About Gavilan College


Gavilan College actively engages, empowers and enriches students of all backgrounds and abilities to  build their full academic, social, and economic potential.


Principles of Community

As members of the Gavilan College community, we value the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. We strive to maintain these ideals in an environment of inclusiveness and mutual respect.

The Principles of Community provide the foundation which creates this environment. The expectation is that we maintain the highest ethical standards in order to establish an atmosphere of civility, honesty, cooperation, professionalism, nurture and equity.

Gavilan College aspires to be

Diverse:  We embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms (the heritage, achievements, uniqueness, and contributions of all our members) and seek to uphold an inclusive, open and enlightened community. We engage in socially and culturally relevant practices and foster caring relationships.

Purposeful: We are a community that maintains a shared commitment to service to society and advancement of knowledge through innovative teaching and learning. We are committed to embracing collaboration, effective communication, and the development of strong working relationships throughout the campus.

Inclusive: We believe in all voices being heard. This requires outreach and purposeful inclusion of all groups. We believe the free exchange of ideas demands mutual respect, trust and consideration of our differences.

Equitable:  We are committed to working towards an environment where all students are achieving their goals and have access to equitable resources and opportunities. We are committed to respect for individual dignity and equitable access to resources, recognition and security. 

These Principles of Community, reflected in Board Policy 2715, guide the institution's actions. They provide guidelines to follow and are to be considered a living document. Adherence to the Principles of Community is the professional responsibility of all staff. The strength of these principles lies not in their enforcement, but in our ability to create a shared set of values that inform and guide our community's daily practice. Ultimately, Gavilan College is dedicated to fulfilling its mission with compassion, caring and understanding, while respecting all individuals. the Principles of Community are evaluated and revised on a four-year cycle as appointed as a Task Force by the President's Council.


Visionary Educational Values and Goals 


  •  An imaginative and nurturing community of learners, fostered through rigorous scholarship, creativity, and personal and professional development. 
  • A college environment and social climate characterized by inclusiveness and mutual respect for all of our students, staff, and community. 
  • Excellence in and promotion of comprehensive programs, services, and activities.
  • Partnerships that support the educational, economic and social development of the college and the communities we serve.

  • To be known for educational excellence 
  • To demonstrate involved and responsive community leadership 
  • To increase our accessibility 
  • To encourage innovative instruction 
  • To lead in the application of appropriate educational technology 
  • To promote a harmonious learning and working environment


Gavilan College is committed to educational excellence. The college aspires to be an exemplary, student-centered community college through leadership, planning, and a commitment to ongoing improvement. Its services and programs are designed to instill the values of critical thinking, life-long learning, cultural understanding, and community service. Gavilan's quality of service to students is closely bound to the quality of the college staff.

Gavilan College strives to accomplish its mission with creativity and innovation and with a proactive, accessible and sensitive presence in the diverse communities it serves. The college is dedicated to fulfill its mission with compassion, caring and understanding and holds, in high regard, the respect and worth of all individuals.


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, vocational, 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 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 Gavilan Joint Community College District is comprised of 2,700 square miles encompassing southern Santa Clara and most of San Benito County.

In 1997, instructional sites were added in Hollister and Morgan Hill to augment offerings on the main campus. With the passage of the Measure E facilities bond in 2004, Gavilan College upgraded the Gilroy campus, and purchased land for permanent locations in Coyote Valley and San Benito County.  In addition to upgrades in infrastructure, technology, and instructional space, Measure E provided for the development of a new Aviation Maintenance Technology instructional site San Martin, and phase I development of the Coyote Valley Center.

The Measure X Bond passed in 2018 will provide for Phase I development of the San Benito County campus, a new library and performing arts complex on the Gilroy campus, and other upgrades to meet the needs of students in the future.


Gavilan College has a main campus in Gilroy on 170 acres that includes a golf course, swimming pool and athletic fields, and 26 instructional and student services buildings. The main parking lots feature solar panels and include electric car charging stations.
There are four additional instructional sites: the Hollister and Morgan Hill satellite sites offer classes and limited student services in the downtown core’s of Hollister and Morgan Hill. The San Martin Aviation Maintenance Technology site at the San Martin Airport is home to the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. The Coyote Valley Center is home to the South Bay Public Service Academies including police and fire training, as well as the Gavilan College Community Education department.


Gavilan College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Contact InformationThe Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges 10 Commercial Boulevard Suite 204 Novato, CA 94949; 415-506-0234; accjc@accjc.org