Palo Alto College

1400 W Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78224-2499
Tel: (210)486-3000
8,376 students
Public institution
As a public comprehensive community college, Palo Alto College provides exemplary, accessible education and training to a diverse and aspiring community. The College educates, nurtures, and inspires students through a dynamic and supportive learning environment, which promotes the intellectual, cultural, economic and social life of the community.
School Highlights
Palo Alto College serves 8,376 students (18% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is lower than the state community college average of 34:1.
Minority enrollment is 77% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 61%.
Palo Alto College is one of 13 community colleges within Bexar County, TX.
The nearest community college is St Philip's College (8.20 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 257 teachers has declined by 14% over five years.
College Palo Alto College 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 257 staff
62 staff
Palo Alto College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 8,376 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has increased from 32:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.43 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has declined by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment 8,376 students 1,371 students
Palo Alto College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 33:1
22:1
Palo Alto College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 1,533 students
779 students
Palo Alto College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 6,843 students
1,083 students
Palo Alto College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Palo Alto College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
72%
20%
Palo Alto College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
3%
15%
Palo Alto College Black (2006-2014)
% White
23%
49%
Palo Alto College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
2%
3%
Palo Alto College More (2010-2014)
Palo Alto College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average 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. 0.43 0.70
Palo Alto College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,550 is less than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 52% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $10,740 is more than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 53% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,550 $5,664
Palo Alto College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,740 $10,360
Palo Alto College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 80%
90%
Palo Alto College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • The college was founded in 1985 with the mission of providing higher education in the Southside with the goal of transferring students as well as preparing them for the workforce. In the past 20 years, we have excelled in our transfer programs. We are the community college that has the highest transfer rate in the State of Texas for Hispanics. The average transfer rate for Hispanic students in Texas is 8.9% - at Palo Alto College it is 38% for Hispanics. Palo Alto College offers general, transfer, and technical education; basic skills development and comprehensive literacy programs; continuing education and community outreach; student success and support programs; instructional technologies and distance education; library information resources and institutional research, planning, development and evaluation. In the workforce areas, we have added new programs in Academic Computer Technology, Aviation Management, Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Electro-Mechanical Technology, Health Professions, Logistics, Nursing, Teacher Education, and Turfgrass Management. Palo Alto College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and by Committee on Animal Technician Activities and Training of the Amercian Veterinary Medical Association. Its programs are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Federal Aviation Agency, and the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

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