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Admissions and Enrollment Process

Select your student type below to learn more about the admissions and enrollment process, including how to register for classes, or choose a service.



First Time in College Students

Transfer, Former, and Transient Students


Contact an Enrollment Advisor

Early Admissions for High School Students







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210-486-4125  | nvc-admissions@alamo.edu | CCC 126
  • First Time In College Students are classified as:

    • Current high school students about to graduate
    • Students who have already graduated from high school
    • Students with a GED
    • Former dual credit students who have not yet attended college


    Apply as a First Time In College Student


  • Transfer, Former, and Transient student are classified as:

    • Students who have previously attended another college or university
    • Students who have previously attended the Alamo Colleges District but have not been enrollment for more than one year
    • Students seeking to take courses at NVC to be transferred back to their home institution

    Apply as a Transfer Student


Important Dates and Deadlines

Click on each tab below for more information about deadlines and NVC policies.

Semester Options

Application and Registration Deadlines

Click the link below and select the "Registration" calendar for the semester you are interested in applying for. You will be able to view the start and end dates for the Apply Texas application and for self-registration for courses.

Application and Registration Dates

Enrollment Management Period (EMP) Registration (Self-Registration Locked)

What is the Enrollment Management Period (EMP)?
The Enrollment Management Period (EMP) is always the last week before classes begin. During this time, self-registration through ACES is locked, meaning students cannot add or drop classes through ACES.

All schedule changes, either registration for additional classes or dropping classes you have already registered for, MUST be done in-person with the Main Advising Office, located in CCC 108. Schedule changes will NOT be processed over the phone or via email, and all registration is first-come, first-served.

Additionally, students will only have one opportunity to make schedule adjustments during EMP weeks.

Self-registration will open back up through ACES on the first day of classes. Students will only be able to register for courses that have not yet had their first meeting.

Example: A student registering on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. cannot register for a MW class that started at 8:00 a.m., but they can still register for a MW class that meets at 3 p.m.

New Transfer students to the Alamo Colleges and returning students who have been away from school for more than one year may still visit Vista Central prior to registering if they need to see a Certified Academic Advisor to help select their courses.

To Register For Classes During EMP:

  1. Students should look up their Course Registration Numbers (CRNS) through ACES prior to arriving on campus.

  2. Students should have a backup plan of other courses they would like to register for if the class they want is full by the time they arrive.

  3. Students must be prepared to pay for classes the day they register to prevent being dropped for non-payment.

  4. Students will visit the Records Office after looking up their CRNs to register. This is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, but students can sign in online ahead of time to reduce their wait time. Click here to sign in, and select the line for "Late Registration."
Payment Deadlines

Students who do not pay for their courses by the payment deadline will be dropped for non-payment.

Students may choose to pay for their classes all in one installment or sign up for a payment plan.

Students using Financial Aid should verify that their financial aid checklist has been completed through their ACES account.

For more information about how to pay your tuition, signing up for a payment plan, or payment deadlines, visit the Business Office.

After the initial payment due date has passed, payment arrangements are due at registration. Purge for non-payment will run on the Sunday night following registration.

Click the link below and click on the "Registration and Payment Deadlines" calendar for the semester you are enrolling for.

Payment and Payment Plan Deadlines

First Day of Classes

Click on the link below and select the "Academic Calendar" for the semester you are applying for.

Please note that Northwest Vista College offers multiple start dates throughout the semesters, so be sure to look at the correct term.

Fall and Spring Terms: 16 week courses, Flex I, and Flex II
Summer Terms: Maymester, Summer I, Summer II, and Summer 8

First Day of Classes


Helpful Resources

Here are some helpful resources you may need as you complete your enrollment steps.

  • Students who do not pay for their classes on time will be dropped from courses!

    Students who are paying out of pocket will have the option to either pay their tuition in full up front or divide their balance into installments. There is a $25 setup fee for installment plans.

    Students paying in cash will pay in person at the Business Office, located on the first floor of the Cypress Campus Center. Students paying with a credit or debit card, or an electronic check, will pay online through their ACES account.

    Visit the Business Office's website to learn more about:

    • Tuition and fees
    • Payment plans
    • How to pay your tuition

    Visit the Business Office website

  • All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

    Visit the Financial Aid Office's website to learn more about:

    • Submitting a FAFSA
    • Processing time line and process
    • Financial aid refunds
    • Different types of aid
    • Financial aid resources


    Visit the Financial Aid website

  • Visit the Military and Veterans Resources page to learn more about:

    • Tuition Assistance
    • Veterans Benefits
    • MyCAA

     Veterans Benefits Application Process

    Visit the Military Resources Page

  • Eligible students may receive special accommodations in the classroom and for their placement testing.

    Accommodations may include:

    • Use of a recording device
    • A volunteer note-taker
    • A reader or scribe
    • And more


    Visit the Access Office website

  • After you've registered for your classes, you'll need to get your textbooks. NVC's bookstore is conveniently located on campus and offers students the options to purchase textbooks brand new or used, rent textbooks, or buy digital versions.

    To determine which textbooks you need, visit the Bookstore's website, click on "Books," and enter in your Student ID number. You'll be given a list of each book you need for every class you have registered for, all in one convenient location.


    Visit the NVC Bookstore's website



Vista Central: Welcome & Admissions Center

Northwest Vista offers guided campus tours for individuals and their families as well as groups, schools, and organizations. We also host open house events for additional opportunities to get to know our campus.

The Vista Central: Welcome & Admissions Center also provides support to students who need assistance completing their enrollment steps. Whether you need to use a computer, or whether you just have questions about the process, Vista Central is the place to go.

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