First Year Experience



What We Do

The First Year Experience Team understands that a student’s first year of college is a time to build, develop, and discover. We provide resources and programming to guide you on your path to success. Our year begins with Tiger Nation Family Day, an official induction to the St. Philip’s College Tiger Family, and concludes with an End of First Year Banquet, a time for students to celebrate the completion of their first year in college and all of their accomplishments.

New, first-time in college students seeking additional support can apply to participate in the First Year Experience Program which offers one-on-one guidance, peer mentoring, exclusive academic success workshops, and a one day summer bridge.  

The application process begins with the interest form below:

Interest Form

Please do not hestitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information. 

Katherine Valdez, Coordinator of Student Success - FYE | (210)486-2113

Semester Options Before You Register


Fall (Regular) = 16 weeks AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC
Start II = 14 weeks SEPT OCT NOV DEC
Fall Flex I = 8 weeks AUG SEPT OCT
Fall Flex II = 8 weeks OCT NOV DEC
Wintermester = 3 weeks DEC


Spring (Regular) = 16 weeks JAN FEB MAR APR MAY
Spring Start II = 14 weeks FEB MAR APR MAY
Spring Flex I = 8 weeks JAN FEB MAR
Spring Flex II = 8 weeks MAR APR MAY
Maymester = 3 weeks MAY


Summer (Regular) = 10 weeks JUNE JULY AUG 
Summer I = 5 weeks JUNE JULY
Summer I = 8 weeks MAY JUNE JULY
Summer II = 5 weeks JULY AUG
Summer II = 8 weeks JUNE JULY AUG
Summer III = 8 weeks JUNE JULY AUG
Maymester = 3 weeks MAY

Tiger Nation Family Day

It is a tradition at SPC for new students and their families to visit the campus before the first day of class for Tiger Nation Family Day. It is designed to introduce students to college leadership, highlight college programs, and services, motivate students to make a successful transition to college life, and orient students to the campus. 

Fall 2024 Tiger Nation Family Day will be held on August 24, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Student Testimonials

Hours of Operation and Calendar of Upcoming Events

Hours of Operations and Calendar of Upcoming Events

Hours of Operation 
Monday - Friday | 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM             
Summer Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Drop by CWN 114 on the MLK Campus if you have any questions or would like some tips to help you during your first year at SPC. I'm also on the at the library at our SWC. Please send me an email if you would like to schedule a meeting. 

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Download the Alamo Colleges District App Today!

The Alamo Colleges District app keeps students informed, connected, and up-to-date with easy access to student account information and resources at all five colleges.


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Scholarship Opportunities:


Get a Campus Job

There are many benefits to having a campus job, including a schedule that accommodates your classes and building relationships with faculty, staff, and other students. Please complete the application at the following link:

Student Employment Opportunities

Video Resources


Peer Mentors

Want to talk to someone who is currently in your shoes? Please feel free to reach out to one of our Peer Mentors for support. Our Peer Mentors are students just like you who are here to support you in your journey and help answer questions. As they are currently attending SPC, they can give you some helpful insights and tips for success.

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    Joaquin Flores


    Chris Sauceda



Helpful Information

Tips for Success from Students Tips for Success from Faculty All Access Pass Student Handbook Tiger Terms


FYE End of Year Banquet

Congratulations to all our FYE students on nearing the end of your first year in college! We celebrated this milestone by hosting a banquet in their honor.

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AlamoPROMISE Student Highlight

Do you know an outstanding AlamoPROMISE Scholar? Nominate them to be recognized as the AlamoPROMISE Student of the Month at one of our Board of Trustees Meetings. 

Student Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled as an SPC Promise student
  • Must be in good standing with the Colleges on all levels (academic and conduct)
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA

Nomination Form