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Palo Alto College

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An example of a true grassroots school, Palo Alto College has grown quickly. From its beginnings as a college with less than 300 students in 1985 to a current enrollment of almost 8,000 students, Palo Alto College is a college that makes learning both fun and affordable while never forgetting how the whole school began.

The college’s inception was the hard work of a number of community advocates, who worked together to organize college classes for slightly over 200 students in a number of different high school classrooms around town. Since the Southside of Bexar County was lacking in educational offices, the college was considered an important and essential addition to the community.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Palo Alto College offers a number of diverse courses for those working towards their associate’s. It’s possible to earn an Associate of Arts, An Associate of Arts in Teaching, an Associate of Science, and an Associate of Applied Sciences. In addition to those degrees, there are also a number of certification programs for short-term technical classes, as well as dual-enrollment programs for high school students.

Some of the most popular areas of study at Palo Alto College include Aviation, Behavioral Sciences, and Logistics. The school is well-known for its Mexican-American Studies program, which incorporates a lot of time spent learning from and helping in the local community.

Most Popular Fields of Study


With everything from summer school classes to coursework towards an associate’s degree, admissions is broken down by program of study. Prospective students interested in auditing a class or attending a class without the desire to earn credit are required to provide admission credentials, even if they do not intend on enrolling formally in school. The audit fee for a course is $10 in addition to the regular tuition costs.

Each student applying to attend Palo Alto College must submit their official transcript from their last school attended, be it high school or college, or their General Education Development transcript, in case of not having a high school diploma. Transfer students must also provide a copy of their official transcript from their current school.

Summer school is a popular option at Palo Alto College, and those interested students need to provide all official transcripts, as well as documents outlining to where the credits will later be transferred. Summer school is split into two separate sessions, known as Session I and Session II.

Financial Aid

A majority of the students attending Palo Alto College receive some form of financial aid, be it through work-study programs, state or federal financial aid, or need and merit based scholarships. While the college has grown in numbers by a significant amount, the need for special attention has not diminished, and the college’s financial aid department is happy to set up appointments to help both prospective and current students.

The college itself offers a number of scholarships, including the Frank M. Tejeda Memorial Scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship, the ACCD Endowed Scholarship, and the ACCD Foundation Scholars. Many of the scholarships are based on financial need, while others are decided on merit alone. The office of financial aid can also assist students in determining if their specific major has its own particular scholarships available as well.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6032nd for the average student loan amount.
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Palo Alto College has a diverse student body from many different backgrounds. Recent incoming applicants represent a diverse student population, with 64 percent of incoming students identifying as Hispanic, 32 percent are Anglo, and 2 percent are African-American. The school’s population is mostly students under 21 years of age, with older students participating in the Continuing Education classes.

In addition to traditional courses on campus, Palo Alto College offers courses off-campus, both at local high schools and at the town’s military areas. One of the most popular programs that students opt to participate in is a dual-credit incentive that allows students to work towards their college credits while in high school. The school reports a high number of students successfully completing their four-year bachelor’s degrees after receiving their associate’s degrees.

Students who attend Palo Alto College have access to child care facilities, as well as career resources for job application and searching assistance. There are a number of different on-campus clubs, both academic and social, as well as learning labs for students who need extra help wit English, math, science, and reading. There is a health center and counseling services, as well as disability support for those students who need extra assistance.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intercollegiate and Women’s Intercollegiate Cross_country
The Palominos are a member of NJCAA.

Information Summary

Ranks 148th in Texas and 2624th 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 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.03
Arrest N/A N/A

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 78224-2499
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population14,200 (14,200 urban / N/A rural)
Households3,928 (3.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,244
Families3,369 (3.83 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

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

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4823

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3303rd 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 20 640 6 2 254 6 935
Accounting 12 6 18
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 8 6 14
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agriculture, General 1 1 2 4
Air Traffic Controller
Airline Flight Attendant
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 1 1
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 5 6
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 1 1 3
Banking and Financial Support Services
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7 2 4 13
Biomedical Sciences, General
Biomedical Technology/Technician
Business Administration and Management, General 2 73 20 96
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
Chemical Technology/Technician
Chemistry, General
Civil Engineering, General 3 1 4
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science 1 1
Computer and Information Sciences, General 33 5 38
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 42 1 15 60
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation 1 1 2
Dance, General 2 1 3
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 63 25 90
Economics, General 2 2
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 1 2
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology 2 2
English Language and Literature, General 2 3 1 1 7
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
Environmental Studies 1 1
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General 7 4 11
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management
Food Science
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 13 2 17
Geology/Earth Science, General 1 1 2
Greenhouse Operations and Management
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 20 5 25
Health and Wellness, General 1 1
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Histologic Technician
History, General 2 1 3
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Information Science/Studies 5 3 8
International Relations and Affairs
Journalism 1 2 3
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 1
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 2 1 1 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 8 178 1 53 241
Library and Archives Assisting 4 1 1 6
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 1 18 12 31
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 20 9 30
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Mathematics, General 2 2
Mechanical Engineering 1 1 2
Music, General
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
Ornamental Horticulture
Petroleum Technology/Technician
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General
Plant Nursery Operations and Management
Political Science and Government, General 1 1
Pre-Dentistry Studies 2 2
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Nursing Studies 31 8 39
Pre-Pharmacy Studies 2 1 3
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychology, General 2 22 15 39
Radio and Television 7 1 8
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 2
Social Work 10 7 17
Sociology 1 3 4
Spanish Language and Literature 7 2 1 10
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 6 1 7
Teacher Assistant/Aide 1 1
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 8 2 12
Turf and Turfgrass Management
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 12 22 2 36
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2290th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,983 ($60,022 male / $46,304 female)
Number of FT Faculty 104 (55 male / 49 female)
Number of PT Faculty 562
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,042,202

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