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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Sat: 8:30am to 2:30pm

Welcome to the New Student Orientation/First Time in College Advising Page!

Do I have to sign-up for a NSO/FTIC ADVISING Session?
Yes. This mandatory session must be completed prior to course registration if this is your first time in college (to include Dual Credit High School graduates as well). Please see sign-up eligibility.

What are the expected outcomes from this session?

Get Acclimated to NVC
Our Orientation staff will introduce you to important resources and services that will help you be successful at NVC. You will also experience your first FTIC Academic Advising session during this time as well.

Register for Classes
After your academic advising session, certified advisors will assist you with registering online during your group advising session. Your bacterial meningitis vaccination documentation must be uploaded through ACES a minimum of 4 business days prior to your advising session to register. (Due to third-party processing, there may be registration delays if not submitted more than 4 business days before your session. It is recommended that you select a later session date if you are unable to meet the submission requirement to guarantee orientation participation).

Pay Tuition and Fees
You will be educated on payment options and deadlines to assist you with securing registered courses. Tuition payment must be made with credit card or check online via your ACES account (Cash only at Bursar’s Office). Payment in full or by installments must be made by the payment deadlines or you will be dropped from your classes.

Who is eligible to attend a NSO/FTIC ADVISING Session?
If you have met the following criteria, please proceed to sign-up for your session:

  • You have applied for the term you wish to attend (Spring, Summer, or Fall) as a First Time in College Student
  • All items in your ACES "Start Here" tab are complete
  • You have valid assessment scores on file (e.g. SAT/ACT, TSI)
  • You have completed the required Refresher Course(s), if applicable.
  • You have uploaded Bacterial Meningitis documentation and received an approved status from Magnus Health (to ensure session participation, we recommend you complete this step at least 4 business days prior to your scheduled session)

If you have not submitted an application for enrollment, please visit AlamoENROLL to begin your enrollment process.

Signing Up, Looking Up, Canceling...

Where do I sign-up for my New Student Orientation session?

Click Here to Sign Up

Where do I go to look up or cancel my registered New Student Orientation session?

Note: If you need to reschedule your orientation date, you MUST first cancel your old session here before signing up for a new date. Otherwise, the system will not allow you to sign up for a new orientation date.

Click Here to Look Up or Cancel Session

High School College Prep Courses

Please Read: Important Information on High School College Prep Courses
If you are currently enrolled or have completed a college prep Math and/or English course at your high school, you must submit an official FINAL high school transcript to Admissions and Records in order to have your placement scores updated. Once you have submitted your FINAL transcript, you must see a walk-in advisor to request updated placement information if needed. Please note it is your responsibility to change your schedule appropriately should your college prep course change your placement status. If you have additional questions about the College Prep course, please contact the Vista Central: Welcome and Admissions Center at 210-486-4125 or

Mandatory Refresher

Please Read: Important Information on Mandatory Refresher
A Refresher Course will be required for students that are placed into development based on their TSI Assessment results. Refresher courses are at no cost and provide a second opportunity to move into a higher developmental course or a college-level course. The required refresher must be done prior to enrolling into the Group Advising and New Student Orientation. Please take this into consideration in order to provide enough time to register for classes before registration deadlines.

Refresher Course enrollment will take place in Cypress Campus Center, room 200 or you may leave a voicemail message for an advisor at 210-486-4753.


Transfer Students

Click Here to learn about our Transfer Student Orientation


Contact Information

Cypress Campus Center (CCC) 126 

Necola Glaze
Sr. Advisor
Last Names A-G

Phone: 210-486-4904

Elizabeth Murray
Sr. Advisor
Last Names H-Q

Phone: 210-486-4669

Valerie Acosta Vasquez
Sr. Advisor
Last Names R-Z

Phone: 210-486-4732

Please view the Recruitment Team page for additional opportunities to connect with us.


Hours of Operation - Spring 2018
(Please note that our computer lab and walk-in advising services will close 30 minutes prior to the end of the day.) 

 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

8 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

1st Saturday of the Month
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

We Look forward to serving you!