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Frequently Asked Questions

Advising

Is seeing an advisor Downtown the same as seeing one at the Main Campus?

I have concerns about the downtown advising services I was given. Who can help me?

How can I officially declare my major?

How do I generate an unofficial degree evaluation on ASAP?

What is Academic Probation (PR)?

I was on Academic Probation and I have been dismissed, what should I do?


Registration

How do I get an Internship?

How do I get an Independent Study?

How do I register for MGT/MKT 4893 (Capstone courses)?

I need to find out what courses are being offered next semester. Who can help me?

What courses require placement tests before enrolling?


General Questions

I am thinking about Graduate School who can help me?

Where can I find out what kind of jobs I can get with my degree?

What does the new 3-attempt rule mean?

How do I apply for graduation?

Does UTSA accept "life" or "work" experience for credit?

What are Upper Division courses? 


 Is seeing an advisor Downtown the same as seeing one at the Main Campus?

Yes, the DTUAC offers the exact same services as the advising centers on the Main campus. However, it may be a good idea to maintain some consistency when you see an advisor. You have the option to have your advising file permanently housed at either campus (see your advisor for more information).
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How do I get an Internship?

The process for internships varies by department/college. Check with the advisor in your major about the process and the applicability of an internship to your degree.
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How do I generate an unofficial degree evaluation on ASAP?

An unofficial degree evaluation can be generated on-line for undergraduate students under the 1999-2000, 2000-2002, 2002-2004, and 2004-2006 catalogs. While unofficial, the degree evaluation is an effective tool for planning and measuring progress toward a degree. Students can also process a “what-if” analysis to review a different major and how courses earned will apply to that major.

  • Go to http://www.utsa.edu
  • Click on “Current Students”
  • Click on “ASAP”
  • Click on “Login to ASAP”
  • Enter your User ID and PIN
  • Click on “Student Services & Financial Aid”
  • Click on “Student Records”
  • Click on “Degree Evaluation (Unofficial – Undergraduates Only)
  • Scroll down the page, then Click "Generate New Evaluation" or "What-if" Analysis
  • Follow directions on-line

When viewing the degree evaluation display options, "General Requirements" displays a summary of what has been met in the program. The "Detail Requirements" option displays lists of the courses required in the degree and what courses have been applied to those requirements.
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How do I get an Independent Study?

The process and requirements can vary by department/college. Check with the advisor in your major for information about Independent Studies and their applicability to your degree. Typically an Independent Study is something you work on with an instructor during a term. You and the instructor will need to decide what coursework you are to do and how you will be evaluated.
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I have concerns about the downtown advising services I was given. Who can help me?

Address all concerns, first, with your advisor. It is your right to question the information given to you and resolve any issues. If, after that, you still have concerns, contact the Downtown Advising Center Director, 210-458-2550.
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How can I officially declare my major?

You can do this in an appointment with the advisor in your major.  
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I am thinking about Graduate School. Who can help me?

For more details on Graduate information visit UTSA's Graduate School website.
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What is Academic Probation (PR)?

This is a type of student academic status that means that your UTSA GPA has gone below 2.0. You will remain on PR status as long as your UTSA GPA remains below 2.0. It also means that you are subject to Academic Dismissal if you have a semester where your Term GPA is itself below a 2.0. Students on academic probation may enroll in no more than 13 semester credit hours in a Fall or Spring semester and no more than 7 semester credit hours in a Summer semester. Contact the advisor in your major for more information.
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Where can I find out what kind of jobs I can get with my degree?

You should contact University Career Center, 210-458-4589. You can also visit their website.
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I need to find out what courses are being offered next semester. Who can help me?

The advisor in your major can assist you with questions regarding future course planning. Keep in mind that course offerings are based on the department offering the course among other factors.
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Does UTSA accept "life" or "work" experience for credit?

UTSA does not accept credit of this type.
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I was on Academic Probation and I have been dismissed, what should I do?

Students on academic probation who earn a term grade point average below 2.0 will be placed on academic dismissal. Students placed on academic dismissal must petition for reinstatement or readmission for future enrollment. For additional information visit the UTSA information bulletin.
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What does the new 3-attempt rule mean?

The Texas Legislature recently enacted legislation that does not allow universities to receive state funding for students who attempt courses containing the same content at the same Texas state-supported institution of higher education more than twice. Upon the third or subsequent attempt to take the same course at UTSA, a surcharge per semester credit hour will be assessed by UTSA for courses that fall into this category. This surcharge will be in addition to the regular in-state per semester credit hour tuition rate and will be assessed in the fall 2004 semester. The Texas Legislature has mandated that students be held accountable for any courses they have taken beginning with the Fall 2002 semester. 
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How do I apply for graduation?

It is advisable that students apply for graduation as soon as possible after completing 90 semester credit hours or at least one semester prior to the graduation term. For more information, visit the graduation website.
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How do I register for MGT/MKT 4893 (Capstone courses)?

You must receive registration permission from an academic advisor to enroll in MGT 4893 and/or MKT 4893. Please call or stop by the Advising Center for instructions on how to receive permission to enroll in these courses the semester prior to graduation. This also serves as a preliminary graduation audit.
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What are Upper Division courses?

Courses at the 3000-4000 level.  
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What courses require placement tests before enrolling?

Before a student can register for certain lower division courses, most students are required to take tests to place them at appropriate instructional levels. Academic departments use tests for placement in five areas: Spanish, French, German, Math, and Chemistry.For more information visit the Testing Services website.
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