Special Interest Housing (SIH) promotes the academic and personal development of the students living in the selected community by allowing students with common interests to live together in a supportive environment. SIH serves as a significant educational resource for each student who participate in Special Interest Housing. The program aims to educate members on their special interests and to provide a welcoming environment to discuss issues.
Honors College students and Top Scholars, students are invited to reside in the Honors section of campus housing. Ever since fall 2013, students have enjoyed living in Alvarez Hall and have built lasting friendships with other Honors College students. Each member of this Special Interest Housing participates in programs and events tailored to the Honor College mission.
The Leadership and Service Floor is fun and purposeful community for aspiring student leaders who share a commitment to making a positive difference in the world. Sixty-seven-floor residents develop friendships and skillsets for life - while making a positive impact on the UTSA and San Antonio communities. The Leadership and Service Floor is supported by a partnership between Housing and Residence Life, Volunteer Services and the Student Leadership Center. Together, these offices provide focused training, resources and service projects designed to help residents gain practical knowledge about leadership and service.
The Engineering Living Learning Community is Housing and Residence Life and College of Engineering's program designed specifically for engineering students. The program aims to foster a community of scholars to help grow a commitment to academic excellence in engineering. Such is achieved by providing an atmosphere that promotes serious intellectual pursuits and social interaction both in the classroom and in the living environment.
The residents of this floor will also have the chance to attend resident tutoring sessions, view seminars by engineering professors, have block seating for home football games, go on field trips to various engineering locations, take advantage of peer mentoring, and have engineering advising once a semester (students with 30 credit hours or less would normally go to Freshmen Advising).
The purpose of the Engineering Living Learning Community is to create a stronger community with incoming and current engineering students, allowing them to increase their chances of success through specialized tutoring, mentoring, and networking.
The Medicine, Public Health, and Humanities Theme Community is a community of students interested in humanistic and social scientific perspectives on health and medicine. Regular programming will advance students' understanding of the contributions of the humanities and the social sciences to the medical professions and allied fields. Programs made available through the theme community will help students' succeed academically while also preparing them for post-graduate study or employment in an allied health field.
In this inclusive environment, we have created a campus community that supports academic success all the while fostering a sense of belonging. Students in the First-Gen Living & Learning Community learn all about UTSA resources, and will be part of the UTSA First to Go & Graduate (F2G&G) program. This community also known as a "familia" which includes a dedicated first-gen faculty coach — who is a professor who was also the first in their family to graduate from college and who wants to be sure that you succeed, a first-gen peer mentor who offers you a standing invitation to participate in a variety of fun, professional, leadership, and experiential-learning opportunities geared toward ensuring an amazing college experience and the residence of the first-gen floor that are at the core of the familia! *A first-generation student includes anyone whose parent(s) or guardian(s) have not earned a four-year bachelor's degree.
Point Of Contact: Brandon Cruz, Senior Program Coordinator
First-Gen & Transfer Student Center
The Special Interest Housing (SIH) promotes the academic and personal development of the students living in the selected community by allowing students with common interests to live together in a supportive environment. SIH serves as a significant educational resource for each student who participates in these Special Interest Housing. The program aims to educate members on their special interests and to provide a welcoming environment to discuss issues.
Housing and Residence Life and the College of Music housing option focused on enhancing the residential experience for UTSA Marching Band members, music ensemble participants, and music majors. This music Special Interest Housing is located in building five of Laurel Village. Residents enjoy programmings designed specifically for them, such as community trips to concerts, operas, recitals, events, shows, and/or productions with the San Antonio Area, and at UTSA's own Buena Vista Theater and Fine Arts Building Recital Hall.