Gavilan College

5055 Santa Teresa Blvd
Gilroy, CA 95020-0000
Tel: (408)848-4800
  • In an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, Gavilan College serves the community by providing a high-quality learning experience which prepares students for transfer, technical and public service careers, lifelong learning and participation in a diverse global society.
School Highlights
  • Gavilan College serves 5,531 students (35% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 66% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Gavilan College is one of 8 community colleges within Santa Clara County, CA.
  • The nearest community college is Cabrillo College (19.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 150 teachers has declined by 8% over five years.
Gavilan College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty150 staff92 staff
Gavilan College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 5,531 has declined by 23% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.60 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment5,531 students7,516 students
Gavilan College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio37:144:1
Gavilan College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,933 students1,613 students
Gavilan College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,598 students5,903 students
Gavilan College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Gavilan College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Gavilan College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Gavilan College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Gavilan College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Gavilan College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Gavilan College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Gavilan College Hawaiian (2009-2012)
% Two or more races
Gavilan College More (2014-2016)
% Unknown races
Gavilan College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.600.73
Gavilan College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Gavilan College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,800$34,900
Gavilan College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,246 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,654 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,246$1,636
Gavilan College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,654$6,797
Gavilan College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid69%78%
Gavilan College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,500$9,500
Gavilan College Median debt for students who have completed (2010-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,500
Gavilan College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Gavilan College was originally established in 1919 as San Benito County Junior College. It operated under this title until 1963, when a new community college district was drawn that included both San Benito and southern Santa Clara Counties. Successful passage of a local bond in 1966 provided the needed funds to construct the present campus at Santa Teresa Boulevard in Gilroy. The main campus is located south of Gilroy against the hills that form the western boundary of the Santa Clara Valley. Every aspect of the 150-acre Gavilan College campus has been planned to emphasize the student-centered philosophy adopted by the Board of Trustees and the college staff. Buildings have been designed and constructed to serve the needs and interests of college students and are equipped with the most recently developed aids to enhance teaching and learning. Gavilan College also has sites in Hollister at the Briggs Building and in Morgan Hill as a wing of the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center. These two sites are an integral part of the District's effort to enhance student access to a college education. Gavilan College offers a wide range of services, including programs of community education, study in the liberal arts and sciences, and study in the pre-professional, business, voactional, and technical fields. To support student success, we offer services that strengthen and augment the learning environment. Courses and programs of study are offered days, evenings, weekends, and online. All offerings are designed to assist students in meeting their educational and life goals. Gavilan College is fully accreditated by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC.), last granted a six-year accreditation in 2001, the Gavilan College's accreditation will be reviewed again in 2007.

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