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Palo Alto College offers a wide variety of associate degrees and certifications to put you on the path to achieving your educational and career goals. Our team is ready to help you!

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We have tailored easy steps for all types of students.

First-Time Students

A student who is a high school or home school graduate or has obtained a GED.

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Former Students

A student who has previously attended the Alamo Colleges District but has not enrolled for more than one year.

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Transfer Students

A student who plans to attend the Alamo Colleges District and completed coursework or is currently enrolled at another college/university.

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Study Online

Online Students

A student earning a degree, certificate, or completing a transfer advising guide online at Alamo Colleges.

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Dual Credit

A student who is currently in high school.

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International Students

A student from abroad studying in the United States.

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Important Dates

  Wintermester 16-week Flex I Spring First 5 Week Start II Spring Second 5 Week Flex II Spring Third 5 Week
Last day to apply for admission Dec. 4, 2023 Jan. 2, 2024 Jan. 2, 2024   Jan. 2, 2024 Jan. 15, 2024 Feb. 5, 2024 Feb. 27, 2024 Mar. 18, 2024
Registration deadline Dec. 17, 2023 Jan. 15, 2024 Jan. 15, 2024 Jan. 15, 2024 Jan. 28, 2024 Feb. 18, 2024 Mar. 18, 2024 Mar. 31, 2024
Census date
(Last day to withdraw without a W on transcript)
Dec. 19, 2023 Jan. 31, 2024 Jan. 23, 2024 Jan. 19, 2024 §§ Feb. 9, 2024 Feb. 22, 2024 Mar. 25, 2024 Apr. 4, 2024
2023 - 2024 Registration Calendar 2023-2024 Payment Calendar


Interested in Short-term Training Opportunities?

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We offer accelerated skills training to help you get started or get ahead in your career. Programs can be completed in a shorter amount of time.

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Free Educational and Job Placement Program

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Land a high-quality, in-demand job with free tuition and career guidance. The Alamo Colleges is an approved training partner of SA Ready to Work.

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Specific Student Populations

Some programs offer a more specified application and enrollment process. Please review the list for an alternative approach to joining the Palo Alto College family.

Disability Support

High School Programs

International Students

Senior Citizens