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Northwest Vista College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Northwest Vista College

Northwest Vista College is a 2-year college located in San Antonio, Texas. The school was established in 1995 with an enrollment of 12 students and is now the academic home to more than 15,000 students. Northwest Vista is part of the Alamo Colleges district, a system comprised of 5 community colleges serving the Bexar County community.


Northwest Vista College offers associate degree programs, certificate programs and continuing adult education as well as achievement awards. The 2-year degrees make up the bulk of the school's offerings, consisting of 31 Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science programs in topics ranging from dance to nanotechnology. Northwest Vista's 19 certificate programs focus on various computer, health and science subjects, and its 9 Marketable Skills Achievement Awards programs cover computer languages and applications.

Students can choose from daytime or evening classes, and the school also offers online learning options. To accommodate the schedules of working students, semesters come in 3-, 8- or 16-week formats.


Individuals interested in attending Northwest Vista College or any of the other 4 Alamo Colleges schools must apply online through the ApplyTexas application. Required transcripts must be mailed or hand delivered directly to the school. This school has an open admissions policy; however, students must submit SAT or ACT scores to help the school determine eligibility for specific courses. Those who do not have SAT or ACT scores must sit for the Texas Higher Education Assessment. It generally takes 4 business days for the school to process an admission application.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs vary based on residency status and number of units being taken. As of Fall 2012, the tuition for 1-6 units was $480 for in-district residents, $1,172 for other Texas residents and $2,210 for out-of-state residents. Each subsequent credit increased in cost by $57-$58 for in-district residents, $173-$178 for other Texas residents and $346-$352 for out-of-state residents. Students also paid an activity fee of $1 per credit.

Most financial aid for Northwest Vista College students comes in the form governmental grants and loans. The college participates in the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loan and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant programs as well as Texas grant and scholarship programs. Additionally, Northwest Vista has its own scholarship program that offers awards based on need and merit. Work study programs are also available. Individuals who are deaf or blind can apply for tuition waivers, as can qualified veterans and their dependents.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Associate, certificate*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural*
Student Body (as of Fall 2011) 16,067 (all undergraduate)*
Student Housing None available*
Schools and Programs 1 school with 50 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 22 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Certificate: Computer systems networking and telecommunications (107)
Associate: Liberal arts and sciences (379)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who began in Fall 2007:
3% in normal time
15% in 150% of normal time
20% in twice the normal time*
Admission Rate Open admissions**
Entering Class Size 2,857 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 62% of full-time students and 45% of part-time students (2010-2011)*
Tuition (2011-2012) $1,952 for district residents, $3,632 for other state residents, $6,992 for non-state-residents (estimated cost for full-time undergrads; includes fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of First-Year, Full-Time Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (46%), state/local government grants or scholarships (15%), student loan aid (9%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 55% of beginning full-time undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Northwest Vista College, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Cypress Campus Center (CCC-100), 3535 N. Ellison Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78251
  • Phone: (210) 486-4700
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