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June 1969
The Texas Legislature establishes a University of Texas campus in San Antonio. Gov. Preston Smith signs the act into law on the back of Rep. Frank Lombardino, a sponsor of the bill.


May 1970
UT System Board of Regents accepts 600 acres of land donated for UTSA near Interstate 10 and Loop 1604.
July 1970
UT System Board of Regents names Arleigh B. Templeton first UTSA president.
June 1971
Dewey D. Davis, professor in Division of Education, first faculty member appointed.
May 1972
Construction of UTSA at I-10 and 1604 begins. It's the largest new university under construction in the U.S. Seven buildings comprise 800,000 square feet.
January 1973
Peter T. Flawn is appointed president.
September 1973
Enrollment for the first class, which met at the Koger Center off of Loop 410, is 1,113.
August 1974
UUTSA holds its first commencement ceremony. Degrees are awarded to 82 students.
September 1975
Classes begin at UTSA Main Campus for students enrolled in five colleges: Business, Fine and Applied Arts, Sciences and Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Multidisciplinary Studies. Enrollment is 4,433.
May 1976
John Peace Library Building opens as library and administration building.
January 1978
James W. Wagener is appointed president after Peter T. Flawn resigns to return to teaching and research at UT Austin.
August 1979
Enrollment is 9,400.


February 1980
UTSA announces plans to join NCAA Division 1
January 1981
Student newspaper The Paisano is established as the only independent student publication in the state.
February 1986
Institute of Texan Cultures becomes part of UTSA.


January 1990
Samuel A. Kirkpatrick becomes the fourth president of UTSA.
September 1991
UTSA Downtown opens at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
January 1992
The first doctoral program, a Ph.D. in biology with a specialty in neurobiology is approved by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
May-June 1993
Texas Legislature and Governor Richards approve South Texas Border Initiative, which provides UTSA funding to build the Downtown Campus.
October 1993
Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Enterprises purchases the former Fiesta Plaza Mall land and donates it to UTSA to use as the site for the Downtown Campus.
January 1994
Students begin taking classes at UTSA Downtown in its temporary location at Cypress Tower. Enrollment is 900.
May 1996
The first two doctoral degrees are awarded at UTSA. Recipients were James Colston and Karla Kopec, who received doctoral degrees in biology with a concentration in neurobiology
May 1999
Ricardo Romo is named UTSA's fifth president and is the first Hispanic president in the university's 30-year history.
UTSA breaks ground and dedicates several buildings, including the University Center expansion, the Business Building, the Biosciences Building, and three phases of the Downtown Campus.


January 2003
UTSA dedicates the Recreation and Wellness Center, and new Childcare Development Center.
May 2003
The UTSA Main Campus begins construction on a new $83.7 million Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building, a 227,000 square-foot facility.
September 2004
Fall enrollment is more than 26,000 making UTSA the second largest institution among the 15 components in The University of Texas System.
September 2009
UTSA enrollment increases to 28,955.
September 2011
The UTSA football team plays its first game at the Alamodome
April 2012
UTSA kicks off We Are UTSA – A Top-Tier Campaign with an initial goal of raising $120 million in three years. The University surpasses the goal less than a year later and a new goal of $175 million is set.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Park West Athletics Facility is held. Once completed, the UTSA sports complex will offer competition and practice facilities for soccer, track and field, baseball and softball, as well as a practice facility for football.
June 2012
UTSA is named among the top 100 universities younger than 50 years old by Times Higher Education for the first time.
July 2012
The UTSA capital campaign tops $100 million in private gifts just halfway into its inaugural capital campaign, We Are UTSA -- A Top-Tier Campaign.
December 2013
UTSA receives more than $5 million in gift commitments to advance the Top-Tier capital campaign, including a gift from the 80/20 Foundation to establish Open Compute projects and fellowships.
April 2014
A three-year partnership between UTSA and Microsoft is announced to research and develop sustainable technologies to make data centers more energy efficient and economically viable.
May 2014
UTSA reaches 100,000 graduates.
January 2015
UTSA receives the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
February 2015
UTSA announces the creation of the Open Cloud Institute, an initiative to develop degree programs in cloud computing and big data.