Gavilan College: Narrative Description

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5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.
Gilroy, CA 95020-9599
Tel: (408)847-1400; Admissions: (408)848-4735; Fax: (408)848-4801; Web Site:

Description: State and locally supported, 2-year, coed. Part of California Community College System. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1919. Setting: 150-acre rural campus with easy access to San Jose. Total enrollment: 5,060. Students come from 6 states and territories, 11 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 45% Hispanic, 2% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 58% 25 or older. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Open admission. Option: international baccalaureate accepted. Placement: ACT ASSET required for some. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $3888 full-time, $162 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $300 full-time, $11 per unit part-time, $12 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Most popular organization: Student Government. Major annual events: Cinco de Maio, Black History Month, Career Transfer Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. 55,440 books and 205 serials. 31 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Gilroy has a population of 35,000 and is located 77 miles south of San Francisco; served by buses and railroads. There are churches, a hospital, a library, and radio station. Gilroy has theatres, parks, civic organizations, and a public swimming pool for recreational activities; nearby are beaches and five state parks.