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
Address:3535 N. Ellison Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:16,793
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:29 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:12,767 (76% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$5,824
Out-of-state Tuition:$11,274
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:61%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,792

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Northwest Vista College Programs

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services86
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields43
English Language and Literature/Letters2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs58
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities3
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies21
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Science Technologies/Technicians1
Social Sciences3
Visual and Performing Arts27
Grand total2554

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$2,078

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid79761%
Grant or scholarship aid72155%$4,792
Student loan aid927%$4,939

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid5,05630%$4,093
Federal student loans9766%$5,541

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.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

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 2017

Total Enrollment16,793
Undergraduate enrollment16,793
Graduate enrollment0

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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