Northwest Vista College

3535 N. Ellison Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251
Tel: (210)486-4000
15,797 students
Public institution
  • Northwest Vista College is a college of the Alamo Community College District along with its sister colleges that include Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College, San Antonio College and Northeast Lakeview College in serving Bexar County and the surrounding areas.
School Highlights
Northwest Vista College serves 15,797 students (25% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 39:1 is higher than the state community college average of 34:1.
Minority enrollment is 69% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 61%.
Northwest Vista College is one of 13 community colleges within Bexar County, TX.
The nearest community college is Kaplan College-San Antonio-Ingram (5.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 405 teachers has grown by 44% over five years.
College Northwest Vista College (TX) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 405 staff 65 staff
Northwest Vista College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 15,797 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 39:1 has decreased from 54:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.59 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has grown by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment 15,797 students 1,394 students
Northwest Vista College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 39:1 34:1
Northwest Vista College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 3,952 students 932 students
Northwest Vista College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 11,845 students 2,653 students
Northwest Vista College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Northwest Vista College Enrollment Breakdown TX All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Northwest Vista College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Northwest Vista College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Northwest Vista College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Northwest Vista College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
Northwest Vista College More (2010-2014)
% Unknown races
Northwest Vista College Ethnicity Breakdown TX All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.59 0.69
Northwest Vista College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $5,500 is more than the state average of $3,168. The in-state tuition has grown by 51% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,822 is more than the state average of $4,242. The out-state tuition has grown by 54% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,500 $3,168
Northwest Vista College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,822 $4,242
Northwest Vista College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 57% 85%
Northwest Vista College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Established in 1994, with a donation of approximately 137 acres from World Savings and Loan Association, Northwest Vista College began holding classes in off-campus locations in the fall of 1995 with an enrollment of 12 students. The college began construction of its campus in July 1997 and the Mountain Laurel Hall opened to students in October 1998. The campus celebrated its grand opening in October 1999 with the completion of the Manzanillo Hall and the Huisache Hall. Located on 137 acres, Northwest Vista College is comprised of the following buildings: Manzanillo Hall,, Mountain Laurel Hall, Huisache Hall, Pecan Hall, Texas Persimmon Physical Plant and the Boardwalk. The Manzanillo Hall houses the state-of-the-art Learning Resource Center, the Student Success Center and the college's administration offices. The Huisache Hall is home to the bookstore, the college's Kinesiology and Multimedia Technology programs, the Office of Student Engagement, the student lounge, banquet facilities and refreshment vending facilities. The Mountain Laurel Hall is home to classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices. The Pecan Hall is home to the Center for Workforce and Community Education, classrooms, dance studios, and computer labs. The Boardwalk includes 23,000 square feet of additional classroom space. The college offers programs in Academic Foundations, Communication Arts, Arts & Humanities, Business & Government, Natural & Physical Sciences, Social and Computer Sciences and Support Areas. Northwest Vista College offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science degrees, Certificates, and Marketable Skills Achievement Awards.

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