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New to Gavilan, but with College Experience


Welcome to Gavilan College. We know you have made the best decision possible by choosing to continue your education at our college. The Counseling Department's goal is to get you started, guide you through the enrollment process, and help you plan out your courses carefully so you can attain your goals.

Step One

  • Complete a college application and turn it in to the Admissions Office - allow 8 days or more for processing.
  • Obtain your Gavilan ID and PIN by going to Self-Service Banner and click on Get your Gavilan ID and Pin. If you are unable to obtain a Gavilan ID, it is because your application has not been processed, try again after 8 business days from the day you turned in your application to the Admissions Office. If you did not list a social security number on your college application, you will need to visit the Admissions and Records office.
  • If you have NOT completed English or Math courses at your prior schools, then you must take the College Assessment (placement test), a schedule of test dates is available online, your college application must be on file prior to scheduling a test date online as your GAV ID is required on the test reservation form.
  • If you have completed English and Math courses within the last two years, then you will not have to take the Gavilan College Placement test.  Please note that some vocational programs (ie. Nursing) require that students submit recent Math and English test scores as part of their program application process. Check with a counselor for details.
  • Complete the College Online Orientation or attend the in-person Orientation sessions (if available). The orientation is designed to give you a general understanding of what the college has to offer, its programs, services, policies, and procedures. Although you can opt not to complete the Orientation because you have college experience, it is still recommended so that you can understand Gavilan College's policies and procedures.
  • Stop by the Financial Aid Office for information. Fee waiver applications are available online.
  • Tour the campus, get to know your surroundings, you will feel right at home!

Step Two

Step Three

  • Meet with a counselor to review prior academic records. Only a counselor can clear you for a pre-requisite, plan accordingly.
  • Always have all your academic records (high school and college) and test scores (Gavilan Assessment or Advance Placement Test Scores) on your person when meeting with a counselor.
  • Be prepared to review your educational goals, interests, and course selections when you meet with a counselor.
  • Counselors can answer many questions and address concerns that you may have regarding course selections, unit loads, finances, or any other issue that may influence your decision to enroll at Gavilan College. Be sure to ask your questions!
  • Discuss with your counselor which student service program may be suitable for you.

Step Four - the last step

  • Register for your classes either in-person or by using the Self-Service registration. You will need your Gavilan ID and Pin to use the online registration system.
  • Payment due dates are listed online.  If payment is not received by the deadline, students may be unenrolled/deregistered from all their classes. Check with the Financial Aid Office for information regarding fee waivers and financial assistance.
  • Select a counselor you wish to work with during your time at Gavilan and schedule an appointment to develop an educational plan.


The Counseling Department is available to assist you, please check our homepage for additional information and services. Good luck with your first semester, you are well on your way!

Address of this page is http://www.gavilan.edu/counseling/first_timers.html
Last updated: August 3, 2009
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