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WELCOME TO LOS MEDANOS COLLEGE

We are pleased that you are interested in attending Los Medanos College. The presence of international students on our campus and in our community increases our understanding and respect for the many cultures of the world. At the same time, we are confident that students from other countries gain a deeper understanding of American life by living and studying with us.
Los Medanos College is a diverse, full-service community college, which serves about 10,000 students each semester. We offer a comprehensive transfer program for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate degrees, Associate degrees and Certificates of Achievement in technical education programs for job skills training, and courses for continuing professional education.
Located in a pleasant suburban community about 50 minutes east of San Francisco, Los Medanos College is situated in one of the fastest growing and dynamic places in the San Francisco Bay Area in the eastern part of Contra Costa County. It is accessible by public transportation to Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco and is the gateway to unlimited recreational opportunities - including Sacramento (California state capitol), the Sacramento River Delta, the Gold Country Foothills and Lake Tahoe.
nternational students have a wealth of programs and services available to them, including the international student admissions and advisory staff, as well as all other campus facilities such as the library, media and computer centers, bookstore, cafeteria, and athletics.

REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION

Please read the instructions for admission carefully, and complete all the necessary documents. Submit the paperwork in time to receive the I-20 form (and student visa if necessary) for the semester for which you are applying.

Admission deadlines:

Fall Semester:
(Aug. to Dec.)
July 1 for out-of-country applicants
July 15 for in-country applicants
Spring Semester:
(Jan. to May)
December 1 for all applicants
  • Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee. (Cashier's check or money order in U.S. funds, made out to Los Medanos College. Do not send cash.)
  • File a completed International Student Admissions Application form. (If you are currently a student at another U.S. college, you must submit written verification from that college indicating that you are in-status and a full-time student in good standing.)
  • Complete the Financial Certification form and submit a certified bank statement verifying available funds (page 8 of the International Student Admissions Application).
  • Submit the completed Health Statement certified by your doctor or medical staff (page 7 of the International Student Admissions Application).
  • Complete and sign the F-1 Student Conditions Agreement (page 6 of the International Student Admissions Application).
  • Submit official transcripts of all high school and college work completed. (Note: official transcripts must be translated into English.)
  • Submit an official TOEFL Score report, if available. (See enrollment requirements below.)
  • Write an essay explaining your background and future academic and career goals.
  • Send the completed application materials to:
    (LMC) International Students Admissions
    2700 E. Leland Rd.
    Pittsburg, CA 94565 USA
    Phone: (925) 439-2181, ext. 7500
    FAX: (925) 427-6351
    E-mail: salves@losmedanos.edu

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ABILITY

Students must present an official TOEFL Score Report to be eligible for admission. While it is recommended that international students have a minimum score of 157 on the computerized TOEFL (480 on thepaper-based test), it is possible to be admitted with a lower TOEFL score if the student agrees to take required credit English as a Second Language (ESL) courses upon meeting with the faculty ESL advisor.

FEES 2009-2010

Tuition and enrollment fees will be collected in full at the time of registration. International student tuition for the 2009-2010 academic year is $215 per unit. Tuition is subject to change. As indicated on the explanation of costs on the Financial Certification form (page 8), students must verify that they have available approximately $17,000 per academic year available to them. The bank statement must show an actual amount in U.S. dollars.

TRANSCRIPTS

To qualify for admission, students must have graduated from high school (or have attained a high school graduation equivalency) or be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the entering semester. Official transcripts from your high school and any colleges you have attended MUST be submitted with official English translation.

HEALTH CERTIFICATION

Student applicants must complete the Health Statement (page 7), enclosed in this application packet which verifies that they are in good health and have taken a tuberculosis test or show evidence that they are free of tuberculosis. This form must be certified by your doctor or health professional.

HOUSING

The college does not have dormitory facilities and most students arrange their own housing. While LMC cannot guarantee student accommodations, new students will receive housing assistance when necessary. In addition, guaranteed homestays are available for a placement fee of $350. To get information on housing assistance, contact Fia Parker, Housing Coordinator at Diablo Valley Homestay (925) 876-0080 or e-mail her at fparker@dvc.edu More information visit: www.diablovalleyhomestay.com

ORIENTATION AND ADVISING

Upon acceptance, you will be provided information to begin your studies. This information will include dates and times for the new student orientation, counseling and course registration, all of which take place before the beginning of your first semester of study. The orientations and counseling sessions are mandatory.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

The admission packets will be issued by July for the fall semester and by December for spring semester applicants. The acceptance letter and admission packet will not be issued until the Application for Admission is completed. Please complete the Application Checklist (page 3 or 4), indicating all completed documents have been sent and the date when incomplete or missing information will be provided.