Hispanic Outlook Magazine Names  NVC and Two Other Alamo Colleges as Top in the Country

Northwest Vista College was named No. 4 in the country among the Top 25 Community Colleges Granting the Most Associate Degrees to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook (HO) Magazine, which will be published this month.

San Antonio College ranked No. 8 on the Top 25 list; and Palo Alto College ranked No. 6 on Hispanic Outlook’s list that identified the Top 10 Community Colleges with Highest Percentage of Associate Degree Earners who are Hispanic. San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, St. Philip’s College, Palo Alto College and Northeast Lakeview College – are all officially designated as a Hispanic Serving Institutions.

The Top 25 lists was based on various factors including information supplied by the Department of Education, such as: percentage of Hispanics in attendance, total student enrollment, two-year schools awarding the most associate degrees to Hispanics, and percentage of Hispanics awarded associate degrees by two-year schools.

NVC has climbed eight spots since the previous list when it ranked No. 12. The college, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), currently enrolled 16,752 students during the fall semester of 2017. In that semester, NVC’s ethnicity breakdown was 62 percent Hispanic, 24 percent white, seven percent African-American, and 2.9 percent other.

Just recently, the THECB released three-year graduation rates for the 2014 first-time in-college (FTIC) student cohort from community colleges across the state. NVC is a state leader for very large community colleges in Texas (10,000 enrollment or larger) in terms of having the highest graduation rate at 30.32 percent among its peer colleges. Additionally last year, BestCommunityColleges.com ranked NVC No. 1 as the best community college in the state.

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