Palo Alto College

1400 W Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78224-2499
Tel: (210)486-3000
  • 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 35:1.
  • 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 11 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 stayed relatively flat over five years.
Palo Alto College(TX) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty257 staff76 staff
Palo Alto College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 8,376 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.43 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has declined by 5% over five years.
Total Enrollment8,376 students3,921 students
Palo Alto College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio33:135:1
Palo Alto College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,533 students1,055 students
Palo Alto College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students6,843 students2,866 students
Palo Alto College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Palo Alto College Enrollment Breakdown TX All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Palo Alto College Asian (2007-2013)
% Hispanic
Palo Alto College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Palo Alto College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Palo Alto College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Palo Alto College More (2011-2016)
Palo Alto College Ethnicity Breakdown TX All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.430.69
Palo Alto College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Palo Alto College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,300$34,000
Palo Alto College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,550 is more than the state average of $4,070. The in-state tuition has grown by 52% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $10,740 is more than the state average of $6,270. The out-state tuition has grown by 53% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,550$4,070
Palo Alto College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$10,740$6,270
Palo Alto College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid80%83%
Palo Alto College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,500$9,500
Palo Alto College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,250
Palo Alto College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (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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Did You Know?
San Antonio community colleges have a diversity score of 0.59, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in San Antonio is Galen College of Nursing-San Antonio. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.