First time in college

Welcome to the Alamo Colleges!

Attending classes in person may be the preference for many first-time college students, but it may not be a convenient option for you. Our five Alamo Colleges make getting a degree 100% online possible—on your time, anywhere!

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Being a first-time student at any college can feel overwhelming. To ensure a smooth transition into your new role as a fully online student, AlamoONLINE has a team of dedicated Enrollment Coaches who can:

  • Help you start the application process.
  • Guide you through registration for fully online courses.
  • Connect you with an advisor.
  • Refer you to services available to online students.

Get started today!

To speak with an Enrollment Coach, complete this form.

Steps for applying to the Alamo Colleges

If you prefer to get started on your own with the application process, follow these step-by-step instructions for first-time-in-college students.

Start your college application today!

STEP 1: Find your online program.

Start your application process by visiting the search online offerings to view the various fully online programs and other offerings available at our five Alamo Colleges. Once you find an online offering, make a note of the College and the AlamoINSTITUTE, then proceed to the next step.

STEP 2: Apply for admission.

Submit your application for admission at www.applytexas.org for one of our Alamo Colleges—Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College, and San Antonio College.

If you plan to attend fully online, please respond ‘YES’ on page 5 to “Online Courses Only?”.

For step-by-step instructions, use the AlamoENROLL—Ready, Set, Apply! guide. Please allow 5 days for processing.

STEP 3: Get help paying for college.

Step 3: Get help paying for college

Submit your Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. For more information, visit our Financial Aid webpage.

For information about scholarships, visit our Alamo Colleges Foundation.

For military-affiliated students
Our five Alamo Colleges have a dedicated Veterans Affairs department designated to help you navigate the array of benefits unique to your military-affiliated status. For more information, contact your College's VA department.

Northeast Lakeview College

Northwest Vista College

Palo Alto College

St. Philip's College

San Antonio College

STEP 4: Submit transcripts and documents.

To be admitted into one of our Alamo Colleges, you will need to send your unopened, official transcripts or have your previous institution submit your official transcript electronically. For a complete list of addresses and electronic options, click on SUBMITTING A TRANSCRIPT.

High school seniors

Submit an official transcript with your test scores and graduation date following graduation.

Home school students

Submit a notarized transcript of your high school equivalent work and graduation date.

GED graduates outside the US

Submit your official GED certificate with scores from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Once you get your Next Steps email, you can:

STEP 5: Log in to ACES.

Once you receive your Next Steps email, you can log in to ACES.

ACES is the online center for all your student information. You will be able to register for classes, review your financial aid, and pay your tuition. To log in, visit aces.alamo.edu.

You can find the login instructions on the ACES login page. If you have issues, please contact the helpdesk using the numbers listed on the ACES login page.

STEP 6: Activate AlamoNAVIGATE!

AlamoNAVIGATE is not available to Dual Credit, Early College High School, or Alamo Academies students.

AlamoNAVIGATE is your personalized event path that displays specific to-dos for registration. After you log in to ACES, click the "Start Here" tab to access AlamoNAVIGATE and begin following your path.


Activate AlamoNAVIGATE Today!

Download the Navigate app at iTunes or Google Play.

AlamoNAVIGATE is not available to Dual Credit, Early College High School, or Alamo Academies students.

STEP 7: Submit proof of bacterial meningitis.

All students, age 22 and younger, must submit proof of the bacterial meningitis vaccination. Students enrolled fully online are exempt and must complete a waiver for an exemption each semester.

To submit documentation, visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Turn in Shot Record.”

STEP 8: Complete the Go FAARR and test prep modules.

All students entering one of our Alamo Colleges must complete the Go FAARR module. In AlamoNAVIGATE select “Complete Go FAARR Module.”

To get ready for your TSI placement test, select “Complete Test Prep” in AlamoNAVIGATE.

STEP 9: Take your placement test and refreshers, if required.

Take your TSI placement test to determine your placement in college-level math and writing.

To schedule your TSI at one of our Alamo Colleges, visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select the event path “Take your Placement Test.”

Depending on your TSI test results, you may be required to take refresher courses.

Multiple Measures

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You can use more than one criteria to be placed into college-level courses at our five Alamo Colleges.

Learn More

Step 10: Complete New Student Orientation (NSO) and meet with a Certified Advisor before registering for courses.

To schedule your NSO session, visit your College’s NSO webpage:

Northeast Lakeview College

Northwest Vista College

Palo Alto College

St. Philip’s College

San Antonio College

All new and transfer students are required to attend NSO.

Step 11: Meet with a Certified Advisor before registering.

Log in to AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Meet with an advisor before registering” for advising information at your college.

All new and transfer students are required to attend advising.

STEP 12: Pay your bill.

To reserve your courses and avoid being dropped, you can pay your tuition before the deadlines with the following options:

  • Make a full payment
  • Apply for Financial Aid
  • Set up an installment plan

For more information on available payment options, visit AlamoNAVIGATE and select “Pay your bill.”

For military-affiliated students
All five Alamo Colleges have a dedicated Veterans Affairs department to ensure you receive the maximum amount of education benefit entitlement possible while still earning the online degree you want. For more information, contact your college's VA department.

Northeast Lakeview College

Northwest Vista College

Palo Alto College

St. Philip's College

San Antonio College

STEP 13: Start smart.

Your first day and the first week of classes provide you with the tools to succeed for the rest of the semester. Attend class and become an active learner in your courses. This effort will benefit your grades and advance your goals. 

To avoid getting dropped from your course, attend the first day of class.

Need help registering for classes?

Contact your Alamo Colleges' advisor

To schedule a web conference, phone call, or face-to-face appointment with your college advisor, follow these steps.

  1. Log into AlamoNAVIGATE via
    ACES Portal
  2. Select “Schedule an appointment” under the Appointment tab.

For more information, visit your College’s advising webpage.

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Northeast Lakeview College

Northwest Vista College

Palo Alto College

San Antonio College

St. Philip's College

Important Dates

Here are a few important upcoming dates to consider so you don't miss out on the courses you need to continue your online learning journey!

Fall 2021

  Fall 16 Week Fall Flex I Fall Start Two Fall Flex II
Application Deadline Aug. 2 Aug. 2 Aug. 24 Oct. 4
Registration deadline Aug. 21 by 2 p.m. Aug. 21 by 2 p.m. Aug. 31 Oct. 12
Classes begin Aug. 23 Aug. 23 Sept. 7 Oct. 18
Classes end Dec. 11 Oct. 16 Dec. 11 Dec. 11

For a full list of dates, visit Academic/Registration Calendars

For more information

Contact an Enrollment Coach, today!

Enrollment Coaches are here to help you get started with the application process and to guide you through registration for fully online courses this upcoming semester. We can also connect you to an advisor, as well as refer you to services available to online students.

Don't delay, call (210) 485-0110 or email AlamoONLINE@alamo.edu, today!

Frequently Asked Questions

About AlamoONLINE

AlamoONLINE represents the range of opportunities for students pursuing degrees, certificates, or other offerings delivered 100% online from Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, and St. Philip’s College.

At our Alamo Colleges, a 100% online degree, certificate, other offering, or Transfer Advising Guide (TAG) has all courses offered fully online and does not require students to come on campus or to an external site except for required proctored exams or to participate in a clinical, internship, cooperative education, or practicum site.