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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 serves the San Antonio metropolitan area and South Texas through programs and services accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. UTSA has more than 30,000 students enrolled in more than 140 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs.

In 2009, UTSA was recognized as one of the state’s emerging research universities, the first step in becoming Tier One in Texas. Tier One universities are known for outstanding research, quality education and generating major economic contributions to the region.

UTSA is well on its way to achieving Tier One status. Focusing on research, academic excellence and international reach, UTSA is attracting top talent and partnering with local, regional and state organizations. A Tier One UTSA will further help San Antonio fulfill its vision to become a viable player in the global market, strengthening the economy of the city, region and state.

The University of Texas at San Antonio ranks No. 7 in the nation in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanics, according to 2013 Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine rankings.

UTSA is ranked by Times Higher Education as one top 100 universities under 50 years old.

The university continues to make great strides in its five areas of research and academic excellence: health, energy and the environment, security, sustainability, and human and social development. To that end, the university partners with a variety of local research organizations and maintains research collaborations across the nation and abroad.

With research and sponsored programs expenditures totaling $78 million in fiscal year 2012, UTSA has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University – High Research Activity.

The university provides access and opportunity for large numbers of historically underserved students. More than 61 percent of UTSA's students come from groups underrepresented in higher education. Many students are the first in their families to attend a college or university.

This year, more than 5,500 students will graduate from UTSA, joining more than 100,000 Roadrunner alumni who are making Texas and the world a better place.

 

 

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, reflected in more than 50 percent growth in enrollment over the last decade.

Created by the Texas Legislature in 1969, UTSA enrolled its first students in 1973. In its short history, the university has grown to enrollment of more than 30,000 students and three campuses: the Main Campus in northwest San Antonio with more than 30 buildings for teaching, research and student life on 725 acres; the Downtown Campus with four buildings on 18 acres; and the HemisFair Park Campus, home of the Institute of Texan Cultures, a museum with 45,000 square feet of exhibit space and five re-creation Texas frontier structures.

UTSA educates students from all 50 states, three U.S. territories and more than 85 countries. Historically, UTSA has been less expensive than other Texas public universities in major metropolitan areas. Undergraduate tuition and fees for the 2013–2014 academic year totaled $9,082, based on 15 credit hours for each of two semesters.

Outside of the classroom, students can choose from more than 308 student organizations. The UTSA Recreation Center boasts the tallest indoor rock-climbing wall at a Texas college. The university also offers students on-campus housing and an expanded University Center.

In 2008, the University of Texas Board of Regents granted the university permission to expand athletics with the addition of an NCAA Division I football program. UTSA played its first football game in the Alamodome on September 3, 2011, with record-breaking NCAA opening-game attendance of 56,743 and record-breaking average home-game attendance of 35,521.

UTSA accepted an invitation to join Conference USA (C-USA), and the Roadrunners officially became members in July 2013. UTSA’s NCAA Division I program has a winning legacy of 70 conference championships since its inception in 1981.

According to a 2009 study, UTSA generates more than $1.2 billion in annual business revenue and supports more than 15,700 jobs in the San Antonio area. Approximately 86 percent of UTSA graduates remain in Texas, adding an estimated $4.8 billion in earnings alone to the state economy. Nearly 70 percent of alumni remain in the San Antonio metropolitan area.