- Academic Advising
- Academic Technology
- Air Force ROTC Program
- AlcoholEdu Program
- Alumni Association
- Army ROTC Program
- Business Auxiliary Services
- Campus Dining
- Campus Housing
- Campus Recreation
- Career Center
- Child Development Center
- Community Outreach
- Core Curriculum and Quality Enhancement Plan
- Counseling Services
- Downtown Special Events Office
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Services
- Enrollment Services Center
- Extended Education
- Financial Aid
- First-Year Experience Program
- Graduate School
- Housing and Residence Life
- Information Technology
- International Programs
- Lost and Found
- Orientation and Family Programs
- P-20 Initiatives
- Parking, Transportation and Shuttle Service
- Prefreshman Engineering Program
- Research at UTSA
- Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Scholarship Programs
- Student Activities
- Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion
- Student Computing
- Student Disability Services
- Student Health Services
- Student Leadership Development
- Student Life
- Student Printing on Campus
- Student Services Office
- Teach for Texas Financial Assistance Program
- Testing Services
- Tomás Rivera Center
- Undergraduate Studies Support and Technology Services
- University Center
- University College
- University Health Professions Office
- The University of Texas System Online Consortium
- Veterans Assistance
- Welcome Centers
- Writing Program
The University College directs the activities of several areas at UTSA, including:
- Academic Advising
- Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
- Army Reserve Officer Training Corps
- Institute for Law and Public Affairs
- Testing Services
- Tomás Rivera Center
- Undergraduate Studies Support and Technology Services
- University Health Professions Office
- Writing Program
- Office of Core Curriculum and Quality Enhancement Plan
- First-Year Experience Program
The College also serves as the academic home for the Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Public Health, and oversees the coordination of UTSA’s undergraduate curriculum and UTSA’s undergraduate academic policies and procedures.
Beginning Fall 2014, all freshmen will be admitted to the university as members of the University College. The goals of the First-Year Experience are to ease the transition of freshmen from high school to college and to enhance the academic success of freshmen in order to place them on track toward a four-year graduation at the end of the freshman year.
UTSA views sound academic advising as a significant responsibility in educating its students. Employing developmental advising principles, UTSA academic advisors offer academic advising and guidance to empower students to realize their full potential. For this reason, each student is assigned to a particular professional academic advisor whom he or she may consult on all academic and curricular issues.
Many individuals within the UTSA community contribute to the advising process, including faculty mentors and professional staff academic advisors. Students are encouraged to develop mentoring relationships with faculty for additional information and support.
Students are ultimately responsible for knowing and meeting degree requirements, for enrolling in appropriate courses to ensure orderly and timely completion of their degree programs, and for following the rules and policies of UTSA as found in the catalog, the current UTSA Information Bulletin, and the online schedule of classes. Each professional advisor sees students concerning all matters related to their academic status, such as progress toward degree completion, graduation status, academic warning, academic probation, academic dismissal, and changing majors. Students who are on academic warning or academic probation for the first time or who are reinstated after academic dismissal or with a Texas Success Initiative (TSI) deficiency are required to be advised, and holds are placed on their registration records to ensure that the student meets with the advisor. Students may also be required to meet with an advisor to obtain approval to register for restricted courses.
Frequent advisor contact provides students with current academic information and promotes progress toward educational goals. All students, regardless of classification or major, accepted into the Honors College are advised through the Honors College.
Students may need to consult with advisors in the Athletics program, secondary teacher certification, or Health Professions Office if they are student-athletes, are seeking teacher certification at the secondary level, or are pursuing a career in the health professions.
All UTSA undergraduates are required to meet with their academic advisors no later than the first semester of their sophomore year and develop filed degree plans showing semester-by-semester course selections and expected graduation dates. A registration hold will be placed on the records of each undergraduate who has earned 45 or more semester credit hours and has not met with an advisor and filed a degree plan with an anticipated graduation date. Undergraduates are expected to meet with their advisors regularly to update their filed degree plans to ensure timely progress toward graduation.
In addition, students are required to meet with their academic advisors to complete a pre-graduation degree audit before they meet 90 semester credit hours. The pre-graduation audit is intended to inform the student about which courses are still needed to graduate, ensure that all courses needed for graduation are included in the student’s filed degree plan, and identify required prerequisites which are missing and whether scheduling accommodations are necessary. Holds may be placed on the records of each undergraduate who has earned 90 or more semester credit hours but has not completed a pre-graduation degree audit.
Undergraduates are urged to monitor their progress toward their degrees by using the online degree evaluation system available through ASAP (Automated Student Access Program). Degree Works is the degree auditing/checking system within Banner. Students are able to run a degree evaluation in the Student Services area of ASAP.
The Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is a voluntary program open to all qualified students, male and female. It trains students to become United States Air Force officers while completing their college degree. The program options offered through AFROTC combine traditional college education with military instruction. The General Military Course (GMC) option gives students an opportunity to participate in the AFROTC program, without initial commitment for military service. During the GMC trial period, students can compete for admission to the Professional Officer Course (POC). Participation in the POC program gives students an opportunity to be commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. In this program, participants pursue a baccalaureate degree in one of the disciplines offered by UTSA and complete additional requirements for AFROTC. The AFROTC program requirements are described in detail in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.
All students in Air Force ROTC are issued books and uniforms for use in ROTC classes. In addition, all POC students enlisted in the Air Force Reserve receive a monthly subsistence allowance. Cadets may apply for Air Force ROTC scholarships. Three-and-a-half-, three-, two-and-a-half-, and two-year scholarships are available on a competitive basis to cadets who meet the basic minimum requirements of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average, be a U.S. citizen, passing a physical fitness test, and passing a Department of Defense physical. For further information, contact the AFROTC office at 210-458-4624. Walk-ins are also welcome on the first floor of the Plaza Norte Building (PNB), Room 1.220.
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program gives students the opportunity to obtain a commission as an officer in the United States Army. The program offers the option of completing either a four-year program or a two-year program in Military Science while pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines offered by UTSA. Students who may want to try military science without incurring a military commitment can register for the first- and second-year courses in Military Science. The requirements for the Army ROTC program are described in detail in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.
The Army ROTC program offers competitive scholarships for up to four years to select students. These scholarships provide tuition, fees, book allowance and a monthly subsistence allowance. In addition, students enrolled in Army ROTC courses are furnished, free of charge, complete uniforms, texts, and necessary equipment. For further information, contact the Army ROTC office at (210) 458-5607.
This office provides administrative oversight and support for the implementation and assessment of the University’s Core Curriculum and Quality Enhancement Plan (CCQEP). It is responsible for the coordination of the on-going development, implementation, and evaluation of UTSA’s core curriculum. The office works with the academic departments, the colleges, the Faculty Senate, and the Dean of the University College to facilitate the implementation, review, and revisions of both the Core Curriculum and the QEP.
The University College at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) offers students the opportunity to realize their potential for academic success by becoming involved in the comprehensive First Year Experience Program. Beginning Fall 2014, all freshmen are admitted into UTSA through the University College and participate in a comprehensive First Year Experience Program designed to help transition from high school to college.
In UTSA’s First Year Experience Program students will:
- participate in a peer mentor program;
- complete Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (AIS 1203), a course designed to introduce students to the general scholarship practices within three broad academic cultures;
- complete University Peer Mentorship (UPM 1000), a course designed to help students explore UTSA’s academic and social resources, select an appropriate major, and learn college success strategies; and
- have the opportunity to enroll in linked courses.
For additional information contact the First-Year Experience Program office at (210) 458-7490 or visit www.utsa.edu/fye.
Institute for Law and Public Affairs
The Institute for Law and Public Affairs (ILPA) implements the Summer Law School Preparation Academy (SLSPA) to enhance pre-law educational opportunities and increase the number of Texas students who gain admission to and excel in high-quality law schools. The Institute’s SLSPA was designed and executed as collaboration between UTSA and The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Incorporating the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) preparation into the program, the SLSPA encompasses 12 hours of coursework designed to hone the reading and writing skills students need to successfully gain admission to and succeed in their legal education. Students apply for Phase I of the SLSPA as sophomores and attend the academy during the summer between their sophomore and junior years. Students enroll in Phase II during the summer after their junior year and before their senior year. In each phase, students attend six hours of specially designed academic hours of law school preparatory classes. Students completing 12 hours during Phases I and II earn the ILPA’s Certificate in Legal Reasoning. Admission to the SLSPA is competitive.
ILPA traditionally receives annual grants to take students to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) events and law school recruitment conventions, and hosts approximately 100 law school admission representatives at the UTSA Law School Fair. The Institute’s pre-law advisor, recognized by the LSAC, provides information concerning legal education and counsels and assists students on the law school application process. For more information about the ILPA’s programs, call (210) 458-2990 or visit the ILPA Web site at http://utsa.edu/ilpa/.
Main Campus location: MS 1.01.04; (210) 458-4125
Downtown Campus location: BV 1.302; (210) 458-2941
The Office of Testing Services provides University-wide testing services for UTSA current, graduated and prospective students as well as faculty and community members. The Office provides both national and institutional testing for the purposes of admission, placement, and course credit. The following tests are offered:
CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
DSST (DANTES Standardized Subject Test)
FACT (Financial Accounting Competency Test)
IS 1403 Test-Out Series
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying)
PACE (Principles of Accounting Competency Exam)
TExES (Texas Examinations of Educator Standards) PBT & iBT
THEA QT(Texas Higher Education Assessment Quick Test)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
ACCUPLACER is a Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam which is computer based and administered to admitted UTSA students only, who are not exempt from the TSI state law by their ACT, SAT or TAKS scores. Students who have already begun remediation in a content area at this institution or any other institution may not take the ACCUPLACER. ACCUPLACER may only be taken once every thirty days.
The national ACT and ACT Residual examinations are given for the purpose of admission. While the national ACT is given only six times a year, the ACT Residual is given at the Downtown Campus just prior to every admission deadline for students who have submitted an application to UTSA but have missed the national dates. ACT Residual test scores are only good at UTSA. Information on the national ACT, which can be used at any college or university, can be found by visiting www.act.org.
Taking and passing the Chemistry Placement exam is a prerequisite to enrolling in General Chemistry (CHE 1103). The Chemistry Placement exam may be taken only once every two years. Students who achieve the appropriate cutoff score and meet the math prerequisite requirement can register for the General Chemistry course. If the cutoff score is not reached, the student may enroll in Basic Chemistry (CHE 1073) but not General Chemistry.
CLEP testing gives students the opportunity to gain course credit by examination and covers many of the core courses in a student’s graduation track. Visit http://utsa.edu/testing/clep.html for the current list of courses available. CLEP tests are administered by computer at both the Main and Downtown campuses. Advanced registration and payment is required through the Testing Services Web site http://utsa.edu/testing/. Study suggestions are available through the College Board’s Web site at www.collegeboard.com/CLEP/.
Correspondence testing is offered September through April to students who are taking courses at other universities and are required to have their examinations proctored at a testing facility. The Office of Testing Services must be contacted at least three weeks prior to any proposed examination date. All fees must be paid by check or money order at time of test session. No correspondence exam times are offered in the summer months. Certification exams do not fall under the correspondence service. Correspondence exams must be part of a college course to qualify.
DSST (DANTES Standardized Subject Test)
UTSA currently administers and awards course credit for several of these exams. Visit http://utsa.edu/testing/Dantes.html for a list of courses for credit as well as test location and registration information.
FACT (Financial Accounting Competency Test)
Testing Services administers the FACT for the Finance Department. Passing the FACT exam is a prerequisite to registering for FIN 3023 Intermediate Corporate Finance. Further information from the Finance Department can be found by visiting the following Web site: http://business.utsa.edu/finance/fin_factexamdates.aspx. Students register for a FACT test session through ASAP at the Testing Services link.
IS 1403 is a Test-out Series offered through the Testing Services offices for the College of Business. Students use this four-month test-out series instead of registering for the course to earn credit. An access code must be purchased and installed on the student’s personal computer. Before testing can begin, the student must complete a disclaimer at the Testing Services office. Specific information regarding this process can be found on the Office of Testing Services’ Web site: http://utsa.edu/testing/.
LSAT testing is administered to students seeking admission to law school. LSAT registration is available online at www.lsac.org.
All students who wish to enroll in their first college mathematics course at the level of college algebra are REQUIRED to take a math placement test unless the student met a TSI exemption or the required score for the math section of an approved TSI examination. Students who wish to enroll in precalculus/calculus must take an advanced math placement examination unless they have met the prerequisite course(s). Test registration is done through ASAP.
PACE (Principles of Accounting Competency Exam)
Testing Services administers the PACE for the Accounting Department. Passing the PACE exam is a prerequisite to registering for ACC 3023 Intermediate Accounting I. Further information from the Accounting Department can be found by visiting the following Web site: http://business.utsa.edu/accounting/acc_competency_exam.aspx. Students register for a PACE test session through ASAP at the Testing Services link.
The Offices of Testing Services administers the Practice TExES exam for the College of Education and Human Development, TExES & Student Teaching office. All inquiries regarding test dates, prep classes and test scores should be directed to the TExES & Student Teaching office. Registration for a test session is done through ASAP.
TExES is administered to students seeking teacher certification in special content areas. Certain TExES exams are administered by computer in the Testing Services offices at both the Main and Downtown campuses. Students who have obtained a barcode from Teacher Certification may register for a test session at the following Web site: www.texes.ets.org.
THEA Quick Test is offered once a month at the Downtown Campus. Advanced registration and payment is required through the Testing Services Web site http://utsa.edu/testing/.
TOEFL testing is administered by computer at both Testing Services locations according to the schedule established by ETS and Prometric. TOEFL schedule and registration information can be accessed at www.ets.org/toefl/.
Visit the Testing Services Web site for information on the following tests not given at UTSA:
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
The GMAT is required of students who wish to pursue graduate work in business. The GMAT is administered through Prometric. Students interested in registering for the GMAT examination should call 1-800-717-GMAT (4628) or visit www.mba.com.
GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
The GRE is required of students who wish to pursue graduate work in any area other than business. Students interested in registering for a GRE examination should visit the ETS Web site at www.ets.org/gre/.
The Tomás Rivera Center (TRC) is a comprehensive academic support center for students. Services offered at the TRC include:
- Learning assistance such as academic coaching and study skills workshops;
- Supplemental Instruction (SI) to accompany difficult core curriculum courses;
- Tutoring services in numerous subjects in a group or individual setting.
These programs include the Downtown Campus ACE Scholars Program, which provides scholarships and support for recipients. Any student in academic difficulty is invited to visit the TRC, located at the Multidisciplinary Sciences Building, room 1.02.02, at the Main Campus or in the Durango Building, room 2.114, at the Downtown Campus, for personalized help.
As an extension of the University College, the Office of Undergraduate Studies Support and Technology Services (USSTS) provides support to all UTSA undergraduate students and the academic advising community that serves them with educational and technical services for achieving academic and professional goals. Two support programs are housed within this office: academic advising for Special Undergraduates and the National Student Exchange Program. In addition, the office provides coordination and support of the transfer articulation processes between UTSA departments and community colleges, and coordinates academic advising activities across the UTSA campuses.
UTSA is a member of the National Student Exchange (NSE) program, which is the only comprehensive student exchange program in the United States and now includes partners in Canada. The NSE program provides opportunities for undergraduates with 30 or more earned credit hours and a minimum grade point average of 2.5 to study for a semester or up to one calendar year at another NSE (non-Texas) institution. With more than 175 institutions located in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and five Canadian provinces, students can continue to enhance their academic progress, broaden life experiences, and explore institutions for possible graduate school opportunities at the same cost as UTSA tuition. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies Support and Technology Services for application information and deadlines.
The University Health Professions Office (UHPO) provides advising and support to students interested in pursuing careers in the health professions. This includes academic preparation at the undergraduate level, as well as information about health careers, application procedures, and entrance exams. UTSA offers courses that fulfill entrance requirements in most health professions fields, including Medicine and Dentistry, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Podiatry, Chiropractic, and Optometry.Several dual-degree programs exist as opportunities for students to gain early admission to programs in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant studies, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Admission to professional schools is highly competitive and involves a separate application process. Admission to UTSA does not guarantee admission into health professions programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
Students are encouraged to seek advice and consult with the UHPO advising staff early in their college career. The UHPO is located at the Main Campus (Multidisciplinary Studies Building, room 3.02.10). For more information about the UHPO, including the appointment schedule, call (210) 458-5185, or visit the Web site at http://utsa.edu/healthprofessions/.
The faculty and staff of the Writing Program are committed to helping students further develop their writing skills through its writing courses. The Program offers Freshman Composition I and Freshman Composition II, as part of the University’s core curriculum; Integrated Reading and Writing, to help students satisfy the TSI requirement for reading and writing; and Writing Strategies for Pre-Law. The Writing Program also directs the Judith G. Gardner Center for Writing Excellence, a comprehensive writing center providing writing tutors at two different locations, one on the Main Campus, JPL 2.01.12D, and one at the Downtown Campus, FS 4.432. The Center tutors can assist UTSA undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff with their writing projects through either face-to-face or online tutoring. UTSA community members can either make an appointment online or walk in for assistance. The Center also provides other writing resources, such as the computer lab (JPL 2.01.12C) and workshops on academic writing. For further information about the Writing Program, visit http://utsa.edu/twp/ or call (210) 458-5340.
For further information about The Writing Center, visit http://utsa.edu/twc or call (210) 458-6096.
The Office of ESL Services provides ESL classes for students who speak English as a second language. During orientation for incoming students, ESL Services conducts the English Language Assessment Procedure (ELAP) for international students with Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores between 500 and 600. Those students requiring further English support are placed in English for International Students (EIS) classes. ESL Services operates a noncredit Intensive English Program for conditionally admitted UTSA students, U.S. residents, and other international students who want to study English in a rigorous academic setting. In addition, the office also provides the UTSA and San Antonio community with accurate information regarding the needs of ESL learners.
International cross-cultural awareness and understanding on the part of all UTSA students and scholars is crucial to their attainment of effective leadership, competitiveness, prosperity, and success in a global world. Making it possible for international students and scholars to attend and teach at UTSA and offering UTSA students and scholars the opportunity to study abroad at other universities greatly promotes international awareness, understanding, and the exchange of world knowledge.
Additionally, the office processes and coordinates all international academic agreements between UTSA and foreign institutions in coordination with the Executive Vice Provost/Senior International Officer.
The core mission of the Office of International Programs is to enhance cross-cultural understanding among UTSA students by:
- welcoming and supporting international students and scholars attending UTSA from other countries while assisting them in meeting the visa requirements set forth by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Department of State;
- encouraging UTSA students to seek out and participate in educational opportunities abroad;
- strengthening scholarly UTSA exchange programs with universities in other countries;
- mobilizing UTSA resources toward the support of international students, scholars, and education; and
- influencing university policy toward embracing and institutionalizing the internationalization of UTSA curriculum, faculty, and student body.
Support and assistance are provided to all international students before and after their arrival at UTSA. International Student Services (ISS) conducts orientation programs to help new international students understand federal regulations governing their stay and to inform them about services available at other UTSA offices. ISS advisors assist students with maintaining proper status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) that is managed by the federal government. Immigration information, forms, and advice are provided to international students who are employed at UTSA and off-campus with proper authorization.
The Border County Program, coordinated by the Office of International Programs/International Student Services, enables students from Mexico who have limited financial resources to enroll at state institutions at resident tuition rates. A Border County student must be a citizen or permanent resident of Mexico, meet the admission requirements of UTSA, demonstrate financial need, and re-enroll into the program each year.
The Education Abroad Services staff helps students study abroad by providing assistance, support, and resources on program options. Participating in international learning experiences offers life-changing opportunities, such as living with a host family and learning a new language in Spain, participating in an engineering research project in Germany, or serving as an intern in a clinic in Costa Rica. Participation in education abroad programs allows students to build knowledge skills, cultural awareness, and self-confidence.
These programs provide the opportunity for students to study internationally while acquiring academic credit toward a degree at UTSA. The Education Abroad Services staff assists UTSA students in finding the right program to match their academic and personal interests. Education abroad programs can help meet major or minor requirements, fulfill general education requirements, or help a student achieve proficiency in a second language. Students may also be able to participate in an internship or conduct research for a final thesis while abroad.
UTSA maintains bilateral exchange and consortia agreements with a number of international institutions, including Canada, China, England, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Spain. Under these programs, participants pay tuition to UTSA and all other costs to the partner university, avoiding the need to pay the higher international student tuition fees while attending at the host institution.
International Scholar Services provides support and assistance to University faculty and staff in the recruitment and hiring of foreign nationals. The International Scholar Services staff maintains the most current knowledge of issues related to immigration and nationality law, U.S. Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, and taxation of foreign nationals in order to assist international faculty and scholars in achieving their goals and objectives while at the University. Additionally, the International Scholar Services ensures University policies and guidelines are observed and that these policies and guidelines conform to federal and state governmental rules and regulations. The International Scholar Services staff ensures effective working relationships with federal and state agencies such as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of State. The International Scholar Services conducts professional consultation and training for University departments on issues related to the hiring of foreign nationals.
All international students holding nonimmigrant visa status are required, except under certain circumstances as outlined by The University of Texas Board of Regents, to purchase and maintain the UT System-approved comprehensive health insurance while enrolled at UTSA. All international students are automatically enrolled in the UT System Student Health Insurance Plan at the time of registration. The charge for the insurance coverage appears as a required fee on the student fee bill. The policy, recommended under the UT System Student Health Insurance Plan, offers $500,000 (U.S.) in major medical/hospitalization for each illness, accident, and injury, with a $300 deductible. Repatriation and medical evacuation benefits are also provided. Those international students classified as Texas residents for tuition purposes must still enroll in the UT System Health Insurance Plan.
It is necessary for students to have comprehensive health insurance to ensure that they have the best possible health care and to protect them from unexpected financial crises. The cost of health care in the United States is very expensive. If someone is in an automobile accident or becomes very ill and has to go to the doctor or hospital, it can cost thousands of (U.S.) dollars. To assist in diagnosing an illness, doctors often require laboratory tests. Medications are often also required and can be quite expensive. These medical expenses can cost a significant amount of money.
International students on nonimmigrant visas are not eligible to receive free medical care nor will the United States government pay the medical bills. Therefore, participation in the UT System Student Health Insurance Plan is required for all international students to protect them from huge financial burdens should they become seriously ill or involved in an accident.
The Vice President for Community Services provides the President with advice and counsel on outreach and community engagement. The Vice President is responsible for extending the University beyond its campuses and into San Antonio and South Texas through public service, extension, outreach, and community education. This is accomplished through the following: the Institute for Economic Development, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Prefreshman Engineering Program, the Office of Community Outreach, the Office of Extended Education, the Downtown Campus Special Events Office, the UTSA Mexico Center, the Office of P-20 Initiatives, and the Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute.
The Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) identifies achieving middle and high school students with an interest in mathematics, science, engineering and technology, and prepares them for careers in these and other mathematics-related areas. Founded at UTSA in 1979, the seven-week, mathematics-based academic program is held each summer at nine local colleges and universities. PREP is offered over four summers (PREP I through IV) whereby students receive one elective high school credit for each summer completed successfully and University PREP (UPREP) is offered (to students who complete PREP III) for college credit. Designed for students in grades 6–11, PREP promotes high achievement and provides students with the necessary reinforcement to successfully pursue higher education and careers in mathematics, science, engineering and technology. With a focus on building a high-quality and diverse twenty-first century workforce, women and members of minority groups—traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering—serve as special target groups. Starting in 2012, UPREP students will have an opportunity to be exposed to research with UTSA faculty. For the local PREP office see www.prep-usa.org/portal/main/.
The Office of P-20 Initiatives provides leadership to increase the college-going rate and success of students in the Greater San Antonio area and South Texas who want to attend UTSA in particular or other higher education institutions, by establishing strong collaborations with stakeholders to serve and assist students, especially those who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The Office of P-20 Initiatives promotes educational access, college readiness and completion through research-based programming and educational reform through collaborative dialogue among P-20 constituents. An array of outreach programming and activities are designed to provide services such as academic intervention, college readiness camps, dual credit, mentoring, tutoring, work study, career planning, test preparation, bridge programs and college tours. As UTSA advances toward a Tier One University, the Office of P-20 Initiatives seeks to become a center of excellence and a Tier One organization in its field.
The Office of Community Outreach (OCO) was established to increase UTSA’s visibility in targeted communities in South Texas and to foster appropriate, mutually beneficial partnerships with these communities. The OCO works with educational, business and civic leaders in communities served by UTSA to promote higher education as an economic development resource. The OCO, in concert with community leaders, addresses barriers that inhibit or prevent area residents from enrolling at UTSA. Special events bring community leaders to UTSA and take UTSA executive officers into South Texas communities. The OCO works closely with the Admissions Office as well as other University offices in supporting student recruitment efforts.
The Office of Extended Education serves the region’s adult, professional and continuing education needs through a range of targeted programs that match the University’s unique resources with the lifelong learning needs of the region. Extended Education works collaboratively with academic and nonacademic units of the University to develop and present seminars, online courses, conferences and programs for the general public, professional and governmental agencies, and businesses. Selected courses for college credit are also available through the Office of Extended Education’s Extended Studies Program (ESP). The UTSA Extended Education Web site provides information on seminars, online courses, conferences and programs that are open to the University and local communities. Extended Education also provides specialized training to organizations needing customized training programs for their employees.
The Downtown Special Events Office is responsible for scheduling, coordinating and managing special events at the Downtown Campus. The Downtown Campus has clearly become the venue of choice for University organizations as well as many community organizations, and the office operates as a “one-stop shopping” experience for on- and off-campus users of University facilities. The office manages cash handling, logistical operations and designs, implements control systems for managing various resources needed for events and provides logistical support for Extended Education.
The Graduate School at UTSA is the centralized office for all graduate-related services. In collaboration with the academic colleges and student services offices, The UTSA Graduate School provides services in the areas of recruitment (including diversity initiatives), admissions, general orientation, retention workshops, evaluation of the graduate experience, faculty and staff resources, as well as thesis and dissertation submission services.
The Academic Common Market is an interstate agreement for sharing academic programs through an exchange of students across state lines. Fifteen southern states take part in the Academic Common Market. Texas, Florida and North Carolina participate at the graduate level only. (Undergraduate and graduate students interested in participating in exchange programs with other universities, either in the United States or abroad, should contact the Office of International Programs.) Selected out-of-state programs that are not offered in a student’s home state can be accessed through the Academic Common Market at in-state tuition rates.
Further information on the Academic Common Market may be obtained from the Texas State Coordinator for the Academic Common Market, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P. O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, or by calling (512) 427-6518.
The Graduate School is partnering with UTSA academic and student services departments to provide our graduate students the opportunity to take learning beyond the classroom. The Graduate Student Success series allows graduate students the flexibility of weekend and evening workshops coupled with information that will enhance their academic experience at UTSA. These workshops are free to students and their guests. Find more information at http://graduateschool.utsa.edu/current_students/.
A cooperative arrangement between The University of Texas System and The Texas A&M University System allows a graduate student at one institution to use unique facilities or access courses at the other institution with a minimum of paperwork. The graduate student registers and pays fees at the home institution and may retain any fellowship or financial assistance awarded by it. Space must be readily available, and the instructor or laboratory director of the proposed work must consent to the arrangement. Approval must be given by the graduate dean of each institution.
TOEFL testing is administered by computer in the Office of Testing Services at their Main and Downtown campus locations according to the schedule established by ETS and Prometric. TOEFL schedule and registration information can be accessed at www.ets.org/toefl/.
The Graduate Management Admission Test is required of students who wish to pursue graduate work in business. The GMAT is not given on the UTSA campus but is administered through Prometric. Students interested in registering for the GMAT examination should call 1-800-717-GMAT or visit www.mba.com.
The Graduate Record Examination is required of students who wish to pursue graduate work in any area other than business. The GRE is not given on the UTSA campus but is administered through Prometric. Students interested in registering for a GRE examination should call 1-800-GRE-CALL or visit the ETS Web site at www.ets.org/gre/.
OITConnect is the one place for all your technology requests. All technology support requests for students, faculty and staff are handled through our OITConnect service. You can submit your service request via OITConnect's online web form by visiting oitconnect.utsa.edu, by emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via telephone by calling 210-458-5555.
The Office of Information Technology supports faculty, students and staff in the use of traditional and interactive classroom technology.
UTSA has a robust interactive video network capable of connecting University classes and programs around the city, state and world. OIT schedules academic courses that utilize the interactive classroom facilities, maintains the interactive video network, maintains traditional classroom facilities and assists faculty in the instructional classroom devices including recording lectures for students to review.
The department is committed to integrating approved state-of-the-art advancements in the use of traditional and interactive classroom technology. OIT is also devoted to managing and developing the use of academic technology to complement the academic programs of the University.
- distributes classroom presentation equipment including sound systems, video players/recorders, high-performance computers and video projectors
- schedules and delivers equipment to classrooms via a reservation system
- hosts workshops for faculty and staff on the use of classroom technology
- provides on-call assistance to faculty who use technology in the classroom
- assists faculty members who use technology to conduct research
- encourages students to become active participants in the learning process.
Technical support is available for:
- class lectures
- the coordination and set-up of video conference meetings
- special University campus events that require audio and visual reinforcement
- scheduling and recording satellite feeds and cable programs on request
- setting-up, monitoring, and recording ITV courses between the Main Campus and Downtown Campus.
The Education Technology office is set up to provide services in support of technology-enhanced teaching and learning to include the entire continuum from technology-enhanced to fully online courses. Our service portfolio includes instructional design services, instructional consulting for technology-enhanced, hybrid/blended and online courses, simulation development, high-impact instructional videos, etc. We are structured into two groups who work synergistically to optimize and maximize the teaching and learning potential.
The Office of Information Technology supports and encourages the development and delivery of instruction through technology to strengthen the mission of improving student learning outcomes. The department provides:
- Instructional design and development assistance for faculty members to effectively implement the use of technology in their curriculum
- Design and delivery support for Web-enhanced hybrid and fully online courses
- Workshops on various educational technologies
- Ongoing support for faculty members using Web-based technology to enhance instruction.
The department is committed to promoting awareness of instructional technology best practices and improving the quality of our institution. Staff members are dedicated to providing professional assistance to and consulting with faculty members on selecting and adopting appropriate technology for maximizing student learning and teaching effectiveness.
The Office of Information Technology provides professional video production and post-production services for UTSA principally in the support of its instructional mission. The video production team can provide support in pre-production and production of high-impact videos designed to leverage modern video techniques to enhance the teaching and learning process.
Our staff of producers is ready to assist in planning video production or multi-camera webcasts. Our staff is also available to provide consultation services to students in their media-related, special projects.
In addition to our main focus on instruction and learning, we also provide ancillary services in areas of special event archival (video-taping guest lecturers), digital signage, live multi-camera webcasts, such as Commencement, UTSA home basketball games and promotional products.
The Office of Information Technology Student Computing Services (SCS) is dedicated to providing students with computing tools and the best possible customer service assistance, in order to help facilitate their academic success. OIT practices a philosophy of continuous improvement in order to accomplish our mission and goal of assisting our student customers. Our staff is dedicated and ready to assist with services such as:
- account management (passphrase resets and unlocks)
- standard software utilization
- software issues and troubleshooting (MS Office Suite, Blackboard Learn, PrintSpot, AirRowdy, WiFi connectivity).
The Student Computing labs offer more than 500 workstations with full Internet access, standard applications and printing capabilities. Refer to the SCS website at http://utsa.edu/Oit/SCS for hours of operation as hours vary during the year. Two labs on the Main Campus and one lab on the Downtown Campus offer the same desktop “look and feel” with similar capabilities, so students can easily work in any of our facilities.
Print Spot consists of 51 print devices located in the labs and remotes sites on the Main and Downtown Campus areas. Students can send documents to print and be released from any black-and-white or color print station across the Main Campus or the Downtown Campus using PrintSpot.
All three SCS labs have collaborative work areas where student groups may interact to complete team projects. All three SCS labs include seating with power options for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Most major software applications are offered and specialty applications may be installed for specific courses; however it is in cooperation with a requesting faculty.
All Student Computing labs include areas of Adaptive Technology for students with unique physical needs and requirements. The adaptive area includes specialized hardware and software packages that are offered for visually, hearing and mobility-impaired students.
Application Development and Support
The Office of Information Technology provides technical support for administrative processing and official electronic record keeping. The department provides daily, ongoing support for Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Fiscal Services, Advising, Police, Institutional Research, Provost/Faculty, Testing Services, Business Auxiliary Services and Human Resources. OIT also provides support to all other departments that may require assistance with administrative processing and reporting.
Students can access their own records by using UTSA’s Automated Student Access Program (ASAP). Information in the administrative systems is accessible by a network ID and passphrase. This Web-based student information system allows students to register for classes and pay their fees from any computer with an Internet connection.
The Office of Information Technology supports three University-owned telephone systems which support the tri-campus community. The systems are networked to enable four-digit dialing between all locations and to allow shared features including voicemail. More than 2,200 faculty and staff extensions are equipped with telephone and voicemail services. The University uses the State of Texas communications network (TEX-AN) for routing long-distance telephone calls.
The campus switchboard attendant can be reached 24 hours a day by dialing 210-458-4011 (off campus) or 0 (on campus), at which time an automated attendant will prompt you for the name of the department or person you wish to reach. The option to reach the switchboard operator is available from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The switchboard operator provides general campus information and can provide numbers to campus offices.
University communication technicians manage the installation of voice and data cables, perform new telephone installations and relocate existing telephone extensions. The department maintains information on all cable installations.
UTSA offers a hotline number, (210) 458-SNOW, for information regarding campus closures and class cancellations in the event of inclement weather. UTSA’s Office of Communications updates the hotline information.
The Office of Information Technology oversees the protection of the University networks, computers, electronic data and records. It is charged more specifically with maintaining access controls for the major information systems used by students, faculty and staff; instituting policies and procedures for ensuring continuing integrity of the electronic information systems on campus; conducting awareness programs and other security training and responding to security incidents.
There are information security representatives in many departments and their activities are coordinated by the Office of Information Security. System alerts and training are provided to system administrators of other facilities on campus. The staff of the Office of Information Security is available for consultation regarding data protection, information security and other security services, as needed.
The University utilizes a high-speed (10 Gigabit Ethernet) backbone network that connects UTSA facilities and provides services such as electronic mail, file transfer and remote log-in capabilities as well as access to external networks.
A switched Gigabit (1 Gb/s) or Fast Ethernet (100 Mb/s) network connects most campus classrooms, laboratories and offices from “the desktop to the backbone.” A 10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone connection links all buildings to the Internet and Internet2, allowing students, faculty and staff to access electronic data quickly from any computer on the network. AirRowdy—UTSA’s wireless network—is available throughout all UTSA locations.
The Office of Information Technology also provides email for faculty, staff and students, as well as the infrastructure for the student registration system (Banner) and the online distance learning application (Blackboard).
The UT Online Consortium (UTOC) is a student’s gateway to online degrees and courses from the participating University of Texas System institutions. The majority of the programs listed in the UTOC Web site and offered by UT institutions can be completed entirely online. Any exceptions will be noted on the program information pages. Some programs can lead to a degree, endorsement or certificate conferred by the participating institution, while others are a grouping of courses. Online courses follow a semester-based schedule.
Information on courses and programs can be found on the Online Consortium Web site at www.utcoursesonline.org.
Students must be admitted to one of the UT System institutions in order to enroll in the Online Consortium courses. Students should also check with their academic advisors to ensure that enrollments in Consortium courses will satisfy their degree requirements.
The UTSA Libraries provide students and faculty with seamless and comprehensive access to information and learning resources.
- John Peace Library (JPL) – Located on the Main Campus, JPL is the University’s largest library with three floors of resources, study spaces and 185 computer workstations. JPL is open 24 hours a day, five days a week during the Fall and Spring semesters.
- Downtown Campus Library – Located in the Buena Vista Street Building.
- Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Library – A bookless, satellite library located in the AET building on Main Campus.
- Special Collections at the HemisFair Park Campus – Located within the Institute of Texan Cultures.
UTSA students and faculty have access to millions of e-books, e-journals and online databases. In addition, the libraries offer a rich collection of DVDs, CDs and other audiovisual items, educational curriculum materials, books, maps, musical scores, and more.
Students, faculty and staff can access library resources—such as full-text journal articles and e-books—from off campus using their myUTSA ID and passphrase. The libraries’ mobile Web site provides smartphone access to the most popular resources and services.
In addition to general collections, UTSA Libraries’ Special Collections houses the university’s own archives as well as its “treasures”—rare books, personal papers, and other one-of-a-kind historical items documenting the people, history, life and literature of San Antonio and South Texas. Special Collections reading rooms are located on the fourth floor of JPL and at the HemisFair Park Campus.
The UTSA Libraries offer:
- Assistance from professional librarians to help find and access information resources
- Desktop computer workstations
- Multimedia viewing and listening facilities
- Group study rooms
- Quiet study space
- High-speed scanners, printers and copiers
- Laptop computers for check-out
- DVD players, headphones and calculators for check-out
- "Get It For Me” service—have items located, delivered or borrowed from other libraries
Visit the UTSA Libraries’ Web site for complete information on the resources and services available in each library location.
Housed within the JPL are three of UTSA’s most popular academic support services:
- Supplemental Instruction (Tomás Rivera Center)
- Tutoring Services (Tomás Rivera Center)
- The Judith G. Gardner Center for Writing Excellence
Vice President for Research
The Office of the Vice President for Research supports the research community by facilitating growth, enabling productivity, and pursuing excellence. The UTSA Research Office comprises the Vice President’s office, which includes the central finance and communications functions, and 4 subunits: Sponsored Project Administration (OSPA), Research Support (ORS), Research Integrity (ORI), and Commercialization and Innovation (OCI). The VPR serves as the Institutional Official for the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Committee on the Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
Office of Sponsored Project Administration
The Office of Sponsored Project Administration (OSPA) promotes, supports, and administers sponsored program awards and provides the highest quality Pre and Post-Award services in generating and administering external awards in the pursuit of research, scholarly activities and public service. OSPA ensures that the administration of sponsored programs from proposal submission to award close-out is consistent with applicable laws, regulations and policies. OSPA operates six Research Service Centers (RSCs) designed to provide direct service to faculty and staff in all areas of research administration. The six RSCs are in the following areas: Engineering; Sciences; Liberal and Fine Arts, Business and Honors College; Education; Institute for Economic Development; and UTSA’s Downtown Campus.
In addition to the RSCs, OSPA includes an Information Systems and Technology group, which oversees upgrades, maintenance, and development of all research-support software platforms, an Audits unit, and a Contracts and Industry Agreements team to facilitate and support UTSA-sponsored projects and research enterprise by drafting, negotiating, and executing a variety of contracts and agreements.
Office of Research Support
The Office of Research Support (ORS) provides a variety of services and support programs for research-engaged faculty and students to develop and successfully manage their respective research programs.
The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is to initiate a collaborative network of programs to engage and support undergraduate students’ participation in research and scholarly activities in all areas of academic inquiry. This includes facilitating relationships between exploratory students and faculty members performing research, as well as progressively more competitive experience opportunities such as comprehensive undergraduate research projects.
ORS, in partnership with UTSA Libraries and the Vice Provost’s Office of Academic and Faculty Support offers a comprehensive program in professional development for faculty in the areas of scholarly research skill development, grant writing, publishing, collaborative research, research design, and, evaluation of research and other sponsored projects through “The Faculty Center at UTSA”. ORS provides faculty development funding to UTSA researchers through institutional seed grant programs and builds strategic research partnerships through collaborative funding programs with research based organizations and institutions in the San Antonio area.
Laboratory Animal Resources Center
The Laboratory Animal Resources Center (LARC) advises and educates researchers, staff and students on animal experimentation issues and promotes best practices for the responsible use of animals. LARC provides high-quality, cost-effective research animal resources, veterinary and personnel training, and expertise in laboratory animal technology and medicine.
Interdisciplinary Research and Limited Submission
ORS serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research through the promotion of innovative scholarly research and artistic activities that cross college and departmental boundaries and reach externally to industry and academic partners. To further expand UTSA’s research potential, ORS also develops strategies and infrastructure for ongoing research activities by establishing a unified framework to improve institutional interdisciplinary programs that are nationally competitive. To successfully increase funding opportunities available to UTSA, an internal selection process is managed by the Office for Research Office Support to assist with limited submission opportunities.
Centers and Institutes
ORS provides support and administrative guidance to research centers and institutes. Centers and institutes are dedicated to addressing a wide variety of challenges and opportunities that exist globally, regionally and even locally. They facilitate research work at UTSA, support learning and teaching and facilitate outreach and engagement with the community. ORS is also responsible for conducting strategic reviews for centers and institutes to ensure they meet UT system and UTSA regulations and policies and to ensure fiscal responsibility and programmatic growth and success.
Core Research Facilities
ORS provides strategic guidance and support of core research facilities at UTSA. Core research facilities offer both advanced technologies and equipment with a goal to make instrumentation and expertise available to UTSA research faculty, their staff and students, who all benefit from the shared cost of these resources.
Office of Research Integrity
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) supports the UTSA research community in its commitment to high research standards of research integrity and scholarly excellence. The Office promotes ethical behavior and best practices by anticipating risk and communicating research compliance standards for meeting research goals. ORI promotes the ethical conduct of research in the following areas: use of humans and animals in research, biosafety, chemical safety, radiation and laser safety, conflict of interest in research and intellectual property, export control, BSL3 facilities, and the responsible conduct of research. The Assistant Vice President of Research Integrity serves as the Research Integrity Officer related to research misconduct allegations.
Institutional Review Board
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects is the university committee that reviews and approves human subject research for the purpose of protecting the rights and welfare of those subjects. The IRB advises and educates researchers, staff and students on research with human subjects and promotes best practices for the ethical conduct of research with these individuals.
Institutional Animal Care and Use
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) assures the well-being and proper care of all vertebrate animals used for research and educational purposes at UTSA and serves the public by ensuring institutional compliance with all legal and ethical standards regarding the use of animals in research.
BSL3 Laboratory Facilities
Under the direction of the High Containment Lab Manager, UTSA’s BSL3 facilities are managed in support of faculty research in a variety of research areas.
Biosafety, Radiation & Laser Safety, and Chemical Safety
Committees are in place to support all faculty and staff whose research involves biosafety, radiation and lasers, and chemicals.
Conflict of Interest in Research and Intellectual Property
The Committee for Conflict of Interest in Research and Intellectual Property assures that a high level of objectivity in the development and reporting of research results will be implemented and maintained at UTSA.
Following federal criteria, ORI assures international partnerships and exchanges and research with non-U.S. persons while in the U.S. protect the export of certain controlled technologies in order to restrict access to goods and technology that could give a military advantage to our enemies, prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological, chemical), advance foreign policy goals, prevent terrorism, protect the economy, and promote trade goals.
Office of Commercialization and Innovation (OCI)
The Office of Commercialization and Innovation promotes the creation and commercialization of intellectual property at UTSA by students, faculty, and staff. The OCI manages the university portfolio of intellectual property, engages companies in research and commercialization partnerships, and provides intellectual property education and training to students, faculty and staff. The UTSA New Venture Incubator (NVI) enables university start-ups and partner companies to be collocated on campus and participate in the growth of UTSA’s research and commercialization activities. The OCI also operates a proof-of-principle fund to help bridge the gap between basic research and applied innovations. The OCI strives to maximize the translation of UTSA discoveries into the hands of commercial partners that create new products and services.
The mission of the Enrollment Services Center at The University of Texas at San Antonio is to serve students and the community in an efficient, service-friendly atmosphere. The Center provides information and guidance regarding admission, registration, financial aid, scholarships, fiscal services, and various student service-related offices. The Enrollment Services Center works closely with other UTSA offices to ensure that current information is provided to students to alleviate the need to visit numerous offices to obtain information. Service is provided at the Main and Downtown campuses as well as through the Enrollment Services Call Center.
Some of the services include:
- providing efficient and courteous service to students
- assisting students with financial aid, admission, registration, credit card payments by telephone for tuition and fees, billing, and miscellaneous student services information
- accepting and documenting admissions and registration paperwork
- providing financial aid information and counseling sessions
- answering questions regarding financial aid status, missing documents, special circumstances, and appeals for financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress
- providing general financial aid and scholarship information through presentations to current UTSA students, prospective students and the community
- disbursing, accepting, and documenting financial aid paperwork
- assisting students with University applications, class schedules, changes of address, requests to audit classes, registration in independent study classes, and information about academic policies and procedures
- processing late registration requests and withdrawals from the University
- providing information and processing for tuition and fee loans
- printing and distributing official UTSA transcripts and accepting official transcripts from other institutions
- providing problem-solving assistance to students and making referrals to the appropriate University offices, if necessary
- providing information updates through a variety of social media including Facebook, Twitter, and AskRowdy
- answering preliminary questions related to many student service areas at the University.
Students may call (210) 458-8000 or 1-800-669-0919 to speak to a representative for questions and assistance regarding enrollment at the University.
The primary purpose of financial aid is to provide resources to students who would otherwise be unable to pursue a postsecondary education. UTSA believes that all students should be able to attend the university that best suits their academic and personal needs. The Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services will meet the direct costs or financial need of all eligible students until funds have been exhausted.
Financial aid programs available for eligible undergraduate students include: Federal PELL Grants; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG); Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants; Texas Public Education Grants (TPEG); TEXAS Grants; Top 10 Percent Scholarship; UTSA Grants; Federal, State and Institutional Work-Study; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans; Federal Perkins Loans; Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) Loans; Alternative Loans; and various scholarships.
Financial aid programs available for eligible graduate students include: Federal and State Work-Study; Texas Public Education Grants (TPEG); UTSA Grants; Federal Perkins Loans; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans; Graduate PLUS Loans; Alternative Loans; and various scholarships.
Students who are awarded work-study can access a list of work-study employment opportunities sorted by office or academic department on the RowdyJobs Web site maintained by the University Career Center.
For more information regarding any of these programs, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services.
A yearly determination of eligibility and financial need is required for most forms of financial aid. To be considered for financial aid, a student must:
- be officially admitted to UTSA as a degree-seeking student
- file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- meet deadlines set by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services
- not be in default on any Title IV, HEA loan made for attendance at any institution
- not owe a refund on any Title IV, HEA grant received for attendance at any institution
- make Satisfactory Academic Progress (see below).
- Students who are not U.S. citizens must provide proof of eligibility.
- Students whose financial aid files are selected for “verification” by UTSA will be asked for additional documentation. This information must be provided to receive and remain eligible for aid.
- Students subject to selective service registration will be required to file a statement that the student has registered or is exempt from selective service registration in order to be eligible to apply for federal financial aid. In addition, effective January 1, 1998, the selective service requirement is also applicable to students applying for financial assistance funded by State revenue.
The Top 10 Percent Scholarship is awarded to students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Qualifying students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) by the deadline set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and have financial need may be eligible to receive up to $1500 if they enroll full-time in a Texas public college or university during the following Fall semester.
The Higher Education Amendment Act of 1965, as amended, mandates institutions of higher education to establish a minimum standard of “Satisfactory Academic Progress” for students receiving financial aid. UTSA makes its standard applicable to all federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs for the purpose of maintaining a consistent policy for all students receiving financial aid.
To make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), students must meet all of the following standards:
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average minimum requirement as determined at the end of each Spring Semester for all credit hours attempted at UTSA: undergraduate students must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average; and graduate students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. If the cumulative grade point average drops below the minimum requirement, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
Maximum Time Frames
The number of semester credit hours a student attempts may not exceed 150 percent of the number of semester credit hours required for graduation in his or her program of study, as published in the University catalogs. For example, if the published number of semester credit hours required for graduation is 120, a student may not attempt more than 180 semester credit hours (120 x 1.5 = 180) and continue to receive financial aid. All periods of enrollment must be considered, even those for which the student did not receive financial aid as well as hours transferred from another school. If the number of attempted hours reaches 150 percent of the hours required for graduation, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
Attempted hours include all registered hours per semester whether or not the student earns a grade or receives credit. The following are considered hours attempted, but not completed:
- “F” grades for undergraduate students
- “D+,” “D,” “D-” or “F” grades for graduate students
- “W” or withdrawal from courses
- “IN” or incomplete
- all transfer hours.
Completed hours include all semester hours for which the student earns a grade:
- “A+” through “D-” grades for undergraduate students
- “A+” through “C-” grades for graduate students
- all transfer hours accepted for credit.
A student must successfully complete a minimum of 67 percent of all attempted coursework. The student's academic progress will be reviewed at the end of each Spring Semester. If the number of completed hours drops below 67 percent of attempted hours, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid.
- If a student attempts (registers for) 30 semester credit hours in an academic year, he or she must complete a minimum of 21 semester credit hours (67% x 30 = 20.10) in order to make SAP for the year.
- If a student attempts 36 semester credit hours, he or she must complete a minimum of 25 semester credit hours (67% x 36 = 24.12) in order to make SAP for the year.
Note: All partial credit hours will be rounded up to the nearest hour.
- If, at the end of the second year, a student has attempted 60 semester credit hours, he or she must have completed a minimum of 41 semester credit hours (67% x 60 = 40.20) in order to make SAP for the year.
After grades are posted for the Spring Semester, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services will review the SAP progress of every enrolled student, regardless of whether or not they received financial aid. Students' academic progress will be reviewed to ensure that they are meeting the following criteria:
- cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher (undergraduate students) or
cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (graduate students)
- successful completion of at least 67 percent of all attempted coursework for all periods of enrollment (cumulative), even those for which the student did not receive financial aid
- total attempted hours does not exceed 150 percent of the published length of the program of study.
Financial Aid Termination
In the event the student does not meet the requirements for SAP during the review period, he or she will be placed on financial aid termination, effective beginning the Summer 2014 term. This means that the student will not be eligible for any type of federal, state, or institutional aid until he or she returns to satisfactory academic progress status.
Conditions for Reinstatement
Students whose eligibility for financial aid has been terminated may appeal the decision, in writing, to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services (SFAES) if they believe that they had extenuating circumstances that led to their unsatisfactory progress. SFAES will notify students of the appeal outcome via the preferred e-mail account the student designated in the Automated Student Access Program (ASAP).
Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Process
Students appealing their Satisfactory Academic Progress status are required to submit an appeal for review. The following are to be included with the SAP Appeal:
- Financial Aid Appeal Form
- A typed letter answering the two items below and related supporting documentation:
- Please provide details regarding the situation(s) that prevented you from maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress during the evaluation periods of Summer 2013, Fall 2013 and/or Spring 2014. (Examples: extenuating medical/personal issues, change in field of study, dual major, transferred hours not counted, etc.)
- How has your situation(s) changed to allow you to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress during the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 evaluation period? (Examples: attending tutoring, adjusted work schedule, reduction in course schedule, etc.)
- Degree Plan, if applicable for Maximum Time Frame (see Probation with a Graduation Plan below)
Appeals are reviewed by the Financial Aid Review Committee. Students are notified of the committee’s decision via their preferred e-mail address. A student who has an appeal approved will be placed on Financial Aid Probation, Probation with an Academic Plan, or Probation with a Graduation Plan status for the following semester of enrollment. Approved appeals will be submitted to the student’s academic advisor to determine whether the student will be able to meet the SAP requirements within one term or will need an academic plan. The academic advisor will determine the requirements for the academic plan. The appeal approval notification may list restrictions or requirements to be followed by the student. Failure to follow restrictions or requirements may result in immediate forfeiture of financial aid.
Types of Financial Aid Probation
Probation: If a student has a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal approved they will be placed on Probation if it is possible to bring their Course Completion Rate and grade point average up to SAP standards after the next semester. All students on Probation will be checked at the end of the probation term and each subsequent semester until the student is meeting SAP standards.
Probation with an Academic Plan: If a student has a SAP Appeal approved and it is NOT possible for them to maintain the required Course Completion Rate and grade point average after one semester of enrollment, they will be placed on Probation with an Academic Plan by their academic advisor. If a student on Probation with an Academic Plan fails to meet the semester goals of their plan, their financial aid will be suspended for the upcoming and subsequent terms until they are in compliance with the SAP standards. A new appeal will be required in order to be placed on probation again.
Probation with a Graduation Plan: If a student’s appeal is approved for Maximum Time Frame, the student will be placed on Probation with a Graduation Plan. This Graduation Plan will be developed with a degree plan that consists of the classes and number of hours needed to graduate as well as the signature of the student’s academic advisor. The Graduation Plan will be reviewed at the end of each term. If a student’s appeal for Maximum Time Frame, or exceeding 150 percent, is approved, they will ONLY be approved for the number of hours indicated on their Graduation Plan and the required courses needed to graduate. Progress will be checked at the end of each semester until the student graduates.
Notification of Status
Students who have been terminated from financial aid will be notified of changes to SAP status via their preferred e-mail address. Changes in SAP status can also be viewed by the student by logging in to ASAP. Paying out of pocket for classes or sitting out a semester is not grounds for reinstatement of aid. Students must bring their academic progress back into compliance or have an appeal approved to have aid reinstated. Students who are denied may not appeal continuously (each semester) for the same circumstance. This policy decision does not prevent a student from enrolling in future semesters but, it does prevent financial aid awarding and disbursement. Students on financial aid termination are responsible for paying all educational expenses without the assistance of financial aid.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board administers a loan repayment program for teachers certified in fields in which there is a critical shortage of teachers who take jobs as classroom teachers in those fields in Texas, as well as a grant program to help teachers obtain certification in these fields. Details about this program are found in the Texas Education Code, Subchapter O, Sections 56.352–56.359, and additional information may be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Teaching in the College of Education and Human Development or on the Teach For Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program Web site at www.hhloans.com/borrowers/TFTLRAPFactSheet.cfm.
Academic and need-based scholarships are offered for qualified first-time incoming freshmen, college transfers and currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. First-time freshmen and transfer students can apply for UTSA General Scholarships awarded through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services at the same time they apply for admission to UTSA at www.applytexas.org. Please note that colleges and departments administer their own scholarship programs and therefore have separate applications. Check with the college or department to which you are applying to determine which scholarships you may be eligible for and obtain an application.
Continuing UTSA undergraduate and graduate students can apply for UTSA General Scholarships by completing and submitting the online General Scholarship Application on the UTSA Scholarship Web site and through their ASAP account. Additionally, all students are encouraged to seek scholarship/fellowship opportunities through their respective college/department. Students can also conduct independent searches for scholarships by utilizing the links under Outside Scholarship Opportunities on the Scholarship Web site.
IMPORTANT: The deadline for first-time freshmen, transfer and continuing students to apply for General Scholarships is February 15. A large number of General Scholarships are need-based, therefore students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline of March 1 and be admitted to UTSA for consideration.
To receive priority consideration for scholarships, first-time high school graduates and transfer students must be admitted to UTSA by March 15 and submit a General Scholarship Application. High school graduates must have SAT and/or ACT scores on file with the Office of Admissions. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. All students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and for a majority of scholarships, must attend as a full-time student.
Students selected for a General Scholarship will receive an award letter in the mail, providing the name of the scholarship, dollar amount awarded, whether it is renewable or not, and the guidelines to maintain it. Students will also receive tips on how to write a thank you letter as they will be required to submit a thank you letter to their scholarship donor before funds will disburse. Students selected for scholarships that are renewable will not be required to re-apply for that scholarship, they will automatically be renewed providing they meet the requirements of the scholarship and remain in good academic standing.
Departmental and Honors College scholarships have varying deadlines and require a separate application. Please review carefully the requirements for all scholarships and obtain applications from the appropriate college or department. Some scholarships apply to incoming freshmen and transfer students; others apply only to upperclassmen, while others may be appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students. More information can be found at: http://utsa.edu/scholarships/deptcoll.html.
Scholarships awarded from outside sources can impact a student's financial aid. Therefore all non-UTSA scholarships must be reported to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services as they are a source of financial assistance and by Federal regulation, must fit within a student's cost of attendance. All outside scholarships are to be reported using the UTSA External Scholarship Notification found on the UTSA Financial Aid Web site at: http://utsa.edu/financialaid/pdf/1314/Externalscholarship.pdf.
The mission of Orientation and Family Programs (OFP) is to provide support services and programs for new undergraduate students and their families.
One of the primary functions of the department is to provide comprehensive orientation programs for new undergraduate students and their family members. Orientation programs for all new students, called “Roadrunner Roundup,” are offered in December and January for the Spring Semester; in May for the Summer Semester; and in May, June, July, and August for the Fall Semester. All freshmen and freshman-transfer students (0 to 29 semester credit hours) are required to participate in orientation and will meet with an academic advisor and register for classes as part of the orientation program. Transfer students who are transferring 30 or more semester credit hours to UTSA are not required to participate in orientation but are strongly encouraged to do so. Effective Spring of 2015 all incoming transfer students with 30 or more semester credit hours will be required to participate in transfer orientation. These students would not be allowed to register for classes without first attending orientation. The program includes a campus tour, information about University services and resources, and the opportunity to meet new and current students, faculty, and staff. OFP hosts an orientation program for the family members of new students. This program introduces family members to UTSA’s campus resources, including academic programs, staff, and faculty. OFP also produces the Roadrunner Planner and Family Calendar to assist new students and family members in their transition to UTSA.
Orientation and Family Programs hosts two freshman camps. Roadrunner Camp, established in 1993, is a two-day, one-night spirit and traditions camp for freshmen held the week before Fall classes begin. ROWDYS Camp held in early fall is a first year experience camp designed to enhance a student's academic and social experience at UTSA. Orientation and Family Programs also provides support services and programming for family members of new students, including UTSA Family Weekend, Family Association, Family of the Year, Family Connection, the Family Association Scholarship and Parent Council.
Graduate Student Orientation provides new master’s and doctoral students the occasion to receive an overview on how to be successful in graduate school and the resources and student services available to them. Graduate Student Orientation takes place prior to the start of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. An online orientation option is available to students as well. New graduate students who attend orientation will have the opportunity to:
- network with faculty, staff and current graduate students
- receive literature on current academic and student services available for graduate students
- take part in a panel discussion on tips to be successful in graduate school
Academic departments also host orientations for their students, as well as the Office of International Programs that offers a mandatory orientation for all beginning international students.
The Office of Student Services oversees several departments at UTSA’s Main and Downtown campuses. These offices include the Budgets and Financial Services, Campus Recreation, Counseling Services, Student Disability Services, Student Health Services, (the AlcoholEdu Program and the Women’s Resource Center fall under Student Health Services), and the University Career Center.
The AlcoholEdu Program is provided to educate students about the use and effects of alcohol. Each member of the first-year class is required to complete the online AlcoholEdu course. The course provides a detailed education about blood alcohol content level and its effects on the body and mind.
The Department of Campus Recreation is proud to offer the UTSA community, including students, faculty/staff, alumni and their spouses or partners, state-of-the-art recreation and wellness facilities. The Recreation Center and Recreational Field Complex are located on the Main Campus, directly across the street from the Convocation Center and there is a Fitness Center and outdoor Sports Court on the Downtown Campus.
The Recreation Center includes the following recreation and leisure spaces:
The Recreation Field Complex is an nine-field synthetic turf, lighted complex used for open recreation, intramural sports and club sports activities.
The Fitness Center at the Downtown Campus features weight and cardio equipment with cable TV integrated into each piece of cardio equipment and a group fitness studio for group fitness classes. Campus Recreation also offers fitness programs, lockers and massage therapy service at the Downtown Campus.
Aside from managing facility space, the Department of Campus Recreation is made up of program areas which facilitate recreation and wellness opportunities both on and off campus. Those program areas include: Informal Recreation, Intramural Sports, Fitness & Wellness, Club Sports, and Outdoor Pursuits. These program areas offer a variety of opportunities ranging from drop-in recreation, traditional sports, leagues and tournaments, to group exercise classes and outdoor adventure activities.
For information about memberships, hours of operation, Recreation Center amenities, and the services and/or facilities offered by the Department of Campus Recreation, please visit our Web site at http://utsa.edu/recreation/ or call (210) 458-7575 during normal business hours.
Counseling Services provides confidential, professional services by staff psychologists, social workers, counselors and psychiatrists to help meet the personal and developmental needs of currently enrolled students. Counseling Services has offices at both the Downtown and Main campuses. Our services are free and confidential. Our counseling center is accredited by The International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).
The transitions and stresses of university life affect all students to different degrees. Students coping with these challenging human issues may, at times, need the assistance of a qualified professional. The counseling process helps students resolve personal concerns and acquire the skills, knowledge, and abilities that will enable them to succeed through their college experience.
Services at the Counseling Center include individual brief therapy for personal and educational concerns, couples/relationship counseling, and group therapy on topics such as college adaptation, relationship concerns, sexual orientation, depression and anxiety. Counseling Services also screens for possible learning disabilities and has limited psychiatric services. Visit Counseling Services at http://utsa.edu/counsel/ or call (210) 458-4140 (Main Campus) or (210) 458-2930 (Downtown Campus).
Student Health Services provides medical care and wellness programs to currently-registered students. Our licensed medical providers, nurses and ancillary staff provide quality medical care. The health education staff provides services, programs and outreach activities that aim to promote healthy lifestyles among UTSA students.
Students who are immunized against diphtheria, rubeola, rubella, mumps, tetanus, and poliomyelitis protect themselves, as well as others, from serious complications associated from these diseases. Possible risks from not being vaccinated include absenteeism, spreading the disease to others, hospitalization, amputation, brain damage, paralysis, meningitis, seizures, deafness, and even death. Visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/ or speak to one of our medical staff for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations.
Students are encouraged to call for an appointment. Visit the Student Health Services website at www.utsa.edu/health/ for more details about our services and programs.
Main Clinic at the Recreation Wellness Center 1.500 at (210) 458-4142
Health Education at the Recreation Wellness Center at 1.812 at (210) 458-6428
Downtown Clinic at the Buena Vista Building 1.308 at (210) 458-2930
Student group health insurance is available to UTSA students and their dependents. Information and applications for the student health insurance can be found at http://www.academichealthplans.com.
Incoming Student Requirements
AlcoholEdu for College is an online alcohol education program that provides alcohol related information and educates students about the dangers of alcohol use and abuse, as well as underage and binge drinking. The program includes detailed information on Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), standard drinks, and signs of alcohol abuse, dependence and poisoning. AlcoholEdu is mandatory for all new incoming freshmen under 21 years of age and the program offers a confidential, personalized experience for each student. Failure to complete the program will result in a hold preventing you from viewing your grades.
Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination
The University of Texas at San Antonio complies with Texas Education Code, Subchapter Z, Chapter 51, Section 51.9192, and 19 TAC Part 1, Chapter 21, Subchapter T, requiring all first-time students attending an institution of higher education in the state of Texas, including transfer students, to show evidence of vaccination against bacterial meningitis, allowing for medical or conscientious opt-out exemptions, prior to enrollment.
All entering college and university students age 21 years old and younger are required to show proof of an initial meningococcal vaccination or a booster dose within five years from the first day of the school semester. They must get the vaccine at least 10 days before the semester begins.
Students must fulfill this requirement if they meet any of the following:
- A first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education
- A transfer student
- A student who previously attended an institution of higher education, who is enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester
The following students are exempt from the vaccine requirement:
- A student 22 years of age or older by the first day of the semester
- A student enrolled only in online or other distance education courses
- A student enrolled in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours
- A student who cannot take the vaccine because of medical reasons (must be verified by physician)
- A student declines the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.
PLEASE NOTE: Before a student is allowed to register for classes, he/she must complete an original, Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Vaccine Exemption Affidavit Form. This is the only acceptable documentation for this exemption, and this process takes a significant amount of time. The student must begin this process well in advance of the intended registration date.
We will accept any ONE of the following:
- A document bearing the signature or stamp of a physician or the physician’s designee or the public health official that administered the vaccination that shows the month, day and year the required vaccine was administered;
- An official immunization record issued by a licensed health care provider or local health authority in the student’s country;
- If residing in the United States, a copy of an official record received directly from a Texas school official or a school official in another state.
DISCLAIMER: School immunization records will not be accepted from the student.
Required documentation must:
- Be written in English;
- State the name and other information sufficient to identify the individual who received the required vaccination; and
- Clearly identify that the required vaccine was administered to the individual.
Submit your immunization records to UTSA Student Health Services by one of four ways: in person, by fax, by mail or by email.
UTSA Student Health Services
One UTSA Circle, RWC 1.500
San Antonio, TX 78249
Fax: (210) 458-4151
Hepatitis B Vaccination
Programs offered in conjunction with the UT Health Science Center may require Hepatitis B vaccination - for information, go to: http://shc.uthscsa.edu/immunization_info.asp
Records from School
Please instruct school officials to send records directly to UTSA Student Health Services by any of the above methods. Under the statute, school immunization records must be emailed, mailed or faxed directly from the school to Student Health Services.
PLEASE NOTE: Submission of documents will be processed from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Any documents emailed or faxed after 4:00 pm will be processed on the next business day. Hold removals and processing are not conducted on weekends and holidays.
Submission of documents to Student Health Services will not remove holds automatically. Inadequate documents will delay a hold removal and if this occurs, a call or email will be sent to the student. Please check the status of a hold through ASAP (hyperlink to ASAP) after 24 business hours.
Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience
Students must use the official Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) form. The TDSHS form may be ordered electronically from this website: https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/default.aspx. It is then mailed from TDSHS to the student and it may take up to two weeks to receive the form.
The TDSHS form must be completed, notarized, and sent to Student Health Services within 90 days from the date it was notarized. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the TDSHS form and have it notarized. Information about requesting the TDSHS affidavit form is available here: https://webds.dshs.state.tx.us/immco/affidavit.shtm.
Mail to or bring in person:
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Student Health Services
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
The affidavit must be completely filled out, signed in the correct areas, and notarized. Student Health Services accepts originals only. Incomplete forms or photocopies will not be accepted and may delay the process of class registration.
Consent for Treatment Form for Minors
Incoming students who are 17 years old and younger must submit a completed Consent for Treatment (hyperlink to http://utsa.edu/health/forms/ConsentforTreatment.pdf) form prior to registering for classes. The form must be reviewed, completed and signed by a parent or guardian. All completed forms can be mailed to UTSA Student Health Services, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249-0684 or faxed to (210) 458-4151.
The American College Health Association, the National Center for Disease Control, Texas Department of State Health Services, and The University of Texas at San Antonio recommend the following immunizations.Please note that Student Health Services does not administer these vaccinations.
Tetanus– Diptheria Vaccine
Initially, a series of three vaccines is administered within 10 years. People of all ages should have this vaccine.
Measles– Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
Students born after 1957 should have two doses of MMR vaccine administered on or after their first birthday, at least 30 days apart, and prior to beginning classes.
Poliomyelitis (A.K.A. Polio) Vaccine
This vaccine is recommended for people under 18 years of age.
International students are required by UTSA to have a screening for tuberculosis, performed in the United States, within 90 days prior to registration.
This may be done through the tuberculosis (TB) skin test or a physician-ordered Interferon Gamma Release Assay (IGRA) blood test—QuantiFERON TB gold in-tube test (QFT-GIT) or T-Spot TB test (T-Spot).
The TB skin test process must be performed and read by a healthcare professional licensed to practice in the United States. The documentation record needs to note the name of the healthcare provider, designated licensure, date of administration, date of reading, and if possible, number of millimeters of induration rather than whether positive or negative. The address and telephone number of the practice needs to be noted on the documentation record.
The IGRA blood test results documentation record must note in English the name of healthcare provider, designated licensure, date of laboratory results, and a copy of the laboratory results. The address and telephone number of the practice needs to be noted on the documentation record.
The TB skin test screening is available from Student Health Services (Main Campus, RWC 1.500, or Downtown Campus, BV 1.308) by appointment only. The student must be able to return to Student Health Services for the TB skin test reading 48 hours later, but no later than 72 hours.
Students who do not complete the screening for tuberculosis, either the TB skin test or an IGRA test, will not be allowed to register for classes. Students requiring further testing, such as a chest x-ray based on initial screening results, must have proof of appropriate follow-up before being allowed to register. The chest x-ray is not a substitute for a TB skin test or an IGRA test.
Health Insurance for International Students
For information on health insurance for international students, visit International Programs.
Student Disability Services (SDS) provides accommodations for students with disabilities as well as educational outreach to the UTSA community. UTSA and Student Disability Services are committed to a diverse campus culture which embraces inclusion of all students. Student Disability Services encourages full participation and integration of students with disabilities in all academic student programs. Those students who self-identify and qualify for services will receive equal access by removing possible barriers, both in campus structures and in the classroom environment. This is done through disability counseling, referral services, assistive technology, alternative media, sign language interpreters, reasonable accommodations, and the sharing of disability related information.
Eligible students should contact SDS before the beginning of the semester for information on how to register for services and submit the appropriate documentation. For more information, please contact our offices at (210) 458-4157 (Main Campus) or (210) 458-2945 (Downtown Campus) or visit our Web site at http://utsa.edu/disability/.
UTSA does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Students seeking accommodations must go through Student Disability Services.
The mission of the UTSA University Career Center is to assist students and alumni in identifying and developing the skills necessary to pursue their lifelong career goals. The Center provides comprehensive career planning, job search, and employment-related services for students and alumni. We have offices at both the main and downtown campuses. All students are encouraged to take advantage of the many services provided.
Career planning helps students define and explore options that are compatible with their individual goals and abilities. Career planning can also help determine their college major and further clarify options that are available in a chosen field. The professional staff in the Career Center are committed to student success and offer a wide range of career resources and tools.
Individual career counseling is available to discuss any aspect of career development. Several online self-assessments are available to explore interests, values, and personality in terms of potential careers. Career counselors help interpret the assessment results and provide support throughout the career development process.
The University Career Center maintains an online job database called RowdyJobs that has current job postings for work study, part-time jobs (on- and off-campus), paid and unpaid internships, co-ops, and full-time professional jobs. The job postings are updated daily and students can apply for the jobs online through the RowdyJobs job bank. Students can also use the Online Résumé Wizard in the RowdyJobs to create a résumé or upload their existing résumé to apply for positions or for employers to view and download. To access the job bank, go to http://utsa.edu/careercenter/
Personal Career Planning Course
The University Career Center staff offers a for-credit course called COU 2103 Personal Career Planning and Occupational Exploration, which is an excellent opportunity to explore career and life planning with a focus on issues and obstacles that can impact career choices. Personal Career Planning includes thorough self-assessment, including interests, personality, values clarification, and skills identification as they relate to occupational choices. COU 2103 is recommended for undecided and undeclared majors or students seeking to change majors or career paths.
Professional Development Workshops
A variety of professional development workshops are offered each semester, including topics such as résumé writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies, dressing for success, salary negotiation and business etiquette.
Students and alumni can e-mail a résumé or can schedule an appointment to meet with a career counselor for a résumé review and/or final editing. Walk in appointments are scheduled every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. for short, 20-30 minute sessions with a career counselor for résumé reviews or simple career related questions and support.
Group and Individual Mock Interviews
Practice makes perfect! Appointments for individual mock interviews can be scheduled with one of the professional staff members who will assist with preparation for the real thing. Additionally, group mock interviews are offered at different scheduled times to give students and alumni the opportunity to practice interview questions with our partner employers.
Career Fairs and Business Etiquette Dinners
Multiple career fairs are held each semester. Attended by hundreds of employers from a variety of disciplines, these events offer information about employment opportunities for full- and part-time jobs, internships and more. Business Etiquette dinners teach students how to conduct themselves at business lunches and dinners, which is especially important as it is part of the interview process. Skills learned here will last a lifetime.
The University Career Center partners with thousands of employers throughout the United States to post jobs and recruit students and alumni for employment opportunities. The RowdyJobs database allows employers to post vacancies, search résumés and schedule interviews.
Dozens of employers come to campus each year to interview UTSA students and alumni for internship, co-op, and full-time professional positions. Scheduled interview sessions are posted on the Career Center Web site. Students and alumni may submit a résumé to the employer and, if selected for an interview, can sign up for an appointment via the RowdyJobs system.
Students and alumni can visit online with a career professional about any aspect of career exploration or a job search. CHAT is available Monday–Friday from 1:00–5:00 p.m. via the Web site.
For more information about these and the many other tools and resources offered by the University Career Center, please visit either campus location (Main Campus: UC 2.02.04, Downtown Campus: MNT 1.162), call (210) 458-4589 for the Main Campus location or (210) 458-2910 for the Downtown Campus location, or visit the Web site at http://utsa.edu/careercenter/.
Educational benefits are available to veterans, dependents of veterans, and personnel actively serving in the United States Armed Forces. The UTSA Veterans Certification Office provides the required forms and information regarding educational benefits available to eligible veterans and their dependents. Offices are located at both the Main Campus, MH 3.01.26, (210) 458-4540, and at the Downtown Campus, FS 1.504, (210) 458-2077. Information is also available on the Internet at http://utsa.edu/va/.
Students receiving veteran's assistance are responsible for understanding and meeting the academic standards of progress required of all Veterans Administration (VA) recipients. These standards are set by VA regulations and are monitored by the Texas Veterans Commission.
All students receiving GI Bill educational benefits must send all post-secondary educational institution transcripts to the UTSA Office of Admissions for evaluation of prior credit. Current and former military members must send a copy of their military transcripts to the University before certification.
VetSucess Program On Campus
The VetSuccess on Campus program is a collaborative effort between UTSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the purpose of providing a supportive on-campus environment for student Veterans. Services provided will enable student Veterans to make a smooth transition to college life and successfully complete their educational programs.
The VA has placed two full-time, experienced Vocational Counselors on the UTSA campus. These counselors will serve as “one-stop liaisons” for Veterans, active duty military and their eligible family members who attend or plan to attend UTSA.
For more information go to the Veterans Affairs Web site: http://utsa.edu/va/.
The Welcome Centers are a part of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and serve as the front door to our university at each campus. On the Main Campus, the Welcome Center has its own location apart from the Admissions Office, while the Downtown Campus Welcome Center is part of the Admissions Office. The centers provide campus visitors and prospective students with general UTSA information, college information, admission materials, campus maps, and directions. Campus walking tours are also provided, as well as special group visits for high schools, colleges, and outreach groups. In addition, various on-campus recruitment events are also hosted throughout the year.
The Main Campus Welcome Center is located on the ground floor of the Bauerle Road Garage, room 0.316, in the northwest corner. At the Downtown Campus, The Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Welcome Center is located on the first floor of the Frio Street Building, room 1.528. For more information visit the UTSA Welcome Center Web site or call (210) 458-5145 (Main Campus) or (210) 458-2000 (Downtown Campus).
There are fifty-one release or walk-up devices with twenty-two of them at remote locations (fifteen are color). These serve as printers/copiers that are available for student use and are located on the Main and Downtown campuses. These devices are capable of making 8½ x 11, 8½ x 14 and 11 x 17 with a cost per page of $0.06, $0.12, and $0.15 ($0.09 and $0.18 for duplex) respectively, for black and white copies and $0.24 ($0.36 duplex) for color copies. If you require assistance, please go to http://one.utsa.edu/sites/oit/OITConnect/scs/Pages/default.aspx.
For specialty paper for résumés and charts, use the UPS Store in the University Center. In 2014, Mobile Printing for students will be introduced to UTSA.
All found property that is turned in to the University Police Lost & Found is stored at the University Police Lost & Found for 60 days. After 60 days, the found property is transferred to the Surplus Property Department for public auctions or further disposition.
To report lost property items, call (210) 458-4242. To claim found property items, individuals must present a valid Texas Driver’s license, UTSA photo ID card or a valid photo ID card from another source; military ID or another state photo ID card. Individuals must be able to accurately describe the property that was lost in order to claim property from the lost and found section.
The Office of Student Life develops and directs the activities of several areas at UTSA, including the Child Development Center, the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the Office of Student Activities, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Office of Student Leadership Development, the Special Events Center and the University Center. More information is available by calling (210) 458-4720 or visiting the Student Life Web site.
UTSA’s Child Development Center, located off UTSA Boulevard on the southwest side of the Main Campus, serves the early childhood educational needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers whose parents are full-time UTSA students, staff, or faculty. The Center can house 96 children, with spaces for classrooms, a gross motor skills room, and outdoor play areas. The Center is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. More information on the Center can be obtained by calling (210) 458-6364 or visiting the Child Development Center Web site: http://utsa.edu/cdc/.
The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion located on the Main Campus facilitates experiences that provide students with a sense of place and belonging while preparing them to be responsible, engaged citizens in a rapidly changing global environment. The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion advances that mission through outreach and programming that promotes cultural appreciation and by facilitating meaningful involvement through volunteer service activities. The center coordinates volunteer service and service-learning opportunities for the campus community. Additionally, the center identifies and develops ways to foster a civil and respectful campus climate in which all members of the campus community feel safe, welcome and valued. More information on events and activities can be obtained by calling 210-458-4770 or visiting the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion Web site.
At UTSA, students have a choice of on-campus housing options. Opening in Fall 2013, UTSA will debut its newest residential facility–San Saba Hall. This facility, along with Laurel Village and Chaparral Village, are owned and managed by UTSA. Campus Living Villages (CLV), a for-profit privately owned company, owns and operates both Chisholm Hall and University Oaks Apartments pursuant to a long-term, ground lease with the University. A student choosing one of these two options is contracting with a private company (CLV), not the University. All on-campus housing is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after they are admitted to UTSA.
If a student applies for on-campus housing, UTSA is entitled to check the student’s criminal history record. If information contained in the record is used to deny on-campus housing to the student, the student will be notified.
Campus Residence Hall (UTSA)
All 618 San Saba residents will have private rooms with a connecting shared bathroom. UTSA Housing will provide three living learning communities in San Saba Hall; Honors College Housing, the Leadership and Service Lifestyle Floor, and the Engineering Living/Learning Community. All of these housing options provide residents with the opportunity to live in communities with other like-minded residents. All residents are required to purchase a meal plan. For questions regarding Honors College Housing, contact the Honors College at (210) 458-4106 or email@example.com. For questions about Engineering Housing, contact Brandy Alger at (210) 458-5069. For information about Leadership Housing, contact the Student Leadership Center at (210) 458-7968. Anyone interested in any of these communities should apply online at the Office of Housing and Residence Life Web site.
Chaparral Village and Laurel Village provide living accommodations to approximately 1,680 students in 2-or 4-private-bedroom units. Each fully furnished unit has a living room and a kitchenette with a microwave, sink and full-sized refrigerator. Rates include extended basic cable, wireless and broadband high-speed Internet, and free laundry. There are several community centers that include laundry facilities, study rooms, full-size kitchens, and recreational/program areas. The City Centers have room for larger gatherings, a computer laboratory, and conference room. Other amenities include basketball courts and a swimming pool. Residential Learning Communities are also available for students. Residents must purchase a meal plan. For more information, call (210) 458-6200, or apply online at the Office of Housing and Residence Life Web site.
Chisholm Hall is a traditional-style residence hall that offers 365-square-foot double- and single-occupancy furnished rooms with private baths and large closets. Utilities include electricity, extended basic cable and Internet access. The facility has a community kitchen and lounge. Meal plans are optional. The Activity Center has an indoor lap pool, digital surround-sound theater with gaming outlets, and computer lab. For further information, contact the office at 1-800-377-6933, or complete an application and contract online.
University Oaks Apartments offers five different floor plans with private bedrooms, full-service kitchens, and dining areas. Amenities include three swimming pools and hot tubs, three laundry centers, sand volleyball courts, a basketball court, and limited-access gates. There is a student clubhouse (Phase 2) and a computer lab (Phase 3). Rates include an electricity allowance, Internet, and extended basic cable. Meal plans are optional. For further information, contact the office at 1-800-377-6933, or complete an application and deposit form online.
Although it does not make recommendations regarding off-campus housing options, the Office of Student Life does make information available to help students find accommodations in the San Antonio area. You may contact the Office of Student Life, located in UC 2.02.18, for off-campus housing information at (210) 458-4720, or e-mail them at StudentLife@utsa.edu.
Students also are strongly encouraged to research the safety of the neighborhoods and/or apartment complexes in which they are considering living. Information regarding crime statistics can be found online (including San Antonio Crime Reports; KENS 5 Police Calls) or by contacting local law enforcement (including UTSA Police Department, San Antonio Police Department, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office).
Special Events Center
The Special Events Center coordinates university-wide events such as UTSA commencement ceremonies, Fall Convocation, and the Who’s Who Recognition Ceremony. It is also the home to the UTSA Ambassadors and Honors Alliance. The Ambassador Program has 60-70 volunteer members each year who provide over 8,000 hours of service to the University each year by giving tours of the Main and Downtown campuses and assisting administrators and faculty in hosting events. Honors Alliance is a student organization that strives to collaborate with members of various honor societies across campus. Honors Alliance inducts approximately 75 members each semester from various collegiate honor societies and provides over 1,500 hours of service to the San Antonio community through food drives, holiday toy drives, Habitat for Humanity, MS Society volunteer opportunities, and Haven for Hope to name a few.
The Special Events Center is located in the University Center at UC 1.224. For more information on the UTSA Ambassadors, contact the Special Events Center at (210) 458-6110 or visit the Web site: http://utsa.edu/sec/.
The Honors Alliance Office is located in the University Center at UC 1.228. For more information, contact the Honors Alliance Office at (210) 458-7273 or visit the Web site: http://utsahonorsalliance.org.
The Office of Student Activities (located at both the Main and Downtown campuses) provides the University’s diverse student population with a broad range of programs in a student-centered learning environment. Programs and services include student organizations, campus-wide events, fraternity and sorority life, risk management education, student government, campus activities board, leadership development, cultural events, and annual student recognition programs. Staff members work with students to help tap their potential in a way that will allow them to complete their education by getting involved in a campus activity, club, or organization.
With over 250 student organizations, UTSA provides a dynamic campus student life. Students can become involved in a variety of organizations, including academic clubs, honorary organizations, social organizations, Greek fraternities and sororities, professional organizations, and special interest groups. Student leaders are integral to the planning of many activities on campus including, Homecoming, campus festivals such as Fiesta UTSA, Best Fest, Roadrunner Days, and many other programs.
There is something for everyone and participation in activities, programs, and services is encouraged at both the UTSA Main and Downtown campuses. More information on events and activities can be obtained by calling (210) 458-4160 or visiting the Student Activities’ Web site at http://utsa.edu/sa/.
The Office of Student Leadership Development creates and coordinates leadership development opportunities for UTSA students. This office serves as a resource both for students that are interested in enhancing their leadership skills and student organizations needing to address specific organizational issues. Programs include, but are not limited to, the Distinguished Lecture Series, Networking Lunches and Leader Summit. This office is located in the University Center on the first floor of UCIII directly under the Roost. More information on events and activities can be obtained by calling (210) 458-7967.
The University Center (UC), located on the Main Campus, is the focal point for programs, meetings, dining, and relaxation first for students and then for faculty, staff, and University guests.
Space dedicated to student activities and student organizations consists of the Student Activities Complex and Student Organization Complex with cubicles for student organizations, offices for the Student Activities staff, offices for the Campus Activities Board, the Student Government Association, the Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service (VOICES), Honors Alliance, the Greek Councils, and the University Center Program Council (UCPC).
The UCPC (advised by UC Programs) offers regularly scheduled activities in the University Center throughout the week and special programs throughout the semester. Activities include Coffeehouse Wednesdays, which feature acoustic concerts, Open Mic Nights and Poetry Jams, UCinema movie nights with free popcorn as well as barbecues, karaoke, casino nights and game nights.
Many other University departments are in the UC: Alumni Programs, Associate Dean of Students, University Career Center, Events Management & Conference Services, the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion, the Office of Student Life & Dean of Students, the Office of Student Activities, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Special Events Center, the Student Leadership Center and UC Administration.
The UC is also home to a wide range of services and amenities to support daily campus life:
- Campus Technology Store: featuring service and academic pricing for both PC and Apple hardware, software, and peripherals
- Rios Golden Cut Salon: a full-service salon for men and women
- Frost Bank Financial Center: three ATMs and a full-service bank with hours and services designed for the University community
- The UPS Store: offering complete mail and shipping services including UPS and U.S. Mail as well as mailbox rental, document duplication, binding, lamination, posters, banners, etc.
- The Roadrunner Express Retail Center: offering discounted testing supplies (SCANTRONs, PARSCOREs, blue books, pens and pencils) at convenient hours as well as discounted movie tickets, Fiesta Texas tickets, a Ticketmaster® outlet, unique spirit items and the University’s official homecoming t-shirt
- The Princeton Review: offering a variety of test prep services designed to provide students with a personalized preparation experience that fits the students’ learning style, schedule and budget. Offers preparation for a variety of graduate school entrance exams including the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, and DAT/OAT at a 10% discount to UTSA students
- Information Center: providing directions and answering general questions about the campus and San Antonio area
- The Roost: UTSA’s student game room with billiards, table tennis, air hockey, foosball, board games, four 42-inch flat screens for video game play and an extensive student-selected video game library for Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii
- Gallery 23: an art gallery in the University Center to showcase student, faculty, staff work as well as the work of local and national artists. Three to four shows per year
- The UTSA Bookstore: your official source for textbooks, UTSA apparel and gifts
- Dining: brand name eateries including Panda Express, Taco Cabana, Starbucks, Burger King, Subway and Chili’s Too.
For more information, contact the University Center at (210) 458-4735 or visit the UC Web site at http://utsa.edu/uctr/.
Business Auxiliary Services serves The University of Texas at San Antonio through the bookstore, dining, parking, transportation, vending, and the UTSACARD office. Our mission is to provide quality products and services with integrity, honesty, and professionalism. We are committed to enhancing the campus experience.
Dining facilities are available in the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building, the Business Building, the John Peace Library Building, the Recreation Center, Roadrunner Café, and the University Center at the Main Campus; the Frio Street Building houses dining facilities at the Downtown Campus. Menu selections vary by location and venues may include entrees and vegetables, burgers, pizza, pasta, grilled sandwiches, desserts, and beverages. UTSA’s Roadrunner Café, which provides dining for residents of campus housing and other students on UTSA’s meal plan, is also open to the public for a fixed price. Visit http://utsa.edu/dining to view more information concerning meal plans and rates.
Parking on all UTSA campuses requires either 1) the purchase of a UTSA parking permit, or 2) the payment of an hourly fee at a short-term parking space. Many parking permit options are available to best fit individual needs. For more parking information, including permit types, prices, and parking locations, go to http://utsa.edu/parking.
Disabled Veteran Parking
Upon registration and proper notification to Business Auxiliary Services, Disabled Veterans, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients, Former Prisoners of War, Pearl Harbor Survivors, and Purple Heart Recipients, whose vehicles display the special license plates issued by the Texas Department of Transportation or by another state, are exempt from the payment of fees at paid short-term surface parking and are further exempt from the payment of fees for any University surface parking permit for which they are otherwise eligible, in accordance with State law. This privilege applies to the veteran only and not to anyone else driving the vehicle. This parking privilege does not apply apply to (1) a parking space or area located in a controlled access parking facility if at least 50 percent of the number of parking spaces or areas designated specifically for persons with physical disabilities on the property of the institution of higher education are located outside a controlled access parking facility; (2) an area temporarily designated for special event parking; or an area where parking is temporarily prohibited for health or safety concerns.
Shuttle bus service is available on the Main Campus from selected outlying parking lots to the core of campus. Off-campus shuttle bus service is also available for nearby apartment complexes who participate in this program. Information is available online at http://utsa.edu/transportation.
VIA buses provide transportation between the Main Campus and the Downtown Campus on routes 93 or 94. Routes 603, 605 and 660 also service the Main Campus. Students, faculty, and staff may ride on any of these routes by paying normal fares or by purchasing a discounted VIA pass. VIA passes include a Monthly Big Pass, a Half-Fare Big Pass if qualified, or a student Semester Pass. For more VIA bus information, go to www.viainfo.net.
The UTSA Main Campus Bookstore is located on the first floor of the University Center; the Downtown Campus Bookstore is located on the first floor of the Buena Vista Street Building. The bookstores maintain a complete inventory of required and recommended books for courses, as well as general school supplies, writing instruments, art materials, soft goods, decals, greeting cards, graduation rings, and a variety of gift items. A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a University-affiliated bookstore (Texas Education Code, § 51.9705; 19 TAC 4.214 et seq.). The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.
Information regarding required or recommended textbooks and other course materials, if any, is available on the Schedule of Classes on ASAP (https://asap.utsa.edu/). The book title, author, International Standard Book Number (ISBN), edition and price is provided for each class section.
The UTSACard is a photo identification and all-campus declining balance card. With a prepaid debit account (Rowdy Dollars), it can be used at various locations campus-wide. All UTSA students are required to obtain a current UTSACard with their student identification number. It is mandatory that the UTSACard is carried at all times while on University property. This card is required to access various UTSA facilities, including student computer laboratories, the Recreation Center, and Student Health Services. In order to have a UTSACard processed, present a driver’s license, state identification card, passport, or military ID card. A $3 nonrefundable ID card fee is assessed each semester at the time of registration at UTSA. A $10 fee is charged for replacing an ID card when lost, stolen, or damaged through neglect. The card is valid as long as the student remains enrolled at UTSA. Students must obtain the card in person at the UTSACard Office on the first floor of the Multidisciplinary Studies Building (MS 1.01.52) at the Main Campus (210) 458-4639, or in the Frio Street Building (FS 1.506) at the Downtown Campus, (210) 458-2965. For more information, visit the http://utsa.edu/utsacard.
UTSA fields men’s and women’s teams for intercollegiate competition in Division I of the NCAA. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track and tennis. Women’s sports are basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. UTSA is a member of Conference USA, a NCAA FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) conference.
All currently enrolled students receive free admission to any on-campus UTSA athletic event.
Since 1977, the UTSA Alumni Association promotes UTSA and its 96,000 alumni by supporting academic, athletic, and alumni events and activities. Moreover, the association is building pride and tradition among the University’s students and alumni, as well as the San Antonio community.
The UTSA Alumni Association is an incorporated, 501(c)(3) organization in the State of Texas. As a dues-paying membership organization, it is governed by a 27-member elected board of directors. The Office of Alumni Relations located on the UTSA campus manages the daily operations of the Alumni Association.
Alumni and friends can join as annual members. At the time of graduation, new graduates are given their first year membership and are asked to make their first gift by signing over their UTSA property deposit to the association. Members have access to a wide variety of exclusive benefits including: UTSA football loyalty points, professional networking events, discounted campus Recreation Center membership, low cost insurance, and shopping discounts.
As part of this, the association publishes alumni interest articles and class notes in the Sombrilla, and sends a monthly electronic newsletter. Alumni can join the association, volunteer for a variety of activities, search for other alumni, and register for events on the Web site: http://alumni.utsa.edu/. Popular alumni gear such as the UTSA Ring, diploma frames, and Pave the Paseo bricks are also available on the Web site.
In addition, the Alumni Association fosters life-long learning for alumni by giving them access to the University Career Center, the Center for Professional Excellence, and travel opportunities. Membership in the association also gives members access to discounts for extended education courses at UTSA as well as GMAT, LSAT, and GRE preparation workshops.
Lastly, the Alumni Association serves its future alumni by providing scholarships to UTSA students. The Alumni Association Endowment Fund has surpassed $1,000,000 which allows the Association to award more scholarships. Since the scholarship fund was established in 1982, the Association has awarded over $865,000 in scholarships.
Alumni-sponsored activities include:
- The Alumni Gala (Summer)
- The Diploma Dash® 5K Run/City Championship Race (Spring)
- Tailgate (Fall)
- The UTSA Ring
- Annual recognition of the the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award, Alumnus of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Faculty
- Homecoming activities, college events, and networking opportunities for alumni and students
As UTSA grows, it needs the support of its alumni and friends more than ever. Members of the Alumni Association can get involved with their alma mater as we build pride and tradition at UTSA.