Palo Alto College

  • 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 10,763 students (23% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is higher than the state community college average of 17:1.
Minority enrollment is 86% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 71%.

Top Rankings

Palo Alto College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Texas for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 454 teachers has grown by 99% over five years.
Palo Alto College(TX) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty454 staff262 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Palo Alto College has grown by 28% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has decreased from 33:1 over five years.
The Palo Alto College diversity score of 0.37 is less than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment10,763 students4,831 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio24:117:1
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# Full-Time Students2,466 students1,371 students
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# Part-Time Students8,297 students3,460 students
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% Asian
1%
5%
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% Hispanic
78%
47%
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% Black
4%
12%
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% White
14%
29%
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% Two or more races
2%
3%
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% Unknown races
1%
2%
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Diversity Score0.370.68
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College Completion Rate
34%
24%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,300$34,600
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,550 is more than the state average of $4,287. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $10,740 is more than the state average of $6,528. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,550$4,287
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Out-State Tuition Fees$10,740$6,528
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid85%82%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,142$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,490$5,500
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Source: 2020 (or 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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The nearest community college to Palo Alto College is St Philip's College (8.4 miles away).
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