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The First Year Experience is your first step in an exciting educational journey that will help you find your place at the University of Texas at San Antonio and build strong social and academic foundations.


New Student Orientation

Welcome to the University of Texas at San Antonio and congratulations on becoming a Roadrunner! During orientation you will be provided the information and tools you need to be successful at UTSA. You will learn about UTSA's academic programs, student support services, social activities and programs, and long-standing traditions. The Orientation & Family Programs office is dedicated to helping you have a successful transition and integration into college life.

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Roadrunner Days

Welcome to UTSA! It is our hope that you will be a successful student and become a UTSA alumnus in 2018. First-year students are required to attend Roadrunner Days. During this exciting and welcoming event, you will be introduced to the UTSA community and make connections with other students, academic programs, and student-life organizations.

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Fall Convocation

Convocation is a celebratory event and marks your first step as a member of the class of 2018! Fall Convocation will be held on Monday, August 25, 2014 and is a key component of UTSA's Roadrunner Days. Attendance at Convocation is mandatory. During this ceremony you will celebrate the start of your academic aspirations and college life with other UTSA first-year students, peer mentors, faculty, and staff.

  • Fall Convocation (Last Name: A-L) 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Fall Convocation (Last Name: M-Z) 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.

First-Year Common Course

UTSA’s First-Year Experience Program (FYE) is designed to help first-year-in-college-students transition into the university by offering a core course, Academic Inquiry & Scholarship (AIS) 1203 that will enhance the academic skills necessary to succeed beyond the first year in college.

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First-Year Peer Mentorship

At the core of the First-Year Experience is our University Peer Mentor Program, which pairs first-year-in-college-students with dedicated and experienced upper-classmen who have been specially trained to help new students make the transition to university life. They provide support and guidance to students on a variety of challenges such as selecting an appropriate major, balancing social life with academics, getting involved on campus, getting connected with other UTSA students, learning effective college survival skills, studying smarter not harder, and navigating the academic and non-academic resources available on campus.

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UTSA Downtown Campus

The UTSA Downtown Campus is an integral part of UTSA and is located within walking distance of several businesses, restaurants, and tourist attractions. The First-Year Experience Program offers multiple sections of the First-Year Experience Common Course, AIS 1203, and designates several University Peer Mentors to the Downtown Campus.

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Academic Success Tools

You will want to hit the ground running as a new Roadrunner at the University of Texas at San Antonio so you'll need to be aware of the academic resources available on campus. Check out the workshops, classes, one-on-one tutoring sessions, supplemental instruction, and other activities designed to enhance your academic success at UTSA.

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Residence Life/Housing

UTSA's Housing & Residence Life will help you establish a sense of belonging within the larger University community. Roadrunners have several excellent choices when considering on-campus housing options. Additionally, Housing & Residence Life offers a variety of programs and opportunities to optimize your campus experience.

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Get Involved on Campus

Take advantage of the numerous ways you can get involved on campus by joining a UTSA Registered Student Organization (RSO). The right RSOs will help you develop professionally and personally. They may also help you to strengthen your career choice and build your resume. With over 300 registered student organizations on campus you are sure to find something that sparks your interest!

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UTSA Calendar of Events

Quality first year experience programs support, actively engage, and academically challenge students. The greater the level of support perceived by first-year students the greater the increases in academic competence (Reason, Terenzini, & Domingo, 2006).
Source: Reason, R.D., Terenzini, P.T. & Domingo, R.J. (2006). First things first: Developing academic competence in the first year of college. Research in Higher Education, 47(2), 149-175.