The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a state research university in San Antonio, Texas, United States. It is the largest university in San Antonio, the third-largest of the nine academic institutions in the University of Texas System and the eighth-largest in the state of Texas. It has three campuses with over 747 acres of land and 30,968 students, offering 133 undergraduate, 49 graduate and 22 doctoral programs. In 2012, it was selected by Times Higher Education as one of the best universities in the World under 50 years old.
UTSA serves the San Antonio metropolitan area and the South Texas region through three campuses: the Main Campus, the Downtown Campus in Downtown San Antonio, and the HemisFair Park Campus (Institute Of Texan Cultures). The Main Campus, located about 15 miles northwest of Downtown San Antonio, is on 600 acres (2.4 km2), at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Loop 1604 near the northwestern edge of the city of San Antonio, in Bexar County.
UTSA was ranked No. 53 out of the top 100 universities around the world that have been in existence less than 50 years, according to the London-based higher education publication.Forbes ranked UTSA 632nd overall out of 650 universities in their 2012 list of America's best colleges.
The University of Texas at San Antonio comprises the following colleges:
- Education and Human Development.
- Honors College.
- Liberal and Fine Arts.
- Public Policy.
The College of Architecture ranks first in the nation in awarding degrees to Hispanic students, according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.As of 2012, UTSA has an overall 7% four year graduation rate.
In addition to the educational advantages UTSA offers, the school generates more than $1.2 billion in annual business revenue in San Antonio and directly employs more than 5,000 people.
In a 2007 study released by Academic Analytics, UTSA was ranked fifth for faculty scholarly productivity among other large research universities in the state of Texas.It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a "High Research Activity" university.UTSA is second in the UT System for research funding in biology, social sciences, arts and humanities, microelectronics and computer technology.
UTSA is San Antonio's only NCAA Division I institution with 16 intercollegiate sports including football, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track & field, men's baseball, outdoor track and field, tennis, fencing, women's soccer, women’s softball, and women's volleyball.
UTSA's main rival in most sports is now the Bobcats of Texas State University-San Marcos
; the two schools, separated by about 50 miles (80 km), have been conference rivals since 1991, first in the Southland Conference and then in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for the 2012–13 school year only.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is made up of three distinct campuses.The Main Campus, the oldest and largest of the three, was born out of a 600 acre donation to the University of Texas Board of Regents. It proved to be so controversially remote to the city (at the time) that many San Antonians nicknamed it "University of Texas at Boerne
" or "UT Boerne".The Main Campus opened its doors in 1975. Prior to that, classes were held at the Koger Center
at Babcock Road and Loop 410.
The UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, also in Downtown San Antonio, stands as the third branch of UTSA, holding the Institute of Texan Cultures museum. The ITC (as it is also known) was originally built for HemisFair '68 and turned over to the University of Texas System afterwards. The system designated it as a campus of UTSA in 1986.
It currently serves as a valuable asset for historical research, housing both UTSA's archives and an impressive historic photography collection with over 3,000,000 images.The City of San Antonio is currently developing a long-term strategic plan for HemisFair Park, and the university is still considering multiple options for its own vision of the facility.
At the heart of student life are 256 student organizations that represent a diverse array of niches on campus.Among the most prominent of groups are the sponsored organizations that receive funding from the University Student Services fee. These sponsored student organizations are the only RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) that may use "UTSA" in their name.
With the addition of more on-campus housing in recent years, campus life at UTSA has evolved to become much more active. Before basketball games, tail-gate parties and body painting in the school's colors are common.
There are many traditions as well, including Best Fest and Fiesta UTSA, both are events for students organizations to raise funds while providing entertainment and food to the student body.San Antonio is well known for its tourist spots. In addition to research facilities, tourism and congenial weather/temperatures play important roles in attracting many students to UTSA.