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About San Antonio College

San Antonio College is a 2-year, public, community college that is one of the five Alamo Colleges; the other four colleges being Northeast Lakeview, Palo Alto, Saint Philip's, and Northwest Vista Colleges. San Antonio College is located in the city of San Antonio, TX. With more than 21,000 credit and 16,000 non-credit students enrolled each semester, San Antonio College is the largest single-campus community college in the state.


San Antonio College offers 30 associate degree programs and over 100 certificate programs. In addition, there are 2 teacher-certification programs available. The most popular associate degree programs in 2010-2011 were liberal arts and registered nursing. Other popular areas were criminal justice, business administration, systems/networking management, and psychology. The most popular certificate programs in 2010-2011 were fire prevention, computer systems security, and criminal justice. Course credit from San Antonio College is meant to be easily transferred, particularly to colleges in Texas, where students might seek a bachelor's degree.


San Antonio College has an open admission policy for high school graduates. Applicants must submit an online application through ApplyTexas and a high school transcript or GED score. Students may submit SAT or ACT scores, but if they do not, they will be required to take the Texas Higher Education Assessment. Students admitted to San Antonio College may take courses at any of the five Alamo Colleges.

Seventy-four percent of students at San Antonio College are studying part-time, while 26% are studying full-time.The ethnic breakdown of students is 53% Hispanic, 35% white, six percent African American, and three percent Asian. Ninety-eight percent of students are from the state of Texas, with one percent of students from other states, and one percent from outside the US. The gender ratio is 59% female to 41% male.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition varies depending on a student's residency status. The rate per semester hour also varies depending on the amount of semester hours taken. A typical full-time credit load of 12-18 credit hours would cost $831-$1,177 for in-district students, $2,216-$3,254 for out-of-district, in-state students, or $4,292-$6,368 for out-of-state students. Some programs have different tuition rates. For an added fee, students may pay their tuition through an installment plan.

The average total expenses per student in 2011-2012 came to $14,201 for district residents, $15,881 for state residents, and $19,241 for residents of other states. In addition, total expenses were significantly less for students who lived with their families while studying at San Antonio College.

San Antonio College offered one percent of its students scholarship aid in 2010-2011. Fifty-five percent of full-time beginning students received Pell grants, with an average received amount of $4,507; 17 percent received state or local aid, with an average award of $1,583. In addition, eight percent of all undergraduate students had federal student loans, with an average loan amount of $5,951.

School Type 2-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate degrees, certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 25,567 per year in 2011**
Student Housing No campus housing**
Departments and Programs 80 departments; 30 associate's degree programs, over 100 certificate programs, 2 teacher certification programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Most popular associate's degree programs in 2010-2011 were liberal arts and sciences (292), registered nursing (221)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who began in 2008, one percent graduated within normal length of program, seven percent within twice the normal time**
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011, 57% of full-time students and 42% of part-time students**
Application Due Date August 25 for 2013-2014***
Tuition (2011-2012) For full-time students in 2010-2011, $1,952 for district residents, $3,632 for state residents, $6,992 for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time students in 2010-2011, federal grants (56%), state or local aid (17%), institutional aid (1%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 64% for full-time students in 2010-2011**

Sources: *San Antonio College, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: San Antonio College, 201 West Sheridan, San Antonio, TX 78204
  • Phone: (210) 485-0000
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