Palo Alto College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$2,580

22.4% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$6,795

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

10.7%

Default Rate

2017 Enrolled Students

9,368

22% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

25.6%

127 Graduates

About

Palo Alto College is a higher education institution located in Bexar County, TX. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Palo Alto College were .

In 2017, 1,483 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Palo Alto College. 66.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were hispanic or latino (1,141 degrees), 4.19 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (272 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Palo Alto College is $2,580, which is $-4,834 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Palo Alto College is $2,580, which is $-4,834 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,795.

In 2017, 37% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 4% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$2,580

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Palo Alto College was $2,580. The cost of tuition at Palo Alto College is $-4,834 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

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Average Net Price

$6,795

2017 Value

4.84%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Palo Alto College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,795. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Palo Alto College grew by 4.84%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,368

Room and Board

$2,078

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Palo Alto College was of $8,368 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,078. The cost of room and board increased by 0.144% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 0.193% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

37%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

4%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

37% of undergraduate students at Palo Alto College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 37% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

This chart compares the average award discount at Palo Alto College (in red) with that of other similar universities.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

10.7%

2016 Default Rate

34

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Palo Alto College was 10.7%, which represents 34 out of the 317 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Palo Alto College has a total enrollment of 9,368 students. The full-time enrollment at Palo Alto College is 2,059 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,309. This means that 22% of students enrolled at Palo Alto College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Palo Alto College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 78.4% Hispanic or Latino, 15.3% White, 2.59% Black or African American, 1.47% Two or More Races, 0.769% Asian, 0.213% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0747% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Palo Alto College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority Hispanic or Latino Female (52%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (33.9%) and White Female (6.41%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

22%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Palo Alto College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,368 students. The full-time enrollment at Palo Alto College is 2,059 and the part-time enrollment is 7,309. This means that 22% of students enrolled at Palo Alto College are enrolled full-time compared with 36% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

62%

2017 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 62%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), Palo Alto College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    7,341

  2. White

    1,431

  3. Black or African American

    243

The enrolled student population at Palo Alto College is 78.4% Hispanic or Latino, 15.3% White, 2.59% Black or African American, 1.47% Two or More Races, 0.769% Asian, 0.213% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0747% 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 45.9% White, 25.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% 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, 110 students (1.17%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 483 more women than men received degrees from Palo Alto College. The majority of degree recipients at Palo Alto College are hispanic or latino (1,141 degrees awarded). There were 4.19 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (272 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Palo Alto College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

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 (478 degrees awarded), Agriculture (26 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees).

Workforce

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 (1,929,435 people), Secondary school teachers (312,774 people), Education administrators (269,961 people), Other managers (159,961 people), and Police officers (134,219 people).

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (478 degrees awarded), Agriculture (26 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), Education (138 degrees), and Protective Services (67 degrees).

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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, Dentists, Physicians, Geoscientists and hydrologists, except geographers, and Information security analysts

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (478 degrees awarded), Agriculture (26 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), Education (138 degrees), and Protective Services (67 degrees).

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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 (2,825,056 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (351,562 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (286,408 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (186,767 people), and Construction (105,600 people).

The most specialized majors at Palo Alto College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (478 degrees awarded), Agriculture (26 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (42 degrees), Education (138 degrees), and Protective Services (67 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Palo Alto College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 500

  2. 983

In 2017, 500 degrees were awarded to men at Palo Alto College, which is 0.509 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (983).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 158 degrees were awarded to men at Palo Alto College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.518 times less than the 305 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 305 degrees were awarded to women at Palo Alto College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.93 times more than the 158 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

10%

100% Completion Time

25%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 10% of students graduating from Palo Alto College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 25% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 33% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Two or More Races Female

Highest Graduation Rate (66.7%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Palo Alto College is Female and Two or More Races (66.7% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.36% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    1,141 degrees awarded

  2. White

    272 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    44 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Palo Alto College is hispanic or latino (1,141 degrees awarded). There were 4.19 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (272 degrees).

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

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. Hispanic or Latino Female

    769 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Male

    372 degrees awarded

  3. White Female

    173 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Palo Alto College is hispanic or latino female (769 degrees awarded). There were 2.07 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (372 degrees).

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Operations

Palo Alto College has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.45k (N/A%), compared to the 2.22% average return ($81.1k on $3.66M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2017, Palo Alto College had a total salary expenditure of $N/A. Palo Alto College employs 41 Instructors, 27 Professors, and 22 Assistant professors. Most academics at Palo Alto College are Female Instructors (24), Male Instructors(17), and Male Professors (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 103 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 33 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 14 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A

2017 Endowment

0%

growth from 2016

Palo Alto College has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Palo Alto College stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $N/A approximately the same as than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.39M - Federal

  2. $39.3k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Palo Alto College received $1.39M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $39.3k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$21.3M

2017 Salaries

7.21%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Palo Alto College paid a median of $21.3M in salaries, which represents N/A% of their overall expenditure ($N/A) and a 7.21% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.78% decline from 2015 and a 0.755% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 14.9M (41.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$6.76M

Instructional Salaries

105

Number of Employees

In 2017, Palo Alto College paid a total of $6.76M to 105 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.16M (26%) for similar Associates Colleges: High Transfer-High Nontraditional.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor

Most Common Instructor

41 Employees

Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

103 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Palo Alto College were Instructor with 41 employees; Professor with 27 employees; and Professor with 22 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Palo Alto College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 103 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 33 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 14 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Instructor

  2. Male Instructor

  3. Male Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Palo Alto College was Female Instructor with 24 employees, Male Instructor with 17 employees, and Male Professor with 14 employees.

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

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