Palo Alto College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,970
2022 Average Net Price
$5,218
After Financial Aid
2022 Enrolled Students
10,641
19% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
25.6%
243 Graduates

About

Palo Alto College is a higher education institution located in Bexar County, TX. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Palo Alto College were General Studies (1,114 degrees awarded), Early Childhood Education & Teaching (99 degrees), and Hospital & Health Care Facilities Management (31 degrees).

In 2022, 1,637 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Palo Alto College. 69.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 30.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (1,383 degrees), 7.99 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (173 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Palo Alto College is $2,970, which is $−5,142 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Palo Alto College is $2,970, which is $−5,142 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $5,218.

In 2022, 30% of undergraduate students attending Palo Alto College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 2% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$2,970
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Palo Alto College was $2,970. The cost of tuition at Palo Alto College is $−5,142 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$5,218
2022 Value
5.39%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Palo Alto College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $5,218. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Palo Alto College grew by 5.39%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,996
Room and Board
$1,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Palo Alto College was of $8,996 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 0.469% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,000. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

30%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
2%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

30% of undergraduate students at Palo Alto College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 11.8% with respect to 2021, when 34% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Enrollment

Palo Alto College had a total enrollment of 10,641 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Palo Alto College is 2,026 students and the part-time enrollment is 8,615. This means that 19% of students enrolled at Palo Alto College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Palo Alto College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77.4% Hispanic or Latino, 13% White, 4.45% Black or African American, 2.03% Two or More Races, 1.2% Asian, 0.179% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0658% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Palo Alto College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (55.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (32.3%) and White Female (4.79%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

19%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Palo Alto College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,641 students. The full-time enrollment at Palo Alto College is 2,026 and the part-time enrollment is 8,615. This means that 19% of students enrolled at Palo Alto College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

36%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Palo Alto College was 36%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Palo Alto College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    8,232 enrolled students
  2. White
    1,386 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    474 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Palo Alto College is 77.4% Hispanic or Latino, 13% White, 4.45% Black or African American, 2.03% Two or More Races, 1.2% Asian, 0.179% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0658% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 177 students (1.66%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 625 more women than men received degrees from Palo Alto College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Palo Alto College is hispanic or latino (1,383 degrees awarded). There were 7.99 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (173 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Palo Alto College is General Studies (1,114 degrees awarded), followed by Early Childhood Education & Teaching (99 degrees) and Hospital & Health Care Facilities Management (31 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Palo Alto College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,124 degrees awarded), Personal & Culinary Services (63 degrees), and Education (107 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palo Alto College are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,575,708 people), Software developers (575,873 people), Secondary school teachers (447,740 people), Education administrators (254,015 people), and Other managers (213,182 people).

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto College in 2022 are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,124 degrees awarded), Personal & Culinary Services (63 degrees), Education (107 degrees), Engineering Technologies (20 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (56 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palo Alto College are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Chief executives & legislators, Skincare specialists, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,124 degrees awarded), Personal & Culinary Services (63 degrees), Education (107 degrees), Engineering Technologies (20 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (56 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Palo Alto College are Elementary & secondary schools (2,754,014 people), Computer Systems Design (631,984 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (296,883 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (170,846 people), and Insurance carriers (119,642 people).

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,124 degrees awarded), Personal & Culinary Services (63 degrees), Education (107 degrees), Engineering Technologies (20 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (56 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Palo Alto College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 1,114 degrees awarded
  2. 99 degrees awarded
  3. 31 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Palo Alto College was General Studies with 1,114 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

506
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,131
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 506 degrees were awarded to men at Palo Alto College, which is 0.447 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,131).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 353 degrees were awarded to men at Palo Alto College in General Studies, which is 0.464 times less than the 761 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 761 degrees were awarded to men at Palo Alto College in General Studies, which is 2.16 times more than the 353 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

16%
100% Completion Time
33%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 16% of students graduating from Palo Alto College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 33% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 40% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Palo Alto College is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    1,383 degrees awarded
  2. White
    173 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    59 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Palo Alto College is hispanic or latino (1,383 degrees awarded). There were 7.99 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (173 degrees).

0% of degree recipients (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    971 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    412 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    113 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Palo Alto College is hispanic or latino female (971 degrees awarded). There were 2.36 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (412 degrees).

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Operations

Palo Alto College employs 49 Instructors, 25 Professors and 23 Assistant professors. Most academics at Palo Alto College are Female Instructor (28), Male Instructor (21), and Female Professor (14).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palo Alto College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 98 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 30 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 22 employees.

Salary Expenditure

$25.7M
2022 Salaries
5.54%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Palo Alto College paid a median of $25.7M in salaries, a 5.54% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$7.58M
Instructional Salaries
112
Number of Employees

In 2022, Palo Alto College paid a total of $7.58M to 112 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
49 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
98 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Palo Alto College were Instructor with 49 employees, Professor with 25 employees, and Assistant professor with 23 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palo Alto College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 98 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 30 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 22 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor
  3. Female Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Palo Alto College was Female Instructor with 28 employees, Male Instructor with 21 employees, and Female Professor with 14 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Palo Alto College.

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