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New Students, Start Here!

Guide for New Students

Welcome to Gavilan College. We know you have made the best decision possible by choosing to attend our college. The Counseling Department's goal is to get you started, guide you through the enrollment process, and help you feel confident about your decision to start your educational journey.

Step One

  • Complete the online college application - allow 3-5 days for processing.
  • Obtain your Gavilan ID and PIN by going to Self-Service Banner and click on Get your Gavilan ID and Pin. If the system cannot find your Gavilan ID number it may be because you have not waited 5 working days for your Admissions application to be processed.   
  • Take the College Assessment (placement test), the schedule of available test dates are available online, nevertheless, your college application must be on file prior to scheduling a test date. You will need your Gavilan ID and PIN to register for the placement test. You will receive your assessment scores and course placement information right after completing the test.
  • Complete the College Kick-Start session online or in-person. The Kick-Start Session is designed to give you clear directions on how to use your student portal to register for classes, pay for fees, and get information regarding your financial aid application. You will get information regarding your assessment scores, course placements, course selections, and unit loads. Also, an abbreviate educational plan will be created so you can confidently register for your first term courses. Upon completion of the Kick-Start session you will be able to select and enroll in classes.
  • New students (students who have never attended college) must complete the college Kick-Start Session prior to meeting with a counselor.
  • Tour the campus virtually or in person- get to know your surroundings, you will feel right at home!
  • Review the Admission website and follow instructions for new students.

Step Two

  • Read the Schedule of Classes and Catalog - available online, Admissions Office, or Bookstore.
  • If after completing the Kick-Start Session and reviewing the Schedule of Classes and Catalog, and you still feel that you will need to meet with a counselor, check the Counseling department service hours.
  • Identify courses that you find interesting and make a list of questions that you may want to ask a counselor. Check the Frequently Asked Questions link found on the counseling home page for answers to common questions.
  • Be prepared for the cost of tuition and books, you may want to find out how the Financial Aid department can assist you.
  • Contact the Counseling Department for an appointment or Walk-in Service. Check Location and Service Hours for counselor availability and use the web-based counseling appointment system to schedule an appointment when they are available. Only Walk-in services are available during January, June, July, and August.

Step Three

  • If you need individualized assistance, meet with a counselor to review assessment results and prior academic records.
  • Always have all your academic records (high school) 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 first-semester course selections when you meet with a counselor.
  • New Students who have never attended college must register for GUID 210 - First Year College Student Seminar or GUID 6- Skills for Higher Education; completion of one of these courses will provide you with an opportunity to have priority registration for subsequent terms. Guidance 210 and 6 will provide with in-depth information regarding degree options, college policies and procedures, student services and programs, study and college survival skills. Also, a comprehensive educational plan will be created to provide you with a clear path to reaching your academic goals.
  • 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 using the Self-Service registration -MY GAV portalMy Gav. 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 will be disenrolled/de-registered 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. Once your educational plan is created you will be able to access it online. You are encouraged to work closely with the counselor who developed your educational plan.


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

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Last updated: July 8, 2014
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Last modified: May 5, 2015
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