San Antonio College (SAC) is a two-year community college offering programs for associate's degrees, certificates for vocational or career training, continuing education, as well as college transfer study programs. SAC offers an excellent faculty and flexible scheduling to help a variety of students meet their educational needs. Flexible scheduling is available through day and evening classes, weekend classes, Internet courses, tele-courses, and off-campus classes.
San Antonio College is one of five Alamo Colleges serving Bexar County and the surrounding area. The Alamo Colleges are Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College and Northeast Lakeview College.
San Antonio College was founded in 1925 as the "University Junior College" as part of the University of Texas. Control of the college was later transferred to the San Antonio Independent School District. At that point its name was changed to "San Antonio Junior College."
In 1945, a newly formed San Antonio Junior College District assumed control of San Antonio Junior College and St. Philip's Junior College. In 1951, a renamed "San Antonio College" moved to its present site at San Pedro Avenue in San Antonio. The college gained accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1955. In the 1960s, the college developed into a comprehensive community college, adding occupational, technical and continuing education courses to its curriculum.
The San Antonio Junior College District became the Alamo Community College District in 1982, and was later referred to as "Alamo Colleges."
The academic calendar for San Antonio College follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters, a short "Maymester," and a few short summer sessions.
Colleges and Schools
Academic units at San Antonio College are divided into departments, rather than into colleges and schools. The academic departments at San Antonio College include:
- Arts and Sciences
- Professional and Technical Education
- Continuing Education and Workforce Development
- Distance Education
- Internet Courses
- Off-Campus Courses
There are many student clubs and organizations available for involvement at San Antonio College, and the Office of Student Life (OSL) also organizes many events and activities for students hoping to connect with others. Some of the many student organizations on campus include the Astronomy Club, Black Student Alliance, Catholic Student Association, Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA), the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES), and many recreational sports teams, among others.
The Loftin Student Center houses the school cafeteria, many vendor outlets, and rooms that are available to rent for an event or activity.
The SAC school colors are red and white, and the school mascot is the ranger.
The SAC sports program provides all student-athletes with an opportunity for sports competition. All student-athletes who wish to try out for a team must be enrolled at SAC in 9 credit hours, must be in good standing, and carry a 2.0 GPA. San Antonio College is part of the South Texas Club Sports League (STCSL). SAC "rangers" athletic teams include:
In addition to its San Antonio Campus, the district of Alamo Colleges offers the following satellite campuses and locations:
- St. Philip's College Southwest Campus
- Advanced Technology Center
- St. Philip's College Military Base Locations
- Palo Alto College Off-Campus Locations
- Northwest Vista College at Data Point
- Central Texas Technology Center, New Braunfels, TX
- Alamo Colleges Community Education Centers
- Westside Workforce Education and Training Center
- Greater Kerrville - Alamo Colleges Center
The SAC Office of Student Engagement provides many opportunities for students to assist the community through service learning initiatives. San Antonio College strives to instill civic responsibility in its students, faculty and staff, while also helping the surrounding communities. The service areas of San Antonio College include Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr and Wilson counties.
The SAC offers community access to its Koehler Cultural Center, Scobee Planetarium, theatre events, music events and visual arts gallery. SAC's home, San Antonio, is a good area for exploring history and art, with lots of restaurants, recreation and entertainment. The San Antonio River Walk offers access to good restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues. There are three fall music festivals in the area, many theme and water parks, the San Antonio Zoo, King William Historic District, and more.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $2,000-$2,400
- Out-of-State: $11,000-$12,790
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $67-$80 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $360-$430 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||68%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||65%||$4,970|
|Receiving Student Loans||6%||$4,862|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, San Antonio College may offer services including:
- Online course work available
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Helping students find work after graduation
- Day care for children
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how this school compares against other community colleges in Bexar County and community colleges in Texas as a whole.
|San Antonio College||Bexar County||Texas|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1961)
- Dental Laboratory Technician Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2005)
- English Language Program
- Accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (since 2015)
- Funeral Service Education Program
- Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 1963)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1975)
- Compare all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Texas
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by San Antonio College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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