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Downtown Campus History

The UTSA Downtown Campus opened its doors at Cypress Tower on Main Street in January 1994 while its permanent campus was under construction. Student enrollment was 909 during its first semester of operation at its temporary location. Today the Downtown Campus boasts approximately 6,000 students. In 1994, the Downtown Campus offered 51 courses. Today it offers over 650 courses. Credit hours have also continued to rise. In 1994, the Downtown Campus started with 3,345 credit hours. Today, the Downtown Campus has experienced a growth of over 39,000 credit hours.


The Downtown Campus is an integral part of UTSA, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs for those who live, work, or prefer to attend school in the downtown area of San Antonio, Texas. UTSA Downtown is a full-service, public educational institution located in the heart of San Antonio at the intersection of W. César E. Chávez Blvd. and Frio Street. With four general academic buildings, this campus can accommodate up to 6,500 students in day, evening, or weekend classes. The Downtown Campus offers 18 undergraduate and eight graduate degree programs. During the summer of 2003, an annex to the Durango Building was completed to house UTSA's Institute for Economic Development. This program promotes economic development locally and throughout South Texas. UTSA Downtown is home to the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning and the College of Public Policy as well as the departments of Counseling and Educational Psychology.

Other features of the Downtown Campus include a 19,000 square-foot library, a 150-seat computer lab, a professional quality theater, an art gallery, a student activities center, and dining facilities. To learn more about what the UTSA Downtown Campus has to offer, schedule a tour, or speak to an admissions advisor, call (210) 458-2000.

Looking Back...

March 1993
Demolition of Fiesta Plaza begins, making room for UTSA Downtown Campus.

February 19, 1997


July 19, 1997