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Marks of Excellence

Our Commitment to Access and Excellence in Education


UTSA is providing access to academic excellence now and will continue to improve in the future through an educational experience of the highest quality, taught by the best faculty our nation can offer in an environment that allows students to succeed.

We are working to educate more students, align programs and services to improve graduation rates and learning outcomes and chart a course to expand research and creative endeavors.

UTSA provides a wide variety of quality programs and services designed to support student success and enrich learning and living experiences. We are committed to helping students reach their educational, personal, and professional aspirations.

  • The College of Architecture ranks first in the nation in awarding degrees to Hispanic students
  • The College of Business is the largest business school in The University of Texas System and is nationally ranked by Princeton Review, BusinessWeek and HispanicBusiness
  • The College of Engineering ranks nationally for producing the highest number of Hispanic engineers
  • U.S. News and World Report ranked UTSA’s College of Engineering No. 46 in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the United States.
  • The College of Education and Human Development is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area
  • The College of Liberal and Fine Arts is second in The UT System for external research funding in arts, humanities and social sciences
  • The College of Sciences grants the nation’s highest number of bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students in the biological sciences, and the sixth-highest in mathematics
  • The College of Public Policy’s Center for Policy Studies is among the top five certifying institutions in the U.S. for American Humanics program
  • More than 50 percent of Honors College graduates have been accepted into postgraduate universities and medical and professional schools
  • UTSA is one of only 66 universities in the nation designated as a National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency.
  • Among the top third in the nation for funding in research and sponsored programs
  • Collaborations with San Antonio’s major private, federal and research entities
  • Development of licensed commercial products
  • Incubator for start-up companies in technology and business
  • Nationally acclaimed academic programs and colleges
  • Outstanding, world-renowned faculty

Our Commitment to Research


  • 97% increase in research spending over last 5 years.researchers looking through a microscope
  • 34% increase in research spending from last year.
  • 30% increase in research and sponsored programs from last year.
  • 71% increase in research and sponsored programs over the last five years.
  • UTSA is eighth in the nation for research expenditures among Hispanic serving institutions.
  • UTSA is second in The UT System for research funding in biology, social sciences, arts and humanities, microelectronics and computer technology.
  • UTSA houses the nation's first high-resolution aberration-corrected electron microscope.
  • Received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a computer modeling and visualization center.
  • Received a $13 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide 5 million books to 1,000 elementary school children in Malawi, South Africa.
  • In 2006, UTSA was awarded more than $40.5 million in grants and sponsored programs.
  • UTSA’s new Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research provides information to a network of 45 university, state, regional and municipal agencies. The institute’s Texas State Data Center, led by state demographer Lloyd Potter, provides state population estimates used by state agencies and other organizations for planning purposes.
  • Three UTSA College of Sciences, Department of Biology faculty members were contributors in a U.S. Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Research grant. Karl Klose, Bernard Arulanandam and Hans Heider collaborated in a $48 million grant to fund interdisciplinary research that will lead to new and improved therapies and vaccines to protect against bioterrorism and infectious diseases.
  • UTSA and Brooks City-Base’s Center of Excellence in Biotechnology and Bioprocessing Education and Research (CEBBER) trains both military and civilian personnel for containment in biosafety level three laboratories and bioprocessing to prepare San Antonio as a key contributor of needed expertise to address national biotechnology needs.
  • UTSA is one of 10 institutions nationwide selected to partner in developing a research center for biophotonics, the use of light and other energies to better understand and work with biological materials, such as cells and tissues.
  • UTSA is partnering with two other universities to form one of 12 Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research. The centers are intended as a venue for state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary research into the causes and treatments of Parkinson’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders.