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MISSION: The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service.

As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) offers 161 degree programs and enrolls nearly 29,000 students, including more than 4,000 graduate students. It is a university of first choice for students from Texas, across the nation and 94 countries. More than 58 percent of UTSA students are from underrepresented groups, and 45 percent  of undergraduates are first-generation college students.

UTSA has internationally respected academic programs, award-winning faculty and sophisticated science, technology and recreational facilities, along with recognized arts and humanities programs and diverse, dynamic student life. Increasingly, UTSA is recognized as a leader in higher education and research, and, in 2015, was ranked by Times Higher Education among the top 400 universities in the world.

With research as diverse as its students, the University receives grants from federal, state and local agencies and from private foundations supporting research, public service and training. During fiscal year 2015, UTSA research and sponsored program expenditures totaled over $73 million.

The UTSA faculty includes international research leaders in health, cybersecurity, energy, sustainability, and human and social development. Ninety-nine percent of UTSA’s tenured and tenure-track faculty members have doctorates or terminal degrees.

As an intellectual and creative resource center and a catalyst for socioeconomic development and commercialization of intellectual property for Texas and beyond, The University of Texas at San Antonio is committed to achieving Tier One research university status, providing access to educational excellence and preparing leaders for the global environment

Living in the UTSA Community

The University of Texas at San Antonio is the third-largest academic institution in the prestigious University of Texas System. Located in the seventh-largest city in the nation and second-largest city in Texas, the university has become the regional center for higher education.

Founded by the 61st Texas Legislature on June 5, 1969, UTSA was commissioned as a university of the first class, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through nine colleges and the Graduate School. In 2015, the University celebrated its 46th anniversary.

Until UTSA was established, San Antonio was the only major city in the nation not served by a public university. Leaders, legislators and the public knew that if San Antonio were to achieve its full potential, a university was needed to offer a comprehensive array of courses and degrees.

The University’s first two presidents, Arleigh B. Templeton and Peter T. Flawn, worked diligently to hire faculty, develop a curriculum and library, and finalize plans for a campus to be built on 600 acres near the junction of Interstate 10 and Loop 1604 in northwest San Antonio. At the time of construction from 1972 to 1976, the campus was the largest university construction project in the country, comprising seven major buildings.

In summer 1973, UTSA admitted 671 graduate students and began classes taught by 52 faculty members in leased facilities at the Koger Center. Master’s degrees were offered in business administration, education, bicultural-bilingual studies, English as a second language, environmental management, Spanish, biology, mathematics and systems design. In 1974, UTSA’s enrollment reached 1,171, and 82 students received master’s degrees in the first Commencement in August.

In September 1975, UTSA began classes at the Main Campus with more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The first Commencement ceremony with both undergraduate and graduate students took place in May 1976 with 46 receiving bachelor’s degrees and 184 receiving master’s degrees. In spring 2014, the University marked the graduation of its 100,000th student.

Throughout the 1980s, UTSA experienced rapid growth while James W. Wagener served as president. New buildings were added and degree programs developed as the campus took on much of its present character. In February 1986, the UT System designated the Institute of Texan Cultures a UTSA campus.

In 1990, UTSA’s fourth president, Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, began a new phase of university history by initiating a comprehensive strategic planning process and securing funds for construction. In 1997, UTSA opened the Downtown Campus adjacent to Interstate 35 and historic Cattleman’s Square.

In 1999, Ricardo Romo became UTSA’s fifth president and ushered in a new era of community involvement and academic excellence. A native of San Antonio, Romo expanded the University’s commitment to providing access to higher education, while guiding UTSA to better integrate the Main, Downtown and HemisFair Park campuses.

In recent years, UTSA acquired 125 acres near the Main Campus, UTSA Park West, to accommodate athletics facilities, and increased the Downtown Campus to 18 acres. The University also expanded its University Center and student housing. Today, campus activities and programs are hosted by more than 330 student organizations. In fall 2015, over 3,500 students lived in on-campus residence halls.

In 2010, the University installed one of the world’s most powerful electron microscopes, opened the first bookless library on a U.S. college or university campus and signed a $50 million agreement with CPS Energy to conduct sustainable energy research. Also, UTSA received its largest gift from an individual – an estimated $28 million from the estate of Mary E. McKinney that will fund UTSA scholarships in perpetuity.





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