The University of Texas at San Antonio established an Honors Program in 1986. Its mission was to provide enhanced educational opportunities for selected students in pursuit of excellence in undergraduate education. The program's philosophy was premised on the notion that well-educated individuals should understand broad, interdisciplinary perspectives while demonstrating expertise in their chosen field. In the Fall 2002 the Honors Program was reframed into an Honors College with an expanded role to include undergraduate research, international programs, increased fellowship and internship opportunities and a Bachelor's of Arts in Honors Studies. Participation has grown from a total of 22 members in fall 1990 to over 700 students today.
The Honors College's mission, vision, and core values statements reflect the purpose of our College (Mission), what we aspire to be (Vision), and the guiding principles that we will use to reach our goals (Core Values).
The mission of the Honors College is to recruit and enrich the educational opportunities of academically talented, curious, motivated, and diverse students through an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes opportunities for research, service, and leadership.
The vision of the Honors College is to be a nationally recognized leader in attracting highly talented and motivated students and to provide through excellence in its undergraduate programs and initiatives an avenue for them to affect the state, the nation, and the world.
The core values of the Honors College are: honesty, opportunity, nurturance, originality, respect, and success.