Northwest Vista College

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Northwest Vista College

Northwest Vista College is a two-year, associate degree granting community college located San Antonio, Texas. It belongs to the Alamo Community College District and is considered by many inside academia to be one of the most prestigious community colleges in the country. Northwest has an open admissions policy.

As of 2013, Northwest Vista has a total annual enrollment just over 14,500 students. The college was founded in 1995 and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, as well as Certificates. It is also accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

The Norwest Vista campus is made up of several buildings and student service centers. Buildings include Mountain Laurel Hall, Manzanillo Hall, Huisache Hall, Pecan Hall, Texas Persimmon Physical Plant, Boardwalk, Juniper Hall, Redbud Learning Center, Live Oak Hall, Cypress Campus Center, and Palmetto Fine and Performing Arts Center.


Northwest Vista offers two-year associate degrees and certificates of completion in various academic fields and career-oriented disciplines. For students set on pursuing career opportunities following graduation, Northwest Vista also offers the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

Many students who complete associate degrees at Northwest Vista end up transfering to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. In fact, the college has articulation agreements with several universities in the region, including Texas State University´┐ŻSan Marcos, University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of the Incarnate Word. Student who graduate from Northwest Vista in good standing with an acceptable GPA are guaranteed admission to these and a few other 4-year higher education institutions in Texas. These agreements also ensure the students’ credits transfer as well, and are applied towards their bachelor’s degree.

General Information

Admission Office

3535 North Ellison Drive

San Antonio, TX 78251-4217

(210) 486-4700

Fax: (210) 486-4170

Contact: Elaine Lang

Director of Enrollment Services
Main Address

3535 North Ellison Drive

San Antonio, TX 78251-4217

(210) 486-4000

Total undergrads: 11,961

Degree-seeking undergrads: 11,961


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Admissions Policies/Requirements

Not reported

College Majors

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management A
Customer Service Support C

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric A
Digital Communications/Multimedia C
Journalism A
Mass Communications/Media Studies A

Communications Technologies

Communications Technologies – General A,C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A,C
Computer Programming – General A,C
Computer Science A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A


Education – General A

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General A
Speech/Rhetorical Studies A

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Services – General A
Pharmacy Assistance C


History – General A

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General A

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Behavioral Sciences A

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences A
Health/Physical Fitness A

Physical Sciences

Chemistry A


Psychology – General A

Public Administration & Services

Social Work A

Science Technologies

Biology Technician A

Social Sciences

Economics A
Political Science/Government A
Social Sciences – General A
Sociology A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northwest Vista College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (210) 486-4000
Type of School: 2-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 3535 N. Ellison Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 18,010
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 31 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 12,773 (71% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $6,690
Out-of-state Tuition: $14,220
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 74%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,069

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Northwest Vista College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northwest Vista College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 35
Education 2
Engineering 2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 32
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 310
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 3
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Science Technologies/Technicians 1
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 26
Grand total 1753

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northwest Vista College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,690
Out-of-state $14,220
Books and supplies $1,674

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 964 74%
Grant or scholarship aid 947 72% $4,069
Student loan aid 73 6% $4,127

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 5,791 36% $3,865
Federal student loans 783 5% $5,256

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northwest Vista College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northwest Vista College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northwest Vista College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 18,010
Undergraduate enrollment 18,010
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northwest Vista College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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