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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
(210) 486-4513
Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 8:30pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4 pm
Sat: 8:30am - 2:30pm

Acceptable scholastic performance, also known as Good Academic Standing, is based upon a student's progress towards successful course and program completion. Your Academic Standing is determined by both your semester and overall GPAs. Good Standing means that a student has maintained a minimum overall GPA of a 2.0, including developmental courses. Good Standing is affected if your overall GPA falls below 2.0 at any time, which may place you on Probation, and potentially Academic Dismissal. Academic Standing is determined at the end of the fall, spring and summer terms. 

Academic probation and Academic Dismissal are part of a process that could have serious consequences.  Dismissal for scholastic reasons can severely restrict your choices of universities and programs in the future.  If you are on financial aid, veteran’s assistance, or a family health insurance policy, you run the risk of losing the assistance unless you take steps to improve your academic standing. 

The Alamo Colleges policy is to honor the academic standing in place at the last institution you attended. 

Everyone at Northwest Vista College has a sincere desire to help you succeed. We encourage you to review the information and resources on these pages to gain a better understanding of Academic Standing. If you are unsure of your academic standing we recommend that you visit with your academic advisor as soon as possible. Please take advantage of the assistance and guidance that can be provided by your academic advisors and faculty so that you can avoid a more serious situation in the future.


You may not be aware that dismissal for scholastic reasons may severely restrict your choices of universities and programs in the future.  If you are on financial aid, veteran’s assistance, or a family health insurance policy, you run the risk of losing that assistance. Please take advantage of the opportunity for assistance and guidance that can be gained from academic advisors and faculty so you can avoid a more serious situation in the future. 


What is Academic Dismissal?

If students on Academic Probation or Continued Academic Probation at one of the Alamo Colleges do not earn a semester  GPA of 2.0 as well as a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the semester following their probationary status, they will be placed on Academic Dismissal. In accordance with the Alamo College's policy, students placed on Academic Dismissal are required to sit out one full fall or spring semester. Students placed on Academic Dismissal will receive ACES email notification from the Alamo Colleges informing them of their status at the end of the semester.


To learn more about the requirements to be considered for re-admission after an Academic Dismissal, please view the information on the links below:


 Academic Dismissal : First

 Academic Dismissal : Second

 Academic Dismissal : Third & Permanent

 Academic Dismissal : Non-Alamo Colleges

 Academic Dismissal : Strategies for Success modules



Dates for Submitting Academic Dismissal Petitions

Northwest Vista College will begin accepting petitions for the Spring 2016 semester on Monday, November 16th. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor to submit their petition. If a student does not have an assigned advisor, they may schedule an appointment with the Academic Standards team by email at The deadline to submit the application will be January 8th, 2016. Students submitting a petition for a 3rd or Permanent Dismissal must submit their petition packet by email no later than December 14th, 2015. Please understand that once all appointment times and course slots have filled, petitions will not be accepted regardless of the deadline date. Petitions must be completed entirely, or you will be required to reschedule your appointment.



Contact Information

Academic Standards Team:

Advising Hours

NVC Student Success

Hours of Operation

Fall 2015

Walk-In Services are available: 

Mondays 8am-5pm

Thursdays  8am-7pm 

As well as the following Saturdays:

September 5th  9am-1pm

October 3rd 9am-1pm

November 7th 9am- 1pm

December 5th 9am-1pm 

The Sign-in line will close when the Advising Services have met the maximum capacity to serve (advising sessions are full for the day).

Appointments are available Monday - Thursday and select Friday afternoons when scheduled in advance with your assigned advisor. Appointments are not available the same day, they must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance.