney College features the cosmopolitan atmosphere and human energy of a big-city university. Across the street from the Oakland Museum of California, blocks from historic Chinatown, and a pleasant stroll from both Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary, Laney gives its 12,000+ students ready access to the city’s formidable intellectual, cultural, and natural resources. With renowned programs in such fields as Culinary Arts, Mathematics, Machine Technology, ESL, and Ethnic Studies, Laney has been a leader in academic and vocational education for decades.

Merritt College—Nestled in the hills above San Francisco Bay, Merritt College offers students the opportunity to study in one of the most dramatic natural settings in Northern California. With a panorama that includes the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean, Merritt’s striking vistas provide a breathtaking backdrop for a packed roster of first-rate academic and vocational programs. Minutes from the East Bay’s busiest commercial centers, Merritt boasts acclaimed programs in Community Social Services, Registered Nursing, Child Development, Nutrition and Dietetics, Environmental Studies, and Landscape Horticulture.

Partnership with UC Berkeley—cross enrollment program and pathways to four-year universities
The Cross Enrollment Program allows students who meet certain eligibility criteria to enroll in one undergraduate course per semester at UC Berkeley, which recently ranked in the top 10 worldwide.

Pathways is a resource for students who intend to transfer to UC Berkeley or another four-year institution. Students can make sure they are on the right path by talking to a UC Berkeley advisor in the transfer centers at our colleges. 

Through Pathways, advisors from UC Berkeley can help students develop a portfolio of classes that will pave the way to meeting transfer requirements. Berkeley City College currently has the highest acceptance rate to UC Berkeley at 63%.

In addition, students have access to over 600 summer courses through Berkeley Summer Sessions, where they can take key prerequisites or gateway courses. Pathways advisors can help students determine if these classes are right with them.