Marks of Excellence

Marks of Excellence


Our Commitment to Student Success and Research Excellence

UTSA is an institution with great momentum and is committed to student success and research excellence. Its commitment to address the grand challenges facing San Antonio has earned recognition from community leaders and industry professionals and continues to be reported by local, state and national media.

UTSA is a growing community with intentions to expand to over 45,000 students by 2028. However, like the community UTSA calls home, this major public university maintains its personal touch. UTSA provides a wide variety of quality programs and services designed to support student success and enrich learning and living experiences. Faculty and staff are committed to helping students reach their educational, personal and professional aspirations with one-on-one interaction and personal instruction. Experiential classroom-to-career opportunities enhance the learning experience and open doors for Roadrunners.


What Others Are Saying About UTSA

One of the top five young universities in the nation”
- Times Higher Education
UTSA is building the best data science program in the world. It will train the smartest students in the field and make them the hottest commodities in the workforce.”
- Graham Weston, San Antonio businessman and developer
No. 1 cybersecurity program in the nation”
- Hewlett-Packard / Ponemon Institute
I believe the only way we can move at the speed of relevance in the 21st century is to collaborate and innovate more deeply between universities, government, and private companies in order to explore creative solutions. The model UTSA is creating will help the entire community move forward faster together to create economic opportunity and protect national security.”
- Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph
No. 9 in the U.S. for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics ”
- Diverse Issues in Higher Education
No. 10 U.S. public university for promoting research and enabling social mobility”
- Brookings Institution
Through the generous support of a $1.2 million gift from the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, the world's most powerful microscope is now up and running at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The JEOL transmission electron microscope model JEM-ARM200F will propel the development of new cancer therapies and disease treatments by allowing nanotechnology researchers to see samples magnified 20 million times their original size.”
- UTSA Today
I think the hottest, most exciting thing happening downtown is (The University of Texas at San Antonio). UTSA is making an incredible move into an urban campus setting that I think is going to absolutely change the trajectory of that side of downtown, and, in my opinion, the entire downtown.”
- David Adelman, San Antonio Developer
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 Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education
National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research ”
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security & National Security Agency
These initiatives will have a profound effect on our growing technology sector in addition to UTSA’s drive to become a nationally recognized research university. It will accelerate downtown San Antonio’s ongoing resurgence and provide a transformative boost that enhances economic opportunity for generations to come.”
- San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg

The Carnegie Foundation Seal

Nationally Recognized

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected UTSA to receive its prestigious Community Engagement Classification, recognizing the university’s commitment to serving the local community.


Academics Highlights

College of Architecture, Construction and Planning

  • No. 2 in the U.S. in awarding undergraduate degrees in architectures to Hispanics
    The Hispanic Outlook on Education

College of Business

  • Top 5 undergraduate business school in Texas
    - Bloomberg BusinessWeek
  • M.B.A. program ranked in the top 10 nationally
    - Hispanic Business and The Princeton Review

College of Education and Human Development

  • No. 5 in the U.S. in awarding undergraduate degrees in education to Hispanics
    - The Hispanic Outlook on Education
  • No. 11 best graduate school of education in Texas
    - U.S. News & World Report

College of Engineering

  • Nationally ranked for biomedical, environmental, mechanical and doctoral engineering programs
    - U.S. News & World Report
  • Conducts research leading to innovative technologies in areas such as information security, biomedical systems, multifunctional materials, engineering infrastructure, manufacturing, computational modeling, energy and environmental technology

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

  • UTSA's most academically diverse college
  • No. 24 communication master’s program in the U.S. and Canada
    - Eduniversal 
  • No. 66 arts and humanities program in the U.S.
    - Times Higher Education 

College of Public Policy

  • No. 66 arts and humanities program in the U.S.
    - Times Higher Education
  • The Center for Policy Studies is in the top five certifying institutions in the U.S. for American Humanics, a program that brings together universities, nonprofit organizations and community partners to prepare professionals to lead nonprofit organizations

College of Sciences

  • Spends more than $32 million each year on research
  • Makes significant contributions in nanotechnology, brain health, stem cells, medicinal drugs, infectious diseases and vaccine development, and cybersecurity, where UTSA ranks No. 1 in the nation.

Honors College

  • Only 100% experiential honors curriculum in Texas
  • Average incoming freshman in 2018 had 1394 SAT score

University College

  • Promotes engaged learning and research for all UTSA undergraduates
  • Home to UTSA’s multidisciplinary studies degree program, one of the university’s largest majors

The Graduate School

  • No. 9 graduate school for Hispanics
    - The Hispanic Outlook on Education
  • Home to the Graduate Student Professional Development Center, the first in the UT System and one of just eight in the U.S. and Canada