Location
Gilroy, CA
Undergrads
1,887
Tuition (in-state)
$6,234 ($1,242)
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Reviews 161 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Senior

Academic Experience: Gavilan gets a bad rap but the majority of instructors I have had have all been wonderful (minus a few...but you'll get that at most places). I have heard nothing but praise for the art teachers in my division. The curriculum is very reasonable, depending on the instructor of course. It is extremely easy to pull a 3.5 GPA if you are taking 12 units/semester.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: There aren't any unique aspects besides the fact that instead of a regular AA Degree, you can pursue the AA-T which betters your chance for transferring to your university of choice in that major/related major. The workload is average, depending on the class and instructor. I find the more Design-related arts classes to be more demanding in terms of deadlines and projects. The facilities are nothing fancy but extremely decent and nice.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Since it is a pretty small community college, and although you hear a lot of bad things about it, all of the instructors I have had have all been absolutely wonderful (for the most part...) and want you to succeed. The grad and transfer rate is really low, but that's just the crappy demographics of the school I guess. The clubs and campus life are pretty dull.

2 College Senior

Student Body: Majority of people blend in with each other, there is not a huge diversity here.

College Senior

Career Services: I have had no experience in post-grad services.

5 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The financial aid office is a wonderful group of individuals who make it their goal to help you through with any question, big or small, that will contribute to your success in transferring and college experience. Take advantage of your community college fin. aid office, because it will not be as personal at larger universities I'm sure. I think too many people devalue their education at Gavilan, but I have learned so much and think it is definitely worth the time and money.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: It really depends on the instructor. Some online professors are way over their heads in understanding internet reliability (on-campus), but the majority I have had have been extremely helpful and informative when turning in work, communication, and so on.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: Gavilan campus is simple, but calming due to the hillscape behind it and scattered trees. The student center needs some serious work, though. It is always extremely stuffy 24/7 and I can barely breathe in there. EOPS/Calworks have been amazing at helping students financially.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: The speed is decent except when there's 10+ people just watching Netflix in the library, hogging up the bandwidth.....

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The flexibility of my classes were great my first 3 semesters, but my last semester posed issues due to the timing issues. Majority of the arts-related classes I wanted to take ALL conflicted with each other timewise, which I have never had an issue with before. Extremely frustrating but everything has worked out just fine.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The financial aid office is great. Always nice people and normally not too busy unless it is right before a semester.

3 College Senior

Career Services: I am not very knowledgeable on this subject because I have not looked into these opportunities.

3 College Senior

Facilities: It is a very pretty campus. The buildings are well kept up. It is nothing fancy and sometimes classrooms are very squished but besides that it is a good experience.

3 College Senior

Student Body: A lot of the times it is go to class and leave. People pretty much know each other from prior to school. I find a lot of people don't even want to be in school and are just there to please their parents or financial aid opportunities. Many people call it a continuation of high school kind of school.

4 College Senior

Online Courses: The online classes as a whole are great and I never have problems with the actual technology of it. Sometimes though it depends on the teacher and how active they are in the online class.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Counseling appointments are great here and all of my teachers have been great with office hours.

2 College Sophomore

Student Body: It is not a very diverse area and most people go to their classes and leave. There is not often a group hanging out or studying on campus

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: The financial aid office is always busy and does not answer the phone, but tuition is reasonable

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Many classes have been cut and it is hard to get certain required classes, but they try to maintain the diversity even if it means cutting back to only one class per semester

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I don't like the location of the school, but I highly enjoy the classes

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Teachers can be strict and expect consistence, even when emergencies arise

College Sophomore

Online Courses: I have not taken any online courses at this school

3 College Sophomore

Career Services: Career center is great and very helpful, but there aren't very many jobs available

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Beautiful campus, very clean and flowers and trees planted everywhere

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Wifi is free but quite slow sometimes. Printing is not free, but is less than some other schools

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Overall, Gavilan is a great place to get ready to transfer to a four year university. Although many students don't take it seriously because it is a community college, it allows students to explore different courses and truly find something that will interest them. It's a great jumping off point to discover something students really enjoy and could see themselves doing later in life as a career. They provide excellent tutoring and transfer programs and even have representatives from all over California come and talk to students about the schools. The key to success at Gavilan is to stay focused and on track. If there is no motivation students will not perform at their full potential and will take years to transfer. Speaking with a counselor and knowing the educational plan is a vital factor in the success of a student. However, the most important thing for a Gavilan student is to have the drive and ability to want a better education so they can better their lives. Motivation, patience and hard work are the keys to academic success.

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