Palo Alto College

Tel: (210)486-3000
7,887 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 7,887 students (17% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
Minority enrollment is 78% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 65%.
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 261 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
College Palo Alto College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
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 261 staff
61 staff
Palo Alto College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 7,887 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has increased from 26:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.47 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 7,887 students 1,315 students
Palo Alto College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 30:1
Palo Alto College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,359 students
815 students
Palo Alto College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 6,528 students
1,061 students
Palo Alto College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Palo Alto College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Palo Alto College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Palo Alto College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Palo Alto College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Palo Alto College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Palo Alto College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Palo Alto College Unknown (2010-2013)
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. 0.47 0.70
Palo Alto College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,500 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 93% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $10,822 is more than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 99% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,500 $5,590
Palo Alto College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $10,822 $10,086
Palo Alto College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 74%
Palo Alto College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (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.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 9,212 students | 8.20 Mi1801 Martin Luther King Dr
    San Antonio, TX 78203
  • 21,434 students | 8.90 Mi1300 San Pedro Ave
    San Antonio, TX 78212
  • 564 students | 10.70 Mi6441 NW Loop 410
    San Antonio, TX 78238
  • 1,208 students | 11.10 Mi4522 Fredericksburg RD Suite A-18
    San Antonio, TX 78201
  • 1,090 students | 12.90 Mi7411 John Smith Drive Suite 300
    San Antonio, TX 78229
Did You Know?