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3535 N. Ellison Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251
p. 210-486-4000
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Northwest Vista College

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Northwest Vista College (NVC) is a two-year community college located in San Antonio, Texas. Students can pursue Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. Additionally, working professionals can earn certificates of completion in a number of areas as well as marketable skills awards.


A member of the Alamo Community College district, the school has a brief but distinguished history. Its first class was offered in fall 1995, despite the fact that a campus had yet to be constructed. For the first few years of the school’s existence, classes and administrative operations were held in temporary, rented spaces. The college settled into its current locale in suburban San Antonio on land donated from the World Savings and Loan Association.

Official accreditation was granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in June of 2001.


The core curriculum includes 46 hours of classes. Full-time students can typically complete this requirement in two years or less. The Business Administration Associate of Arts and the General Studies Associate of Arts can both be earned entirely online. Articulation agreements between NVC and several nearby universities mean that associate’s degree graduates can seamlessly transfer to another institution and continue working towards their bachelor’s degree or beyond.

Students who enter the Business and Government track can choose courses in accounting, business administration, economics, government or marketing. Graduates earn the Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration. The Workforce and Technical Programs feature such areas as clinical research, game concept art, nanotechnology and web design.

English as a Second Language (ESL), both credit and non-credit earning, is yet another popular alternative at the school. The ESL curriculum is composed of six levels and four target skills. Incoming students sit for a proficiency exam to determine their specific level and the skills they need the most help with.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

GEMS Project

The college partners with local public school districts to strive for gender equity in the fields of math and science. Beginning in the 9th grade, GEMS participants receive continuous academic support, including Saturday sessions at the NVC campus. Role models from math and science intensive industries visit and speak with the students. A four-week summer academy prepares students for the rigors of college. Workshops in study skills, budgeting, time management, and financial aid options combine to give participants a head-start on their careers.

Service Learning

Giving back to the community is a key element among students, faculty, and staff. Service learning is a program in which students can volunteer their services for a noble cause. Opportunities include delivering food and supplies to home-bound adults and helping in the construction of new, affordable homes. A total of 14 local and national agencies are official partners with NVC’s Service Learning program, and that number is certain to grow. Contact the Coordinator of Service Learning or the Coordinator of Civic Engagement for further information.


As a member of the Alamo Colleges system, Northwest Vista has an open enrollment policy. Every prospective student meeting the basic requirements will be admitted. The first step for new students is to take the ApplyTexas online application, a standardized form that allows for submission to more than one public college or university in Texas. Incoming students are required to take the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), a placement test that gauges a student’s proficiency in several key areas.

Tuition charges are partly based on student residency. An in-state student will pay significantly less for tuition than one applying from another state. Part of the ApplyTexas process includes determining an applicant’s official residency. Further documentation of residency may be required at a later date.

Financial Aid

Education at NVC is affordable by almost any standard, so federal and private loans are discouraged. In fact, one of the goals of the Student Financial Services Office is to see that every student graduates debt-free. Employees work hard to match students with need-based grants and scholarships.

The first step in determining aid eligibility is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form allows eligible students to receive both Federal Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants. For state-based grant money, students must fill out an Alamo Colleges grants and scholarships application. The Alamo Colleges application checks a student’s eligibility for the Top 10% Scholarship, the Texas Grant, and the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant.

Student Financial Aid Details

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The student body is a mix of high-school graduates who want to begin school close to home before going elsewhere, and working adults who want to enhance their career prospects.

The first class at NVC had only 12 students. Enrollment quickly surged as new campus buildings were constructed, with the current student population exceeding 13,000.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Students have ample opportunity to compete in a variety of individual and team sports. Intramurals are open to all students, faculty and staff of the college and include basketball, flag football, volleyball and soccer.

Former high-school athletes are eligible to compete in the South Texas Club Sports League, a collective of other Alamo Colleges and regional two-year institutions. Participants must enroll in a minimum number of hours and maintain a 2.25 GPA or better. Club sports include cross-county, basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s soccer and tennis.

Local Community

Dorms or other school-affiliated housing are not present on campus, which is located 16 miles from downtown San Antonio, the nation’s seventh-largest city and home to over a million people.

Information Summary

Ranks 182nd in Texas and 3158th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson 4 0.02
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.03
Arrest 6 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 4,672 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 89 0.01
Forcible Rape 492 0.04
Robbery 1,785 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15,334 1.13
Larceny 59,641 4.40
Vehicle theft 5,893 0.43

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near San Antonio, TX 78251
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population26,070 (25,566 urban / 504 rural)
Households9,357 (2.79 people per house)
Median Household Income$46,290
Families6,695 (3.31 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4820

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3302nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,008 $5,470 $10,660
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $30 $30 $162
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $67 $182 $355
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,034 $7,496 $12,818
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,284 $20,746 $26,068
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,248 $12,710 $18,032

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,952 $2,038 $3,632 $5,500 $6,992 $10,822
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,900(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,552 $7,642
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,797(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,797(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 5 85 695 31 3 494 24 1,369
American History (United States)
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 4 15 3 13 35
Art/Art Studies, General 7 4 1 12
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7 2 4 14
Business Administration and Management, General 1 3 64 1 32 1 103
Business and Personal/Financial Services Marketing Operations
Business/Commerce, General 9 40 2 30 81
Chemistry, General
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 4 5 9
Clinical Research Coordinator 3 1 3 7
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 2 32 4 38
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 1 1 3
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 10 32 43 4 90
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 4 7
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 9 50 2 25 2 90
Dance, General 2 2 4
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 2 2
Design and Visual Communications, General 2 2 1 5
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 28 1 25 56
Economics, General
Education, General
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering, General 2 13 1 13 29
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Studies 1 13 83 1 50 2 152
Graphic Communications, General
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 6 52 5 26 1 95
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 2 5
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies 1 3 4
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 4 1 7
Laser and Optical Technology/Technician 4 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 18 188 6 2 126 8 360
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 2 1 5 12
Mathematics, General
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller
Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Music Theory and Composition 1 1 5 7
Music, General
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 2 15 3 17 1 41
Physics, General
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Dentistry Studies 1 1
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychology, General 1 2 3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 11 2 9 23
Rhetoric and Composition 1 1
Social Work
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 2
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 25 22 2 49
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 7 1 8 18

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3313th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $51,395 ($50,786 male / $35,485 female)
Number of FT Faculty 152 (82 male / 70 female)
Number of PT Faculty 928
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,902,160

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