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 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 12 community colleges within Bexar County, TX.
  • The nearest community college to Palo Alto College is St Philip's College (8.2 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
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Student Body

  • The student population of Palo Alto College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Palo Alto College diversity score of 0.43 is less than the state average of 0.69. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment8,376 students3,921 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio33:135:1
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# Full-Time Students1,533 students1,055 students
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# Part-Time Students6,843 students2,866 students
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% Asian
-
4%
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% Hispanic
72%
37%
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% Black
3%
13%
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% White
23%
39%
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% Two or more races
2%
2%
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Diversity Score0.430.69
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College Completion Rate
16%
21%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,300$33,800
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,550 is more than the state average of $4,026. 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 $6,207. The out-state tuition has grown by 53% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,550$4,026
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Out-State Tuition Fees$10,740$6,207
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid80%83%
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Median Debt for Graduates$8,500$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,015
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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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