FAST FACTS 2017
UTSA is the university of the 21st century. There has never been a more exciting time to be at UTSA. Our academics have never been stronger. Our research has never been greater. Our student life has never been more energized. Through a shared commitment to excellence, we have built a world-class organization and gained recognition as one of the top 400 universities in the world. UTSA is an emerging Tier One research institution. If you visit one of our three campuses, youâ€™ll experience a vibrant university community. Today, we serve nearly 29,000 students, including more than 4,100 graduate students, and more than 112,000 alumni. Our university is built on cultural diversity, top-tier students and world-class faculty, and an environment where innovation and discovery thrive. The university is also home to robust research programs in health, cybersecurity, energy, sustainability, and human and social development. This year, we added more than three dozen researchers to our faculty, bright minds from top institutions such as Stanford, Cornell, Dartmouth and NYU. We are currently recruiting six additional cybersecurity researchers, and an endowed professor to expand our brain health initiative. At the same time, we are broadening our outreach programs. These initiatives, which span teaching and research, public service, volunteerism, civic partnerships and economic development, are making a positive and lasting impact on our local and global communities. Yet more great things lie ahead. We will continue to advance to Tier One status, focusing on transformational student experiences, impactful research, enriched community service, improved business processes and infrastructure, and greater recognition and esteem. Learn more about UTSA by visiting online at www.utsa.edu or by connecting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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U T S A at a GL A N C E
28,959 Total Students
First-time Freshmen who Graduated in Top Quartile in High School
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid
$56.8 MILLION Research Expenditures
Library Resources (Print, Online and Audiovisual)
$533.3 MILLION Total Budget
Local Annual Economic Impact
Tier One matters to Texas. Tier One universities are nationally recognized for their excellence in educating students and for their groundbreaking research programs. They are measured by their regional economic contributions and the qualitative ways they improve the lives of individuals locally and around the world. In 1969, the Texas Legislature established UTSA as a “university of the first class.” Since that time, UTSA has transformed the lives of more than 112,000 alumni and changed the world with its research and outreach programs. In 2009, the Texas Legislature recognized the state’s need for more Tier One universities by passing House Bill 51. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board identified eight universities including UTSA with the momentum and potential to achieve Tier One recognition. Today, UTSA is home to nearly 29,000 students and top-tier research programs in health, cybersecurity, energy, sustainability, and human and social development. Overall, these programs generate more than $1.2 billion in economic impact to San Antonio and the surrounding region.
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 to 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.
Vision To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
Core Values We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.
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UTSA’s campuses offer unique opportunities to learn, discover and grow. Main Campus The 600-acre Main Campus is the hub of UTSA and home to students nearly every hour of the day and night. It includes the College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, Honors College, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and University College. It also features the University Center, the Convocation Center, about 350 student organizations, residence halls, two libraries and a variety of food options. The adjoining Park West Athletics Complex sits on 125 acres near the Main Campus and features a soccer stadium and a track and field complex.
Downtown Campus The Downtown Campus, located in the heart of San Antonio’s business, social and cultural scenes, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Public Policy and the College of Education and Human Development. Approximately one-third of UTSA’s graduate students take classes at the Downtown Campus. The urban campus is home to many of the university’s community outreach programs and extended education offerings and serves as a convenient location for hosting communitywide events.
Hemisfair Campus The Hemisfair Campus is home to the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. The museum produces exhibits, programs and events that examine and celebrate culture in Texas. It also facilitates field trips, teacher training and curriculum development. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the museum hosts exclusive artifacts and educational programs from the Smithsonian Institution for the benefit of the people of Texas.
San Antonio San Antonio offers unique dining, shopping and entertainment options. Visitors also will enjoy the iconic River Walk, historical landmarks, amusement parks, a lively art scene, museums, performing arts stages, sporting events and annual festivals. Parks, wilderness trails and natural areas offer added opportunities for bicycle riding, hiking, canoeing and running.
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ACCO L A D E S One of the top 400 universities in the world and one of the top 5 young universities in the nation - Times Higher Education
No. 1 cybersecurity program in the nation - Hewlett-Packard/Ponemon Institute
One of the top two graduate cybersecurity programs in the nation - Universities.com
No. 1 Hispanic Serving Institution in the U.S. and one of the top 5 undergraduate business schools in Texas - Bloomberg Businessweek
One of the “Best of the Best” U.S. universities for minorities, veterans, females, individuals with disabilities and LGBT students - Hispanic Network Magazine
No. 8 in the nation in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students - Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
Among an elite group of U.S. universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification - Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense, Information Assurance Education and Information Assurance Research - National Security Agency & U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Member -National Academy of Inventors
UTSA is a university of first choice for students from Texas, the nation and 94 countries. UTSA prides itself on its diverse student population. More than 60 percent of UTSA students are from underrepresented groups. Nearly half (45 percent) of UTSA undergraduates will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, transfer students comprise about 37 percent of UTSA’s total undergraduate population. Further enhancing an already diverse student population is UTSA’s military community, which makes up approximately 10 percent of total students. It includes active duty military members, veterans, and their spouses and dependents.
Fall 2016 Enrollment by Gender Female
Fall 2016 Enrollment by Residence Other Texas Counties
Fall 2016 Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity Hispanic
Two or More Races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander American Indian Total
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UTSA’s rich traditions, campus amenities and location in the nation’s seventh-largest city offer a vibrant environment for students and their families. Student Activities UTSA offers about 350 officially registered student organizations including student government, academic clubs, social and professional organizations, fraternities and sororities, cultural groups and service groups. Attend Roadrunner Days, Homecoming, Fiesta UTSA or any of UTSA’s other campus celebrations. Students also have access to Campus Recreation, a 117,000-square-foot center located on the Main Campus. It offers weights and cardio equipment, group exercise classes, outdoor pursuits, club and intramural sports, and aquatics. A second fitness center is located at the Downtown Campus.
Athletics Go ’Runners! The UTSA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 17 sports at the NCAA Division I level as a member of Conference USA: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s volleyball. UTSA students receive free admission to all home athletics events. The Roadrunners have claimed three conference commissioner’s cups for best overall athletics performance and more than 70 league championships. UTSA has served as a host institution for 17 NCAA Championship events since 1997, including five Final Fours.
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UTSA offers students a top-tier education through 165 degree programs. The university places a strong emphasis on preparing students to excel in a global economy in any career they choose. Degree programs encourage the discovery of new knowledge and innovation. UTSA students may work alongside leading researchers, as early as their freshman year, to address todayâ€™s most pressing global challenges. As a result, the number of inventions developed at UTSA by faculty and students has grown dramatically over the last few years.
Fall 2016 Enrollment by College Liberal and Fine Arts
Education and Human Development
Public Policy Architecture, Construction and Planning No College (not seeking degree + Translational Sciences) Total Enrollment
Fall 2016 Enrollment by Degree Programs Undergraduate
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University College University College provides the foundational academic experience for students to explore what the university has to offer. First-year-in-college students and freshman transfer students participate in University Collegeâ€™s FirstYear Experience, a program that helps new students make connections academically and socially on campus. At the core of the First-Year Experience is the Peer Mentor Program, which pairs first-year students with dedicated and experienced upperclassmen who have been specially trained to help new students make the transition to university life. Through the University Peer Mentorship experience, new students meet regularly with their assigned peer mentor and participate in a variety of activities and workshops designed to empower first-year students with the knowledge and academic skills required to succeed in college. Peer mentors guide students in balancing social life with academics, developing effective study habits, connecting with other students and navigating the university, which are challenges often faced by first-year students. Peer mentors also are equipped to direct students to specialized academic and social resources. First-year-in-college students also enroll in Academic Inquiry and Scholarship, an undergraduate research skills course. This core course introduces students to the general research and inquiry practices within the humanities/arts, social sciences and natural sciences. For the pinnacle experience of the AIS course, students work in teams to develop a semester-long research project that explores an academic question through the lens of an academic culture. Through this course, students learn essential academic skills that translate to all academic majors: basic research, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility. University College houses several programs that foster student success. The Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for those students whose interests lie in multiple disciplines, and encourages creativity, innovation, critical thinking and integrative learning. The Writing Program helps students develop the strong writing skills that are important for the demands of the academic and professional worlds. The TomĂĄs Rivera Center for Student Success provides innovative academic support services such as learning assistance, supplemental instruction, academic coaching and tutoring to all UTSA students. Lastly, University College includes the Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC programs, which offer the courses required to become a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force or United States Army.
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College of Architecture, Construction and Planning The College of Architecture, Construction and Planning is committed to advancing design and construction of the built environment through interdisciplinary collaboration, innovative construction management strategies, sustainable and ecologically sound processes, and preservation of architectural heritage. Its location at the Downtown Campus facilitates studentsâ€™ exploration of San Antonioâ€™s design, construction, city planning and cultural traditions. Students regularly participate in designbuild and other service-learning projects with local government entities and community groups, earning the college a strong regional reputation for community engagement. Study-abroad experiences in Italy and Spain provide a rich foundation for design and construction applications as well as collaboration with other disciplines.
College of Business The College of Business trains the next generation of business professionals, managers, executive leaders and wealth creators. Its vision is to transform students from the curious and hopeful into confident and career-ready professionals. The college delivers unparalleled value through educational programs that supply students with technical and professional skills that can be implemented immediately in the workplace in high-demand areas. Nationally ranked and recognized, the college is named one of the top 5 undergraduate business programs in Texas by Bloomberg Businessweek and is the top ranked Hispanic Serving Institution. With more than 5,700 students, the college offers a comprehensive curriculum at the undergraduate, masterâ€™s and doctoral levels and unique programming in cybersecurity, data analytics, entrepreneurship, financial services, and real estate finance and development. Hispanic Business and The Princeton Review have each ranked the UTSA M.B.A. program in the top 10 nationally.
College of Education and Human Development The College of Education and Human Development produces educators, administrators, counselors and health professionals with a global perspective on the educational, psychological, social and health needs of communities. It is the leading source of educators in the San Antonio area, with more than 600 teacher educators completing teacher certification and professional certification programs each year. The college is a national and international model in innovative teaching practices, health professional development and binational/bicultural issues. During the past 10 years, the college has secured more than $43 million in external funding for scholarships, academic programs and research. COLLEGES // 13
College of Engineering The College of Engineering prepares students for lifelong learning and careers in engineering professions. It has been ranked for five years in a row among the top 10 best graduate schools for Hispanics. Service activities focus on outreach to K-12 students to support the STEM pipeline. Faculty members and students conduct research leading to innovative technologies in areas such as information security, biomedical systems, multifunctional materials, engineering infrastructure, manufacturing, computational modeling, energy and environmental technology. A bachelor’s degree program in chemical engineering begins in Fall 2017.
College of Liberal and Fine Arts One of UTSA’s most academically diverse colleges and UTSA’s largest with more than 5,900 students, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts contributes to the education of virtually every student at UTSA through its core curriculum, which frequently earns high ratings. COLFA is home to a nationally recognized M.F.A. degree program, a master’s program in philosophy and UTSA’s undergraduate program in medical humanities. In addition to exemplary teaching, the college produces quality research and creative work in the arts, humanities and social sciences. It is a major provider of arts and humanities programming in South Texas with an audience of more than 70,000 guests annually.
Honors College The Honors College serves academically talented undergraduate students in all majors, offering small classes and an intellectually challenging curriculum that prepares them for postgraduate study and leadership in their fields. The college awards nearly $400,000 in scholarships each year. Honors classes include special sections of regular courses with smaller enrollments and interdisciplinary seminars that bring together advanced students from diverse disciplines. Throughout a student’s program of study, the Honors College emphasizes breadth of academic experience. Upper-division honors work typically culminates in a senior honors thesis or senior honors project.
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College of Public Policy The College of Public Policy educates the next generation of public servants working at the local, state, national and international levels. It prepares future leaders to advance public policy and practice that contributes to the public good, and to manage and advocate for better policy solutions to address some of the most critical issues facing the community, nation and world. Faculty and students in the college are engaged in teaching and learning, research, and service initiatives addressing important community issues. Located at the Downtown Campus, the College of Public Policy is in close proximity to government, law enforcement and nonprofit organizations that partner with the university to offer undergraduate and graduate students with internships that help them gain hands-on experience to advance their skills. The college also encourages students to participate in the UTSA Study Abroad Program and events promoting civic engagement.
College of Sciences Committed to innovation and excellence in the classroom and the laboratory, the College of Sciences dedicates its efforts to preparing the next generation of scientists to take their place in the workforce as well-educated, highly trained citizen leaders, and also to increasing scientific literacy within the community. With more than $30 million in annual research expenditures, the College makes significant contributions in many fields including nanotechnology, brain health, stem cells, medicinal drugs, infectious diseases and vaccine development, and cybersecurity, where UTSA ranks number one in the nation.
The Graduate School The UTSA Graduate School is part of a diverse scholarly community that promotes and supports educational advancement through a Professional Development Center and collaborations with a world-class faculty. The Graduate School offers 70 masterâ€™s, 24 doctoral and 23 graduate certificate programs across seven academic colleges.
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9 Undergraduate Certificates »» Athletic Coaching »» Business Analytics »» Data Center Design »» Jazz Studies »» Latin »» Music Technology »» Oil/Gas »» Operations and Supply Chain »» Pathogenic Outbreak Investigations
23 Graduate Certificates »» Applied Behavior Analysis »» Bilingual Reading Specialist »» Business of Health »» Creative Writing »» E-STEM Education »» Environmental Science »» Environmental Sustainability »» Geographic Information Science »» Higher Education Administration »» Historic Preservation »» iSTEM Education »» Keyboard Pedagogy »» Keyboard Performance »» Language Acquisition and Bilingual Psychoeducational Assessment »» Nonprofit Administration and Leadership »» Real Estate Finance and Development »» Rhetoric and Composition »» Spanish Translation Studies »» Special Education Advocacy »» Teaching English as a Second Language »» Technology Entrepreneurship and Management »» Urban and Regional Planning »» Voice Pedagogy
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71 Bachelor’s Degrees College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
»» Mechanical Engineering
»» Architecture »» Construction Science & Management »» Interior Design
College of Liberal and Fine Arts
College of Business
»» Accounting »» Actuarial Science »» Cyber Security »» Economics (B.A. or B.B.A.) »» Entrepreneurship »» Finance »» General Business »» Human Resource Management »» Information Systems »» Management »» Management Science »» Management, International Business »» Marketing »» Real Estate Finance and Development »» Sport, Event and Tourism Management »» Statistics College of Education and Human Development
»» American Studies »» Anthropology »» Art (B.A. or B.F.A.) »» Art History and Criticism »» Classical Studies and Humanities »» Communication »» English »» Geography and Environmental Sustainability »» Global Affairs »» History »» Medical Humanities »» Modern Language Studies »» Music (B.A. or B.M.) »» Philosophy »» Political Science »» Politics and Law »» Psychology »» Public Health (Epidemiology and Disease Control Concentration) »» Sociology »» Spanish College of Public Policy
»» Health »» Infancy and Childhood Studies »» Interdisciplinary Studies »» Kinesiology »» Mexican American Studies »» Multicultural Early Childhood Development »» Nutrition and Dietetics »» Public Health (Health Promotion and Behavioral Science Concentration) »» Women’s Studies College of Engineering
»» Biomedical Engineering »» Civil Engineering »» Computer Engineering »» Electrical Engineering
»» Criminal Justice »» Public Administration College of Sciences
»» Biochemistry »» Biology »» Chemistry (B.A. or B.S.) »» Computer Science »» Environmental Science »» Geology (B.A. or B.S.) »» Mathematics »» Microbiology and Immunology »» Multidisciplinary Science »» Physics (B.A. or B.S.) University College
»» Multidisciplinary Studies
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70 Master’s Degrees College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
»» Architecture (M.S. or M. Arch.) »» Urban and Regional Planning College of Business
»» Accounting »» Applied Statistics »» Business Administration (M.B.A. or M.S.)
»» Business Administration, Business Economics »» Business Administration, Finance »» Business Administration, Information Systems »» Business Administration, Management of Technology »» Business Administration, Management Science »» Business Administration, Marketing Management »» Data Analytics »» Economics »» Executive M.B.A. »» Finance »» Information Technology »» Management of Technology College of Education and Human Development
»» School Psychology »» Teaching English as a Second Language College of Engineering
»» Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering »» Advanced Materials Engineering »» Biomedical Engineering »» Civil Engineering (M.C.E. or M.S.C.E.)
»» Computer Engineering »» Electrical Engineering »» Mechanical Engineering College of Liberal and Fine Arts
»» Anthropology »» Art »» Art History »» Communication »» English »» Geography »» History »» Music »» Philosophy »» Political Science »» Psychology »» Sociology »» Spanish
»» Bicultural-Bilingual Studies »» Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, College of Public Policy Bilingual Education »» Clinical Mental Health »» Criminal Justice and Counseling Criminology »» Dietetics Studies »» Public Administration »» Education »» Social Work »» Education, Curriculum and College of Sciences Instruction »» Applied Mathematics, »» Education, Early Childhood Industrial Mathematics and Elementary »» Education, Reading and Literacy »» Biology »» Biotechnology »» Education, Special Education »» Chemistry »» Educational Leadership and Policy Studies »» Computer Science »» Educational Leadership »» Environmental Science and Policy Studies, Higher »» Geoinformatics Education Administration »» Geology »» Educational Psychology »» Mathematics »» Health and Kinesiology »» Mathematics Education »» School Counseling »» Physics 18 // GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
24 Doctoral Degrees College of Business
College of Engineering
»» Applied Statistics »» Business Administration, Accounting »» Business Administration, Finance »» Business Administration, Information Technology »» Business Administration, Marketing »» Business Administration, Organization and Management Studies
»» Biomedical Engineering »» Electrical Engineering »» Environmental Science and Engineering »» Mechanical Engineering
College of Education and Human Development
»» Counselor Education and Supervision »» Culture, Literacy and Language »» Educational Leadership »» Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
College of Liberal and Fine Arts
»» Anthropology »» English »» Psychology College of Public Policy
»» Applied Demography College of Sciences
»» Biology, Cell and Molecular »» Biology, Neurobiology »» Chemistry »» Computer Science »» Physics The Graduate School
»» Translational Science
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UTSA is one of the most affordable Texas public universities in a major metro area. Fall 2016 Undergraduate Cost of Attendance Texas Residents & Military taking 15 credit hours TUITION & FEES Tuition per semester University-required fees Estimated course fees
$3,149 $1,373 $317
Annual Total (2 semesters)
ANNUAL UNDERGRAD EXPENSE ESTIMATES Books Personal/Miscellaneous expenses Room and board (on campus) Room and board (off campus) Transportation (on campus) Transportation (off campus)
$1,000 $1,836 $11,090 $9,558 $676 $2,760
Annual Total (on campus)
Annual Total (off campus)
Fall 2016 Graduate Cost of Attendance Texas Residents & Military taking 9 credit hours TUITION & FEES Tuition per semester University-required fees Estimated course fees
$2,593 $957 $444
Annual Total (2 semesters)
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68 percent of UTSA undergraduate students are eligible to receive financial aid including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study jobs. Undergraduate Merit Scholarship Programs UTSA TOP SCHOLAR Launched in fall 2013, the UTSA Top Scholar program is a premier scholar program that combines a comprehensive, fouryear, merit-based scholarship with personalized experiences in academics, leadership and service, including a global opportunity, for high-achieving students. Eligible students must be Texas residents who are entering college for the first time. The most competitive students score 1400 or higher on the two-part SAT, 2100 or higher on the three-part SAT, or 32 or higher on the ACT. Class rank and records of community volunteerism and leadership are also considered. Learn more at utsa.edu/topscholar. DISTINGUISHED PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP UTSA offers competitive, merit-based scholarships to incoming first-time freshman and transfer students. Students who meet the requirements are automatically considered for these scholarships at the time of admission, based on funding availability. Because these are competitive scholarships, non-resident and international students who receive them may qualify for in-state tuition for the academic year in which they receive the scholarship. Qualified incoming freshmen for the fall term can receive the Distinguished Presidential Scholarship, up to $24,000 over four years ($6,000 per year), upon acceptance to UTSA. Automatic consideration is based on class rank and test scores. To maintain the scholarship, students must complete 30 semester credit hours by the end of each spring semester with a minimum 2.5 UTSA cumulative GPA. Qualified incoming transfer students for either the fall or spring terms can receive the Distinguished Transfer Scholarship, up to $6,000 over two years ($3,000 per year), upon acceptance to UTSA. Automatic consideration is based on transferring to UTSA with 24 to 66 semester credit hours and a 3.75 GPA. Students must maintain a 3.0 UTSA GPA and enroll in and complete at least 12 credit hours.
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Top-tier students learn from top-tier faculty. UTSA recruits top-tier faculty who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields. Through teaching, research and community outreach, UTSA faculty members play a major role in ensuring that excellence, creativity and innovation thrive at UTSA. Attracting highly sought-after scholars and researchers to the university further builds the top-tier experience that students receive in the classroom and in a research setting. UTSA currently employs 1,412 faculty members. Ninety-nine percent of its tenured and tenure-track faculty members have doctorates or terminal degrees. UTSA has 76 endowed faculty positions; about 22 percent are funded at $1 million or more. Over the last few years, more than 100 new tenured and tenuretrack faculty members have joined UTSA. The new professors hail from universities such as Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern University and MIT and countries such as Canada, Germany and Singapore. In 2015, Rena Bizios, a UTSA professor and a pioneer in biomedical engineering, became the first faculty member to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine. The same year, UTSA joined the National Academy of Inventors and Mauli Agrawal, UTSA interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, was named a Fellow of the organization. Through the GoldStar Initiative, UTSA is expanding its worldclass faculty with the addition of more exceptional researchers. The university is recruiting scholars in areas aligned to San Antonioâ€™s economic strengths, including advanced materials, open cloud computing, cybersecurity, big data, biomedicine, sustainable communities, and social and educational transformation. UTSA recently added three new researchers in brain health to its roster of now 40 active researchers in this field and is actively recruiting an endowed chair to expand its brain health initiative. The university is also recruiting six researchers in various disciplines to expand its strength in cybersecurity. This bold recruiting initiative will further advance UTSA to Tier One status while supporting San Antonio as a leader in the global economy.
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UTSA is recognized for research excellence. UTSA research transforms the way we live, work and understand the world. This research is an integral part of UTSA’s vision to become a Tier One university, and it is fueled by strong partnerships with educational institutions, industry, government and the military–in San Antonio, the nation and the world. UTSA researchers specialize primarily in health, cybersecurity, materials sustainability, and human and social development. Some conduct fundamental research to unlock mysteries that advance the understanding of their fields. Others strive to innovate, developing products with the potential to improve society. Undergraduate and graduate students enjoy a thriving research culture at UTSA, working alongside faculty members who are highly regarded in their fields. As early as their freshman year, UTSA students are involved in a broad spectrum of research activities, whether it’s developing new approaches for stem cell therapy, creating bone scaffolds, examining the nuances of music theory or patenting new technologies. To facilitate commercialization, the university has developed a strong entrepreneurial network to take UTSA inventions to market. This network, along with the UTSA Office of Commercialization and Innovation, enables industrial research partnerships, intellectual property management, proof-of-concept development, new venture incubation, entrepreneurial training, and policies and procedures that accelerate the transition of intellectual property from the university to industry. During fiscal year 2016, UTSA’s research expenditures grew to $56,756,250 and sponsored programs expenditures climbed to $26,691,710
Areas of Research Excellence • Advanced Materials • Cloud, Cyber, Computing and Analytics • Integrated Biomedicine • Social and Educational Transformation • Sustainable Communities and Critical Infrastructure
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Research Centers and Institutes • Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research
Institute • Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems • Center for Archaeological Research • Center for Cultural Sustainability • Center for Education and Research in Information and Infra-
structure Security • Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security • Center for Innovative Drug Discovery • Center for Research and Policy in Education • Center for Research and Training in the Sciences • Center for Simulation, Visualization and Real Time Prediction • Center for the Inquiry of Transformative Literacies • Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research • Center for Water Research • Institute for Cyber Security • Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research • Institute for Health Disparities Research • Open Cloud Institute • San Antonio Cellular Therapeutics Institute • South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases • Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute • UTSA Neurosciences Institute • Water Institute of Texas
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Tier One universities improve the quality of life of individuals and the community. UTSA makes a significant impact on society by fostering programs, centers and institutes that promote research, lifelong learning, economic development, cultural enrichment and service to society. A vast network of public and private partners locally and around the world supports UTSA’s community service mission. Last year, more than 13,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff provided services and programs to more than 780,000 people across Texas’ south-central region. The economic impact of our students’ service-learning and volunteer engagement equates to more than $11 million. UTSA’s dedication to engaged scholarship, service-learning and community engagement continues to be recognized. In 2015, UTSA received the prestigious Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a nationally recognized designation that affirms UTSA’s commitment to engaged scholarship, service-learning, community outreach and other engagement activities. UTSA also has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past six years. This federal honor highlights colleges and universities that show a clear commitment to community service and service-learning while achieving meaningful and measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.
UTSA’s Community Outreach Programs • Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research
Institute • Center for Civic Engagement • Institute for Economic Development • Institute for P-20 Initiatives • Institute of Texan Cultures • Mexico Center • Office of Extended Education
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Points of Pride » In 2015-2016, the UTSA division of Community Services was awarded more than $13 million in grants and contracts for outreach and engagement. » The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics has recognized the UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence, Institute for P-20 Initiatives and Prefreshman Engineering Program as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education. » The Institute for Economic Development creates jobs, grows businesses and fosters economic development. Its 10 centers and programs serve San Antonio, the TexasMexico border area, and regional, national and international stakeholders. In 2016, the institute generated nearly $2 billion in direct economic impact. It leads an international expansion initiative for the Small Business Network of the Americas and has assisted more than 20 countries. » In 2016, the Office of Extended Education offered more than 100 unique courses and workshops to 2,600 participants. » The Institute of Texan Cultures is one of the top providers of culturally diverse programming in Texas, serving more than 175,700 students, educators, citizens and tourists annually. Last year, the museum facilitated teacher professional development workshops for more than 500 educators. » Since 2007, the Mexico Center has awarded 46 research fellowships to students doing work on Mexico-related topics. » The Bank of America Child and Adolescent Policy Research Institute is a university-wide institute that fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations and translates research results into policy recommendations. The institute supports study areas related to children in crisis, early education, pathways to higher education, foster youth and immigration. In 2016, the institute engaged 24 UTSA students as interns and grant-funded research assistants. » The UTSA Center for Civic Engagement supported 90 service-learning courses in 2015-2016, resulting in 14,000 hours of learning by more than 2,000 students. » UTSA hosted more than 30 summer camp programs in 2016 for more than 4,000 local youth.
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Always a Roadrunner Over UTSA’s 47-year history, its graduates have made their mark nationally and internationally. Whether becoming small business owners, Fortune 500 executives or enriching their local communities through the arts or public service, UTSA alumni are making an impact on the world. Even with varied paths, UTSA alumni stay connected to the university through the Alumni Association. In the fall, UTSA alumni re-connect with their alma mater by attending the Alumni Roadrunner Station tailgate before each home football game at the Alamodome. Homecoming gives alumni a weeklong reunion, filled with familiar celebrations such as Roadrunners Give Back, BestFest, the Golf Cart Parade and the Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular. Other annual events include the 5K Diploma Dash, golf tournament and annual gala to honor distinguished alumni. Proceeds from all Alumni Association events benefit an endowment that has awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to UTSA students. The Alumni Association also manages the UTSA ring program. Graduates who earn the right to wear the ring participate in the UTSA Ring Ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, the rings spend the night in the Alamo, connecting UTSA graduates to the history of San Antonio.
Stay Connected to UTSA ALUMNI CLUBS
ALUMNI INTEREST GROUPS
• Boca Raton, Fla. • Corpus Christi
• El Paso
• Dallas-Fort Worth
• Tucson, Ariz.
• Rio Grande Valley • Washington, D.C.
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Giving to UTSA Philanthropic support is integral to UTSA’s recognition as a Tier One university. It enables UTSA to recruit scholars who are among the best in their fields. It also helps UTSA prepare a highly qualified workforce ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of a global economy. Gifts to the university: • Create and strengthen undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships and other programs designed to foster student success • Attract, support and retain world-class faculty members and researchers • Create a vibrant, world-class campus life with top-tier cultural, academic and athletics programs • Establish and advance centers of knowledge that address pressing global challenges at the community, national and international levels
Giving by the Numbers University Endowment as of 8-31-16: • Value: $133,899,243 • 76 endowed faculty positions • 360 other endowments, including endowed scholarships
Fiscal year 2016 fundraising results: • Total raised: $20.8 million • Number of donors: 12,619 • Number of gifts: 16,484 To learn more about giving to UTSA, visit giving.utsa.edu.
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