Future Students

Whether you are a first-time college student, transferring to Palo Alto College, or returning to college after some time off, Palo Alto College believes a first-rate education should be accessible to anyone. Our team is ready to help you get your start! We offer a wide variety of associate degrees and certifications to put you on the path to achieving your educational and career goals.

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 Apply Now Enrollment Steps




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“Starting my journey here at Palo Alto College as a wife and mother of three, I have been able to prove that it is never too late to make your dreams come true! With the guidance and support of the professors, advisors, and other staff, as well as the tools and wisdom they have helped me gain as a student, we get to watch my childhood dream become my reality! What an amazing feeling!”

Susie, music student and an aspiring singer



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Admissions and Aid

Whether you need more information about the enrollment process, how to pay for college, testing, our team is ready to help you with all of your admissions and aid questions! We also offer support for specific student populations, such as disability support, high school programs, international students, veterans, and more.

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Steps to enrollment

Students can apply to Palo Alto College at any time throughout the year. Prior to registering for classes, students must complete the steps to enroll.

How to enroll

Paying for College

We are committed to providing you with information and assistance to secure the financial resources that will help you reach your educational goals. about tuition and fees, financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans.

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