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We offer what you need to achieve success. Come explore and find out why so many students have decided to call one of the colleges in the Alamo Colleges District the pathway to their future.

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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 4:30pm
Fri: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Thank you for your interest in Attending Northwest Vista College! Below you will find the enrollment steps and other helpful information for First Time In College Students.

The Vista Central: Welcome and Admissions center is always here to assist you with any questions, and we have a computer lab where students can come to complete their enrollment steps.

Click here to view hours and services for Vista Central.  

Helpful Tips

  • The enrollment process can take 5-6 weeks from completion of an application to registration/orientation.
  • All enrollment steps (including Orientation and Advising) must be completed before August 20, 2018 if you want to register for classes that begin on August 27, 2018.

First Time In College Student Admissions and Enrollment 


Download the enrollment checklist above, or click on each item below to view more information about each enrollment step. Contact Vista Central with any questions.


Explore Your Pre-Major And NVC's Institutes

All programs of study at NVC are grouped into five institutes that match students’ areas of interest with career goals, giving them a clear path to the career they have in mind. It’s designed to help students take control of planning for their future. When students submit their application to NVC, they will be asked to select an institute and a pre-major. It is best best to explore your pre-major and NVC's Institutes before you apply. Once you apply, we can help you identify your math pathway.
Click here to explore the NVC Institutes and Career Options.

Complete and Submit Application for Admission

All students will submit an application through ApplyTexas. Please allow five business days for processing. Once your application is processed, you will receive two emails – a confirmation from ApplyTexas and an email from NVC with instructions on accessing your student portal called ACES.
Click here to submit your ApplyTexas application.

Submit All Official High School Transcripts/GED Scores

First Time in College students who are still in high school will submit one official transcript at the time of application that includes six complete semesters. They will also submit a final official transcript after graduation that reflects their graduation date.

First Time In College students who have already graduated from high school will submit one official final transcript that reflects their graduation date.

GED graduates must submit their test scores report issued by the state where the test was taken and passed.

Home school transcripts must be notarized.

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and translated from any company listed at The original foreign transcript must accompany the evaluated document.

Students may submit official transcripts three ways:

  • In Person: Hand-deliver transcripts to the Records and Residency Office in CCC 100 or at Vista Central. Transcripts MUST be in a sealed envelope. Open transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Electronically: Schools can send electronic PDF transcripts to NVC through a secure server such as Parchment, ESCRIPT-SAFE, or National Student Clearinghouse and Transcripts using email address

  • By Mail: Mail sealed official transcripts to NVC at 3535 N. Ellison Dr., San Antonio, TX 78251. Please mark transcripts “ATTN: Records and Transcripts.” 

Log In To Your ACES Account

After you have received your email from NVC that contains your ACES username, you will need to log in to your ACES account. You may also obtain your username by visiting the ACES website and clicking on “Get My ACES Username.” Follow the instructions for the default password to log in for the first time. For technical assistance, contact the Help Desk at 210-485-0555.


 Click here to log in to your ACES account.

Activate Your AlamoNAVIGATE Checklist

Click on the "Start Here" tab and then click on "AlamoNAVIGATE" to access your checklist for enrollment. This personalized checklist will help you track your next steps and show all the items needed for your enrollment with Northwest Vista College.

Complete the Go FAARR and Test Prep Modules

The Go FAARR module is required for all new students, and the Test Prep module is required for all students who are required to take the TSI placement test. Students who are not required to take the TSI may skip the Test Prep module. After you activate your AlamoNAVIGATE checklist, click "complete Go FAARR and Test Prep Modules" on your MyPath.

Click on “Enroll” and then “Incomplete” to access and complete the modules. Please note that the modules may not be compatible with all smartphones or tablets and may need to be completed on a desktop computer.

Upload Bacterial Meningitis Documentation (Students Under 22)

In AlamoNavigate, select "Turn In Shot Records" and click on the "Secure Site" link to upload your documents.There is a $10 processing fee. Please allow three business days for processing. Students taking only online classes may submit a waiver form in person at the Records Office.

 Click here for more information on Bacterial Meningitis compliance.  

Take the TSI College-Readiness Test (If Applicable)

Take the TSI assessment exam to determine your placement into college-level English and Math courses.

Students may be exempted from the TSI with qualifying scores or documents, which may include SAT/ACT scores; AP, Dual Credit, or CLEP credits; college prep courses completed in high school; or qualifying previous college English and Math courses.

Visit AlamoNAVIGATE and click on "Take Your Placement Test" for information on hours, exemptions, and frequently asked questions.

College Prep Courses: For students taking college prep courses in high school, these classes cannot be used to exempt you from placement testing until we have received the final high school transcript. Please speak with the Testing Office for questions.

Click here to visit the NVC Testing and Assessment Office website.   

Complete Math or English Refresher Courses (If Applicable)

Students who take the TSI and do not place at college level will be required to take a refresher course before registering for classes. Refresher courses are offered at no charge but save time and money and offer the opportunity to move into higher level courses.

Visit the Readiness Center to schedule your refresher course. AlamoNAVIGATE will display your scores and more information on scheduling a refresher course.  The Readiness Center is Located in the Cypress Campus Center (CCC) Room 200.

Sign Up For New Student Orientation and Registration

FTiC students will register for classes at New Student Orientation (NSO). Once all enrollment steps are complete, visit AlamoNAVIGATE and click "Sign up for NSO."

Click here to sign up for New Student Orientation.

Contact Information

Cypress Campus Center (CCC) 126

Necola Glaze
Sr. Advisor
Last Names A-G

Phone: 210-486-4904

Elizabeth Murray
Sr. Advisor
Last Names H-Q

Phone: 210-486-4669

Valerie Acosta Vasquez
Sr. Advisor
Last Names R-Z

Phone: 210-486-4732

Please view the Recruitment Team page for additional opportunities to connect with us.


Hours of Operation - Summer 2018
(Please note that our computer lab and walk-in advising services will close 30 minutes prior to the end of the day.) 

 Monday - Thursday
 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  


We Look forward to serving you!