Early Admissions Program

Students

What Is Early Admissions?

The Early Admissions program is designed for current high school students who want to get a jump start on their future and complete college coursework while still in high school. Participating in the Early Admissions program allows students to earn credits that will apply to their future college degree plan, which can shorten their time to graduation in college, saving time and money.

Note: Students cannot participate in Dual Credit and Early Admissions during the same semester. However, Dual Credit students can apply for Early Admissions during the semesters when they are not actively enrolled in high school courses.

As part of the admissions process, students will be asked to select which courses they would like to take with NVC. Students can view the NVC core curriculum classes and course descriptions below to to help them determine the courses they would like to take. 

NVC Core Curriculum Course Descriptions

 

 Requirements, Application Process, and Next Steps

  • In order to be eligible for High School Early Admissions, students must meet the following requirements:

    • Students must have completed their sophomore year of high school or the home-school equivalent.

    • Students must not be active dual credit students, as students cannot participate and dual credit and early admissions in the same semester.

    • The maximum combined class load must not exceed eighteen (18) semester credit hours, counting each high school course as equivalent to one three-credit hour course.

    • Re-enrollment in subsequent semesters requires a grade of "C" or better in all college-level courses.

    • Students must meet with an advisor each semester prior to registration.

    • Official transcripts will not be released until the NVC Records Office receives the student's official high school transcript affixed with the graduation date, appropriate seals, and signatures.
  • 1. Complete and submit an ApplyTexas application
    Select "Early Admissions" as the admissions type. Please allow 4-5 business days for the application to process.

    Submit Your ApplyTexas Application

     

    2. Complete and submit the Early Admissions Recommendation And Parent Consent Form
    The consent form must be signed by a parent and by a counselor, teacher, or principal from the student's high school. Email the completed form to the Vista Central: Welcome & Admissions Center at nvc-admissions@alamo.edu.

    Download the Early Admissions Recommendation & Parent Consent Form

     

    3. Comply with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Requirements.
    Students must meet college-level requirements for the courses they wish to enroll in. Students can test at their high school or at NVC's Testing Office.

    All students will need to complete the GoFAARR module in their ACES account prior to taking the TSI. Students who test at NVC will also need to complete the Test Prep module, a practice test designed to prepare students for the actual TSI.

    Students who need help obtaining their ACES login information may contact Vista Central at 210-486-4125, email us at nvc-admissions@alamo.edu, or visit our office in person in the Cypress Campus Center (CCC) in Room 126.

    View TSI hours, availability, and score requirements

     

    4. Submit official high school transcripts
    Submit an official copy of your high school transcript to NVC.Transcripts must reflect the high school courses the student will be enrolled in during the semester they wish to complete Early Admissions Courses.

    Example: If students are applying for Early Admissions during their fall semester of their junior year, the transcript they submit must reflect the courses they will be enrolled in during their junior year.

    You may submit transcripts electronically, via mail, or by hand-delivering them.

    By Mail: Electronically or Via Email: Hand-Delivered:

    Northwest Vista College
    Attn: Transcripts
    3535 N. Ellison Dr.
    San Antonio, TX 78251

    Schools can send electronic PDF transcripts to NVC through a secure server such as Parchment, ESCRIPT-SAFE, or National Student Clearinghouse and Transcripts.

    Email:
    nvc-records@alamo.edu
    Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope. Opened transcripts will not be accepted.

    Deliver transcripts to the Vista Central: Welcome & Admissions Center or the Records Office.

    Vista Central: CCC 126
    Records: CCC 100

    Note: Home-school transcripts must be notarized.

  • Once all items have been submitted and processed, the application packet will be reviewed and decisions will be made within a week.

    Students will be contacted via email or phone to provide them with a status update, so please be sure to include updated contact information on your application.

    If admitted, students will be notified of their next steps, which will include:

    • Uploading bacterial meningitis documentation

    • Meeting with a Certified Academic Advisor

    • Registering for classes

     

    The Alamo Colleges District does not guarantee that college credits earned through the Early Admissions program will satisfy a student's high school requirements. Students should check with their high school to verify if credit can be used to satisfy their requirements.

    No person shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of race, age, color, gender, nationality, religion, or disability at the Alamo Colleges District.