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.
- The teacher population of 257 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|Palo Alto College||(TX) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||At least 2 but less than 4 years||At least 2 but less than 4 years|
|Total Faculty||257 staff||76 staff|
|Total Enrollment||8,376 students||3,921 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||33:1||35:1|
|# Full-Time Students||1,533 students||1,055 students|
|# Part-Time Students||6,843 students||2,866 students|
|% Two or more races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$31,300||$33,800|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- 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.
- College Location Mi. Students
- 10,514 students | 8.20 Mi1801 Martin Luther King Dr
San Antonio,  TX  78203
- 21,280 students | 8.90 Mi1300 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio,  TX  78212
- 2,506 students | 10.30 Mi1 Trinity Pl,
San Antonio,  TX  78212
- 556 students | 10.70 Mi6441 NW Loop 410
San Antonio,  TX  78238
- 1,097 students | 12.90 Mi7411 John Smith Drive, Suite 300
San Antonio,  TX  78229
We look at why millions of Americans are choosing community college over a traditional four-year school today.
Many students enroll in community college with the intent of transferring to a four-year school. Of those who do, many succeed, and yet traditional colleges and universities continue to overlook them. Read on to learn more about why more community college students don’t transfer schools and to receive some tips for making the transfer yourself.
Community college is the only option for many students who either can’t afford a traditional four-year university or who need a more flexible school environment. Just because community college is different, however, doesn’t mean that its students matter any less. The Aspen Prize exists to encourage community colleges to do more for their students and to continually strive for improvement.