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Welcome to Gavilan's Online Orientation!

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Attending college is an adventure! We would like to take some of the surprise out of it by providing you with this orientation to college.

The Counseling Department at Gavilan College has designed this online orientation with your success in mind. We hope that after completing this orientation, you will have the tools to make wise decisions so that you can reach your educational goals in a timely manner.

Orientation is a component of the College's Matriculation process. Matriculation is a series of services that Gavilan College commits to provide for you. The purpose is to help you identify your educational goals and successfully complete them.

These matriculation services include:
a clear and accessible admissions process
assessment of your academic skill level through placement testing and consideration of related factors
an orientation to college and services we offer (that's this orientation!)
counseling and advising so you can complete your program in the quickest possible time with all the correct requirements

The above is our commitment to you. Your part of the partnership is to:

  • identify and declare and educational goal and major
  • meet with a counselor to make and update your educational plan so that you stay on track
  • seek out services on campus that will support you and help you stay in school
  • make progress towards your goal.

Although we encourage all students to go through the orientation, some students are exempt.

In order to be exempt from orientation you...
must have an AA degree or higher; or
must have accumulated fewer than 12 units in transfer courses; and
must not plan to earn a certificate or degree; and
must be presently enrolled in fewer than six units

If you are not exempt from Orientation, you have the right to formally waive your participation in the service. By doing so, please be aware that you will also waive your eligibility to participate in priority (early) registration as a continuing student.  New students will not be eligible for registration advising in the Counseling Department until the first orientation session is complete.  Waiver forms are available at the Admissions Office.

This orientation program will help you be successful at Gavilan College. You will receive information that will help prepare you for your first counseling appointment, select your semester courses, and complete the registration process. Additional topics include:

  • Admissions and Assessment
  • Educational Programs
  • Campus Publications and Terms to Know
  • Student Services
  • Student Activities
  • Study and Classroom Tips
  • Registration Process and Selecting Classes
  • Summary and Q.& A.
  • Quiz - must answer 75% correctly

Please note that at the conclusion of this orientation you will be given a quiz to see how much you have learned. In order to receive credit for completing the orientation, you must answer at least 75% of the questions correctly.  If you are unable to pass the quiz after three attempts, please schedule an in-person orientation session.

Please note that this online lesson is only the FIRST part of Gavilan's orientation. In order to complete the orientation, you must follow up by enrolling in Guidance 210 (1/2 unit) during your next semester.

In order to participate in PRIORITY registration as a current, continuing student, your orientation MUST be completed a minimum of three weeks before the priority registration date. If your orientation is completed within three weeks of the start of registration, you will be able to register on the "Open Registration" date.

After reviewing each web page, click on "Next" to proceed to the next topic.

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