Peralta Community College District

The Peralta Community College District operates four community colleges: Berkeley City College, Laney Collegeand Merritt College in Oakland, and College of Alameda.

Study with Peralta Colleges, where world-class, high-quality education meets affordable tuition. We are located in California’s beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, where you can get from the snowy mountains to the beaches within a single day!  Peralta Colleges is committed to continue teaching as long as the world keeps spinning. Continue learning through Distant Education and embrace the modern way of learning. Peralta Colleges is your one-stop shop with hundreds of programs and classes for you to choose from. You are all welcome here, despites of different English levels, various academic interests and numerous career goals.   

Check out our easy digital application process, flexible admissions and payment options on our website  We offer ESOL support and training, so TOEFL/IELTS/SAT not required. With small class sizes and 100+ certificate and degree programs available, you can create your unique and fun study experience with the Peralta Colleges. A single mouse click leads you to immerse yourself in the San Francisco East Bay, home of the prestige UC Berkeley and #2 most racially diverse big city in the U.S.  The Peralta Colleges is here to support you to progress towards a brighter future.  Bring Peralta College’s world class education and California’s spirit with you, wherever your adventures take you.     

Located in Downtown Berkeley, in one of the most socially progressive cities in United States, the new energetic urban campus of Berkeley City College stands out in the midst of other cutting edge community colleges. Just two blocks from University of California Berkeley, one of the world’s greatest education centers, 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. With over 100 associate and short-term certificate programs, Berkeley City College specializes in transforming lives, no matter what your needs are. With our help, the sky is the limit.

College of Alameda, California’s only community college located on an island, is situated on a beautiful park-like campus, just minutes away from downtown Oakland. It offers the quietness and peacefulness 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 await you at the College of Alameda, including Aviation Maintenance Technology, Apparel Design, Automotive Technology, and various ESL programs.

Laney College is the largest college within the Peralta Community College District with over 11,000 students. Located in the heart of the vibrant, multicultural downtown Oakland, it features the cosmopolitan atmosphere and human energy of a big city university. Located one minute away from Lake Merritt BART station, Laney is easily accessible and connected to the entire Bay Area. It is across the street from the Oakland Museum, blocks from historic Chinatown, and a pleasant stroll from both Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary. Laney College gives its 11,000-plus students ready access to the city’s formidable intellectual, cultural, and natural resources. With renowned programs in fields such as as Architecture, Engineering, Journalism, Culinary Arts, Mathematics, Machine Technology, and Ethnic Studies, Laney has been a leader in the academic and vocational education for decades.

Nestled in the hills above the San Francisco Bay, Merritt College offers students the opportunity to study in one of the most natural setting 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. Merritt, minutes from the East Bay’s busiest commercial centers, boasts acclaimed programs in Community Social Services, Legal Studies, Registered Nursing, Child Development, Nutrition and Dietetics, Environmental Studies, and Landscape Horticulture.

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