Palo Alto College

Palo Alto College

Palo Alto College is situated in San Antonio, Texas. This public college started with 231 students in September of 1985. The college is set on nearly 126 acres of land. Palo Alto College has over 100 staff members and full-time faculty members. PAC's original complex included 11 buildings and 26 classrooms.

The academic degrees and programs offered by the Palo Alto College include associate degrees in arts, science, and applied science, as well as several other certificate programs.

The athletics teams of Palo Alto College are named the Palominos. They are a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The college offers men's and women's intercollegiate cross country, diving, swimming, weightlifting and various other sports teams.

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Palo Alto College
1400 Villaret
San Antonio , TX 78224-2499
General Phone: (210) 921-5000

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Palo Alto College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts268Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, humanities, library assistant, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, economics, ...
Business and Management61business management, logistics, accounting, management science, marketing
Education and Teaching38education, elementary school teaching, teacher ed, physical education teaching, teacher aide
Therapy and Counseling31psychology
Office and Administration30administrative assistant, general office occupations
Medical Support and Technology25health service and sciences, veterinary assistant, pre-pharmacy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine24pre-nursing
Security and Law Enforcement23criminal justice and safety
Media20communication studies
Landscaping and Horticulture20applied horticulture, landscaping, turf management
Computer Science and Engineering12computer and info science, information science
Agricultural Science and Management8agriculture
Medicine8pre-dentistry, pre-med, pre-veterinary
Fine Arts5fine arts
Family and Social Work5social work
Science4biology, chemistry
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy
Engineering2engineering, electrical engineering
Engineering Technician1electromechanical tech
Transportation1commercial pilot and flight crew
Drama and Performing Arts1drama

Number of programs and degrees for Palo Alto College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree55049
Award of less than 1 academic year478

Palo Alto College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Palo Alto College had a total enrollment of 7,662 students (8,500 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 32%
Black 2%
Hispanic 64%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 18%
18-19 22%
20-21 16%
22-24 14%
25-29 11%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Palo Alto College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 72 %

Palo Alto College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of San Antonio, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Palo Alto College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,122
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,762
Books and supplies $ 1,350

Financial Aid:
Palo Alto College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 2341300)

Palo Alto College Faculty

Palo Alto College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2118
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1520

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
Lecturercalendar year9$20,19512$23,324
No academic rankcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year10$21,46813$25,759

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year13$77,2689$73,345
Associate professoracademic year7$78,4808$72,176
Assistant professoracademic year22$68,41117$64,835
Instructoracademic year22$53,61427$56,829
Lectureracademic year1*1*
No academic rankacademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year65$65,93263$62,347

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Palo Alto College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Turf and Turfgrass Management

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Assistant/Technician
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Pre-Nursing Studies

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew

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What Sets Palo Alto College Apart:

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checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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