One of the Best Colleges
February 2, 2019
Northwest Vista College was recently ranked among the top 20 community colleges for 2019 in Texas by BestColleges.com. On that same list, NVC ranked No. 2 for 2018, No. 1 for 2017 and again No. 2 for 2016. On a separate list, NVC placed No. 3 among the best community colleges in Texas, and No. 41 nationally out of 851 colleges by Niche 2018 Best Community Colleges in Texas.
On the BestColleges.com list, four colleges of the Alamo Colleges District came in among the top 20 community colleges in Texas. Palo Alto College ranked No. 3, San Antonio College was No. 15, and St. Philip’s College was No. 19. The Alamo Colleges District is the only community college system in Texas to have four colleges in the top rankings.
The BestColleges.com ranking is based on key performance indicators like acceptance, retention, graduation, enrollment rates and loan default percentages as a measure of graduates’ success. The data comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics. It includes the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator.
The Alamo Colleges District has seen a 244% increase in degrees and certificates awarded from FY 2005-06 to FY 2016-17. This record-setting progress in student completion is on track to exceed the state’s goals for increasing the number of residents with at least an associate degree or certificate. More than 80,000 students enroll at the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District annually to earn associate degrees or certifications or to earn credits that transfer to universities where they can complete a bachelor’s degree or higher.
"Our regularly updated collection of college rankings keep students informed about what schools across the country have to offer in terms of top-rated academics and student lifestyle. From degree programs to campus amenities, we do the research on what matters,” said Stephanie Snider, general manager at BestColleges.com.
“These four colleges are certainly leading colleges within these parameters and even offer an open-door admissions policy, which greatly extends higher education opportunities to prospective students. In this way, they truly are paving a way for greater academics and higher education opportunity in Texas.”