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IPEDS ID: 246354
OPE ID: 02341300
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Palo Alto College
1400 W Villaret Blvd, San Antonio, Texas 78224-2499
General information:  (210) 486-3000
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  8,427 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  19 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty110452
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,900$1,900$1,900$1,9965.1%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$7,552$7,552$7,642$8,0365.2%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Off Campus$13,778$14,201$14,377$17,28420.2%
Off Campus with Family$6,226$6,649$6,735$9,24837.3%
Off Campus$15,062$15,881$17,839$20,74616.3%
Off Campus with Family$7,510$8,329$10,197$12,71024.6%
Off Campus$17,630$19,241$23,161$26,06812.6%
Off Campus with Family$10,078$11,689$15,519$18,03216.2%
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Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid125274%————
Grant or scholarship aid24271%$1,104,888$4,566
Federal grants20861%$930,614$4,474
Pell grants20861%$918,881$4,418
Other federal grants226%$11,733$533
State/local government grant or scholarships7923%$119,025$1,507
Institutional grants or scholarships4212%$55,249$1,315
Student loan aid113%$41,952$3,814
Federal student loans113%$41,952$3,814
Other student loans00%$0
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,12536%$12,637,469$4,044
Pell grants2,75332%$10,678,324$3,879
Federal student loans3364%$1,989,018$5,920
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$3,596$3,862$4,373
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$2,728$3,539$3,416
$30,001 – $48,000$4,045$3,858$4,573
$48,001 – $75,000$6,099$5,368$6,642
$75,001 – $110,000$9,003$9,032
$110,001 and more
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)8,427
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment444
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 17%
Part-time: 83%Student Gender:
Male: 40%
Female: 60%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 69%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 22%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 70%
25 and over: 30%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 99%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 30%
Enrolled in some distance education: 16%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 54%
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 59%
Part-time students: 42%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 23 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 13%
Transfer-out rate: 17%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 10%
Female: 15%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 0%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
White: 13%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2009 or Fall 2010, by Time to Completion
Within "Normal time" for the program: 4%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 9%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 13%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations000
Agriculture, General--4
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General4-2
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management0--
Food Science000
Greenhouse Operations and Management--0
Landscaping and Groundskeeping4--
Ornamental Horticulture--0
Plant Nursery Operations and Management--0
Turf and Turfgrass Management-00
Category total806
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies--0d
Category total--0d
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General--13d
Biomedical Sciences, General--0
Category total--13d
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General8d-6d
Banking and Financial Support Services000
Business Administration and Management, General15d-81d
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry--0
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation2d--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies--0
Finance, General--0
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services17d--
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management18d-13d
Management Science--0
Marketing/Marketing Management, General--30
Category total60d0148d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Mass Communication/Media Studies--0
Radio and Television--8d
Speech Communication and Rhetoric--7d
Category total--18d
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General24d-14d
Computer Programming/Programmer, General--0
Computer Science--1d
Information Science/Studies--8
Category total24d-23d
Early Childhood Education and Teaching--90d
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching--0
Teacher Assistant/Aide0-1
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels--12d
Category total0-103d
Civil Engineering, General--4d
Electrical and Electronics Engineering--2
Mechanical Engineering--2
Category total--8d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Biomedical Technology/Technician-0-
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology--2
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology000
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician000
Petroleum Technology/Technician000
Category total002
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General--7d
Category total--7d
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General--0
Spanish Language and Literature--10d
Category total--10d
Health Professions and Related Programs
Health and Wellness, General--1
Histologic Technician--0
Pre-Dentistry Studies--2
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies--0
Pre-Nursing Studies--39d
Pre-Pharmacy Studies--3
Pre-Veterinary Studies--0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--2
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant18-18d
Category total18-65d
History, General--3d
Category total--3d
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies--60d
Category total--60d
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies--0d
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--241d
Category total--241d
Library Science
Library and Archives Assisting--6
Category total--6
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General--2d
Category total--2d
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies--1
Category total--1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General--25d
Kinesiology and Exercise Science--1
Category total--26d
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total--0
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General--0
Geology/Earth Science, General--2d
Physics, General--0
Category total--2d
Psychology, General--39d
Category total--39d
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work--17d
Category total--17d
Science Technologies/Technicians
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician--0
Chemical Technology/Technician--0
Category total--0
Social Sciences
Economics, General--2d
International Relations and Affairs--0
Political Science and Government, General--1d
Category total--7d
Transportation and Materials Moving
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General--0d
Air Traffic Controller--0d
Airline Flight Attendant-0-
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew0-1d
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations--3d
Category total004d
Visual and Performing Arts
Dance, General--3d
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General--0
Fine/Studio Arts, General--11d
Music, General--0d
Visual and Performing Arts, General--0
Category total--14d
Grand total1100825
2006-2007 Varsity Athletes
NJCAA Division III MenWomen
Swimming and Diving23
Track and Field, X-Country54
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1987 -  Accredited
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations101
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible010
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault101
Motor vehicle theft138
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate18.3%15.9%
Number in default6665
Number in repayment360407
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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