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2. Admission - Undergraduate Students

Philosophy

Admission requirements for undergraduate study at UTSA are designed to give admitted applicants an opportunity to demonstrate that they can perform college-level work. UTSA will admit all applicants who are holders of bona fide University of Texas at San Antonio scholarships who are designated admissible by the President of the University. The discretionary authority to make such admissions decisions is generally delegated to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Offers of admission are valid only for the semester indicated in the acceptance letter. Admitted students wishing to change the semester of initial enrollment must reapply as indicated in the “Admission Procedures” section of this chapter.


Undergraduate Classifications and Requirements

Application, Application Fee, and Supporting Documentation

UTSA uses the State of Texas ApplyTexas Application as its sole undergraduate application for admission for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. International applicants who plan to enroll while residing in the United States using a nonpermanent visa may submit the ApplyTexas Application for International Undergraduate Admission.

In addition to filing the application for admission, applicants must also provide all required supporting documentation and an application fee to complete the application file by the published deadline for the appropriate term.

The application fee is nonrefundable and is required from ALL applicants. The application fee is $60.00, beginning with the Fall 2013 semester.

Requirements for additional supporting documentation such as official high school and/or college transcripts, official test scores sent directly from the testing company, and other documents are stated in the following sections.

Upon file completion, the application and supporting documentation will be reviewed and an admission decision will be communicated to the applicant.

The criteria for the various classifications of undergraduate admission are set forth in the following sections.

First-Time Freshmen

The first-time freshman admission criteria stated below are effective beginning Fall 2013.

UTSA classifies the following students as first-time freshmen:

  • those who have not attended a college or university since high school graduation
  • those who have been dually enrolled in college and high school
  • those who enroll in a Fall Semester after attending college during the summer immediately after high school graduation.

A first-time freshman, regardless of when the student graduated from high school, must have either:

  1. successfully completed the curriculum requirements for the recommended or advanced high school program or its equivalent; or
  2. satisfied ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT assessment or earned on the SAT assessment a score of at least 1500 out of 2400 or the equivalent.
    The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are: English=18, Math=22, Reading=21, Science=24.

In consultation with the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has determined that the high schools are responsible for providing the appropriate documentation to confirm the curriculum requirements.

Texas public high schools are to provide the curriculum information on the transcript, also known as the Academic Achievement Record. This indication is to be available no later than the completion of the student’s junior academic year.

Private high schools can provide this information on the transcript, or by completing the appropriate form created for this purpose.

The above requirement may ALSO be satisfied if the applicant’s official high school transcript or diploma states that the applicant completed the portion of the recommended or advanced curriculum or its equivalent that was available to the applicant, but was unable to complete the remainder of the curriculum solely because courses necessary to complete the remainder were unavailable to the applicant at the appropriate times in the applicant's high school career as a result of course scheduling, lack of enrollment capacity, or another cause not within the applicant's control. This is verified by the completion and submission of the appropriate form created for this purpose by the established deadline date for the application term.

Application Procedures

An ApplyTexas application, nonrefundable application processing fee, most current high school transcript, and an official copy of the SAT or ACT score (sent directly from the testing service) should be forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Applicants for admission as first-time freshmen who are attending high school at the time of application and who meet the curriculum and admission requirements may be admitted during their senior year pending receipt and review of the final high school transcript. Applicants who do not meet the requirements may be reconsidered for admission upon submission of new, improved academic information (transcript, test scores, etc.).

Admission is conditional for students who have not yet graduated from high school. An official copy of the final high school transcript reflecting graduation date, final high school ranking (if applicable), curriculum information and TAKS scores for students from public Texas high schools must be provided to ensure enrollment, financial aid eligibility and registration for future semesters. In order for the transcript to be considered the official final transcript that verifies high school graduation, the student must have completed coursework from the school providing that transcript.

Admission Requirements

The following table shows the minimum total scores required, where applicable, for students meeting the first-time freshman curriculum requirement, based on high school rank-in-class and on either the SAT or the ACT.*

High School
Rank-in-Class
Minimum Combined SAT Scores
(Math and Critical
Reading)
Minimum Total Composite
ACT Score
Top 25% Guaranteed Admission Guaranteed Admission
Second 25%
  • SAT score of 1100 or higher: Guaranteed Admission
  • Others by Committee Review:
    Min. SAT = 900 for consideration
  • ACT score of 24 or higher: Guaranteed Admission
  • Others by Committee Review:
    Min. ACT = 19 for consideration
Third 25%

Committee Review:
Min. SAT = 1000 for consideration

Committee Review:
Min. ACT = 21 for consideration
Fourth 25% Committee Review:
Min. SAT = 1100 for consideration
Committee Review:
Min. ACT = 24 for consideration
Non-Ranking Accredited
High School
  • SAT score of 1100 or higher: Guaranteed Admission
  • Others by Committee Review:
    Min. SAT = 900 for consideration
  • ACT score of 24 or higher: Guaranteed Admission
  • Others by Committee Review:
    Min. ACT = 19 for consideration
GED, Unaccredited High School, Home School Committee Review Committee Review

* Minimum completion of the Texas Recommended Curriculum (or its documented equivalent), or satisfaction of College Readiness Benchmarks established by ACT and SAT as stated above in the section titled “UTSA classifies the following students as first-time freshmen” is a requirement for admission.

First-Time Freshman applicants who are in the top 25 percent (first quartile) of their high school graduating class at an accredited high school and meet the first-time freshman curriculum requirements are admitted without minimum score requirements on the ACT or SAT, however scores must be submitted to UTSA in order to complete the application process.

Admission By Committee Review

Applicants ranking in the second, third, or fourth quartile with the required minimum SAT or ACT score and applicants from a home school, unaccredited high school or non-ranking high school will be considered for admission through Committee Review. Factors considered in the review process will include:

  • achievement in academic or nonacademic endeavors
  • first-generation college student status
  • extracurricular activities
  • leadership
  • community activities
  • work experience
  • socioeconomic background
  • experience surmounting obstacles to pursue higher education.

Applicants should take care to complete all required and optional portions of the application for admission, in order to convey information about these additional factors of admission by committee review.

Submission of the following documents is also recommended, but not required:

  1. A one-page, single-spaced, essay from the ApplyTexas application, Topic C:

    Topic CThere may be personal information that you want considered as part of your admissions application. Write an essay describing that information. You might include exceptional hardships, challenges, or opportunities that have shaped or impacted your abilities or academic credentials, personal responsibilities, exceptional achievements or talents, educational goals, or ways in which you might contribute to an institution committed to creating a diverse learning environment.

  2. Up to two letters of recommendation, based on community involvement, high school academics or employment.

All supporting material should include the student’s full name, high school and date of birth as it appears on the ApplyTexas application. The supporting materials should be mailed to: The University of Texas at San Antonio, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249-0616.

General Educational Development (GED) Applicants

Applicants who did not graduate from an accredited high school but who have successfully passed all five subject tests and earned a GED® may be considered for admission to UTSA by satisfying the ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks or earning a score of at least 1500 out of 2400 or the equivalent on the SAT.

NOTE: The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are: English=18, Math=22, Reading=21, Science=24.

Provisional Admission at UTSA

Applicants who are Texas residents, first-time freshmen, and graduates of an accredited high school, but who do not qualify for admission because of inadequate SAT or ACT scores or high school records, but who do meet the first-time freshman curriculum requirements, may be admitted to a Fall or Spring Semester on a provisional basis.

Students who are admitted on a provisional basis are given an opportunity to demonstrate that they can perform college-level work and can reasonably be expected to make progress toward a degree. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to perform at the college level by obtaining an overall “C” grade point average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in 18 college credit hours. Upon completion of at least 18 college credit hours of approved courses at UTSA with a grade point average of at least 2.0, students admitted provisionally will be in academic good standing at the University.

Provisional admission is an option for first-time freshmen only. Students who completed dual credit courses prior to graduation from high school may be eligible to be admitted on a provisional basis. However, due to the academic structure of the program, students with excessive college hours are not a good match for provisional admission.

The admission decision is often made prior to high school graduation, therefore, admission is conditional for students who have not yet graduated from high school. An official copy of the final high school transcript from an accredited high school that reflects the graduation date must be provided to ensure financial aid eligibility and registration for future semesters.

Enrollment Requirements
Students admitted provisionally may take developmental education courses, but developmental education courses taken as a provisional student do not count toward the 18 college semester-credit-hour requirement. Provisional students must take 12 semester credit hours of courses, including any needed developmental education courses, in the first long semester of enrollment. With proper approval, provisional students may be eligible to enroll in up to 15 semester credit hours in their initial semester at UTSA.

Provisional students must enroll as undeclared majors. When a student successfully clears his or her provisional status, the student may then declare a major within a college, subject to college requirements.

While still under provisional admission status, students may not enroll in May Mini-mester courses.

Program Requirements
All students admitted under provisional admission are required to participate in the Academic Development Program (ADP) administered through the Tomás Rivera Center. Participation requires the submission of the ADP agreement form to ensure program eligibility. Enrollment in the program is first-come, first-served, and can reach capacity at any time. The Academic Development Program is designed to help provisional students successfully complete their first year of college. Students in the program must take COR 1203 Freshman Seminar and courses selected from English, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and foreign languages.

Until a student’s provisional status is removed, the student may not take courses at UTSA in disciplines other than English, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and foreign languages, except for COR 1203.

Enrollment in COR 1203, a 3-semester-credit-hour course that integrates study skills with academic content, is required in the first semester of enrollment. COR 1203 counts as part of UTSA’s core curriculum requirement.

Provisional students who fail to receive at least a 2.0 overall UTSA grade point average at the end of a semester in which they have completed 18 or more semester credit hours of college-level work at UTSA will be academically dismissed from UTSA. Provisional students who are academically dismissed from the University must complete at least 12 semester credit hours of coursework at another accredited college or university with a minimum 2.25 grade point average and reapply for admission following the same procedures and meeting the same deadlines as outlined within this chapter.

Denial of Admission

If an applicant is denied after initial review for not meeting admission requirements, the student will be encouraged to reapply after completion of a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours at an accredited college or university with a grade point average of at least a 2.25. Students who are denied pending 30 transfer credit hours are encouraged to take advantage of transfer advising services offered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, to use transfer guides found at the UTSA Web site to assist in course selection during the period of deferment, and to reapply to UTSA according to the procedures outlined in the “Transfer Students” section of this chapter.

Coordinated Admission Program – The University of Texas at Austin

UTSA is a University of Texas System Participating University in the University of Texas at Austin’s Coordinated Admission Program (CAP). For complete information concerning the UT Austin’s Coordinated Admission Program, consult the University of Texas Web site at http://bealonghorn.utexas.edu/cap.

CAP students who are eligible for CAP at UTSA and who designate UTSA as their partner school when submitting their CAP acceptance agreement to UT Austin will have their initial application forwarded to UTSA from UT Austin; they do not need to submit a second application to UTSA but will need to submit the $60 application fee to UTSA. Also, students who send AP and Dual Credit Scores/Grades to UT Austin must also request that this documentation be sent to UTSA for evaluation. The admission decision is often made prior to high school graduation; therefore, admission is conditional for students who have not yet graduated from high school. An official copy of the final high school transcript reflecting the student’s graduation date, final high school ranking, if applicable, and curriculum information must be requested to be sent to UTSA to ensure admission status, financial aid eligibility and registration for future semesters.

CAP students enrolled at UTSA are advised by the Colleges’ Freshman Advising Center (CFAC). CAP students who decide to remain at UTSA rather than transfer to UT Austin should complete a CFAC Opt-out Letter which is available from the academic advisors at UTSA’s Colleges’ Freshman Advising Center.

Early Admission of High School Students

High school students who have junior or senior class standing or are applying to a Special Admission Program may be admitted under the Early Admission Program and enroll in UTSA courses while completing their high school studies. In special circumstances, high school students with sophomore or freshmen standing who meet the admission requirements outlined below may be considered for the program on an individual basis.

This policy is designed to address the needs of individual high school students who want to start earning college credit while in high school. Early Admission is not intended for students who want to earn simultaneous credit toward high school graduation and a university degree, or for students who enroll as part of a group of students under the terms of an agreement between UTSA and the student’s school district. Such applicants should refer to the policy under the heading “Dual Credit Program Admission” in this chapter.

First-Time Early Admission Criteria

To qualify for Early Admission, students must take the SAT or the ACT test and earn the following scores:

Minimum Combined SAT Scores of
Math and Critical Reading
Minimum Total Composite ACT Score
1100
(With no less than 500 on
the Critical Reading Section
and 500 on the Math Section)
24
(With no less than 19 on
the English Section and
19 on the Math Section)

Procedures

  1. Submit a UTSA Application for Admission to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on or before the application deadline for the requested semester of enrollment.
  2. Submit a nonrefundable application processing fee.
  3. Submit an official high school transcript.
  4. Submit a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor.
  5. Submit official SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing company.

Students applying for Early Admission through Special Admission Programs of the University, such as UPREP, will be required to follow the procedures approved for and by that program and will be reviewed according to the requirements established for the program. Information concerning these procedures and requirements are available from the University coordinator for the program.

Continuing Student Early Admission Procedure

Early Admission students who choose to continue enrollment at UTSA following high school graduation must apply for admission according to regular policy and procedures. Students must meet the admissions requirements for First-time Freshmen for the term for which they will be applying.

Enrollment Procedures

  1. Early Admission student advising and course registration are coordinated by the Office of P-20 Initiatives and take place following notification of admission.
  2. Advising and course registration for Special Admission Program students is the responsibility of and coordinated by the office managing the Special Admission Program.
  3. Early admission students are enrolled as non-degree-seeking.

Dual Credit Program Admission*

Dual Credit Program Admission is designed for high school students who want to simultaneously earn credit toward high school graduation and a university degree, or for students who enroll as part of a group of students under the terms of an agreement between UTSA and the student’s school district.

Dual Credit Program Admission is not intended for high school students who simply want to get an early start earning college credit. Such applicants should refer to the policy under the heading “Early Admission of High School Students” in this chapter.

  • Students with dual credit work must have at least a cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 or above and be in good standing at the institution from which the dual credit is earned.
  • Dual credit work must be documented on an official transcript sent directly from the awarding institution.

Enrollment Requirements

  1. As required by the Texas Success Initiative, students must take an approved assessment test to determine readiness to enroll in college-level courses, unless otherwise exempted. Information on the Texas Success Initiative can be accessed at http://utsa.edu/success/tsi.html.
  2. Dually enrolled students are admitted as non-degree-seeking.
  3. Dually enrolled students who choose to continue enrollment at UTSA following high school graduation must apply for admission according to applicable admission policy and procedures.
  4. Minimum SAT or ACT admission score requirements must be consistent with regular UTSA policy for admission of high school graduates.
  5. Applicants who do not meet regular admission requirements and who apply as part of a group of students under the terms of an agreement between UTSA and the student’s school district may be admitted with restrictions addressed in the agreement or at the discretion of the Office of P-20 Initiatives and the appropriate faculty (selected by the academic departments). Such restrictions will be documented and monitored by the imposing school district or office.

Procedures

  • Submission of the ApplyTexas application to the UTSA office managing the agreement with the school district on or before the application deadline for the requested semester of enrollment.
  • Submission of the nonrefundable application fee unless otherwise waived or paid by a sponsoring grant program.
  • Submission of an official high school transcript.
  • Submission of official ACT or SAT scores, if required by the program, sent directly to UTSA from the testing company.
  • Dually enrolled students will receive academic advisement from the UTSA office managing the agreement with the school district.

* In accordance with Chapter 4 under the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules (Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1). Rules Applying to All Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas, Subchapter D, Dual Credit Partnership Between Secondary Schools and Texas Public Colleges.

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Transfer Students

Students should apply for admission as transfer students if they have previously completed any credit courses at the college level after high school graduation, with the exception of those who attend college during the summer immediately after high school graduation (first-time freshmen). Applicants may be attending another regionally accredited college or university and may have coursework in progress at the time of their application to UTSA.

Successful applicants for admission as transfer students must have at least a 2.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale. When calculating the grade point average to determine eligibility for admission for transfer students, all transferable college-level courses are used in the calculation (grades are not replaced).

Application Procedures

An ApplyTexas application, nonrefundable application processing fee, and official college transcripts from each institution from which college-level work was ever attempted must be received by the appropriate application deadline. The transcripts are to be requested and sent officially from each regionally accredited institution from which college coursework was attempted and/or earned. For Freshmen Transfers, a final high school transcript and an official copy of the SAT or ACT score (sent directly from the testing service) must also be provided to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline.

Admission is conditional for students who are admitted with work in progress from another institution. An official transcript reflecting the work in progress and any subsequent work must be submitted upon completion of the work. Financial aid can be applied toward tuition and fees upon submission of the complete college transcript(s) indicating all college coursework attempted. Registration for future semesters is also contingent upon receipt of the college transcript(s).

With 1 to 29 Semester Credit Hours Completed

Applicants for admission who have completed fewer than 30 semester credit hours at the time of application from accredited colleges or universities must:

  • meet the guaranteed admission rank-in-class and SAT/ACT requirements that apply to first-time freshmen;
  • have a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale on college coursework attempted at a regionally accredited institution;
  • be eligible to return to the most recently attended institution for academic reasons. Transcripts or additional documentation may be required to demonstrate that this requirement has been met; and
  • not be ineligible to return to the most recently attended institution for disciplinary reasons. By applying to UTSA, applicants affirm that they meet this requirement.

With 30 or More Semester Credit Hours Completed

Applicants for admission to UTSA who have completed 30 or more semester credit hours at the time of application from accredited colleges or universities must:

  • have a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale on college coursework attempted at a regionally accredited institution;
  • be eligible to return to the most recently attended institution for academic reasons. Transcripts or additional documentation may be required to demonstrate that this requirement has been met; and
  • not be ineligible to return to the most recently attended institution for disciplinary reasons. By applying to UTSA, applicants affirm that they meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Admission Criteria and Procedures

UTSA offers a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree for students who have graduated from a regionally accredited, two-year college with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. UTSA offers a B.A.A.S. degree in Infancy and Childhood Studies.

Applicants to the B.A.A.S. program must:

  • have graduated from a regionally accredited, two-year college with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment at UTSA;
  • have a minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale on college coursework attempted at a regionally accredited institution;
  • be eligible to return to the most recently attended institution for academic reasons. Transcripts or additional documentation may be required to demonstrate that this requirement has been met; and
  • not be ineligible to return to the most recently attended institution for disciplinary reasons. By applying to UTSA, applicants affirm that they meet this requirement.

To apply for admission to the B.A.A.S. program, applicants must:

  • submit the ApplyTexas application for Transfer Students on or before the published application deadline for the desired semester of enrollment;
  • submit the nonrefundable application processing fee;
  • submit official academic transcripts from all previously attended institutions;
  • submit an official college transcript indicating the award of the A.A.S. degree; and
  • upon acceptance by UTSA Admissions, contact the College of Education and Human Development Advising Center to obtain an individualized degree plan and formally declare the major.

See the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog for B.A.A.S. degree requirements.

Declaration of Previous College Work Attempted

When applying for admission to UTSA, students are not at liberty to disregard previous college work attempted. All schools from which any college-level work was attempted must be listed on the ApplyTexas application at the time of application. Furthermore, the application process requires that official academic transcripts from each previously attended regionally accredited institution be submitted to the UTSA Office of Undergraduate Admissions on or before the application deadline for the requested semester of enrollment. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of the application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, permanent dismissal from UTSA, or other appropriate disciplinary action.

While enrolled at UTSA, students who attend other regionally accredited institutions are required to submit official academic transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from every institution attended at the end of the semester during which coursework was undertaken, even if courses have been withdrawn. This includes concurrent enrollment at other institution while attending UTSA. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment, permanent dismissal from UTSA, or other appropriate disciplinary action.

Transfer Coursework

Upon admission, UTSA grants credit for college-level transfer coursework, earned with a grade of “D” or higher, from regionally-accredited colleges and universities. Applicability of such coursework toward the UTSA degree plan is at the discretion of the major academic department. General information about transferring courses may be found in Chapter 1 of the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.

Credit for Military Service

An institution of higher education shall award to an undergraduate student who is admitted to the institution, including a student who is readmitted after withdrawing to perform active military service (Texas Education Code, Section 51.9242), course credit for all physical education courses required by the institution for an undergraduate degree and for additional semester credit hours, not to exceed 12, that may be applied to satisfy any elective course requirements for the student’s degree program for courses outside the student’s major or minor if the student:

  1. graduated from a public or private high school accredited by a generally recognized accrediting organization or from a high school operated by the United States Department of Defense; and

  2. is an honorably discharged former member of the armed forces of the United States who has completed at least two years of service in the armed forces or was discharged because of a disability.

Veterans entering UTSA as undergraduate students should meet with an academic advisor to discuss military service credit options, as elective credits may affect eligibility for the tuition rebate program and the Texas B-On-Time Loan forgiveness program or result in additional tuition for excess credit hours. Students must provide proof of eligibility (i.e., DD Form 214 or disability discharge documentation) to the academic advisor and complete the Military Service Credit Notice with the academic advisor. The Military Service Credit Notice is available on the Office of the Registrar’s Web site (http://utsa.edu/registrar/) and in the UTSA Veterans Certification Office in the McKinney Humanities (MH) Building (formerly HSS Building), room 3.01.26.


Outreach to Prospective Transfer Students

In an effort to help facilitate the transfer process from two-year and four-year institutions to UTSA, several programs and resources have been established to assist transfer students.

UTSA currently offers 14 articulation agreements with two-year institutions that assist students with course selections and course transferability. Following a degree/transfer plan maximizes the 66 transferable hours a student can take at a community college prior to transferring to UTSA.

Colleges with Articulation Agreements with UTSA

Austin Community College
Coastal Bend College
Dallas County Community College
Del Mar College
Houston Community College
Laredo Community College
Northwest Vista College
Palo Alto College
San Antonio College
South Texas College
Southwest Texas Junior College
St. Philip’s College
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen
Victoria College

In addition to the above-mentioned degree/transfer plans, UTSA also provides a host of transfer resources on the UTSA Office of Undergraduate Admissions Web site: http://utsa.edu/transfer. The online equivalency table can assist transfer students in evaluating how their existing course credits might satisfy the requirements of a UTSA degree plan.

UTSA also provides Transfer Specialists to assist prospective transfer students from two-year and four-year institutions. Transfer Specialists provide assistance with understanding the admission requirements and the application process as it relates to each individual transfer student.

For more information on transferring to UTSA, please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Web site at http://utsa.edu/transfer or call (210) 458-2000.

Academic Fresh Start

Texas residents may apply for admission to UTSA under the Academic Fresh Start statute (Texas Education Code, § 51.931). Under this program, academic course credits or grades earned 10 or more years before the semester for which the student seeks enrollment are not considered for admission purposes.

Applicants seeking admission under the Academic Fresh Start statute must inform the Office of Admissions in writing at the time of application, of their intent by submitting an Academic Fresh Start form. This form is available from the Undergraduate Admissions Web site: http://utsa.edu/admissions/undergrad/. Students admitted under this program will not receive any credit for courses taken 10 or more years before enrollment.

Students who plan to pursue graduate degrees should note that if their baccalaureate degree was earned under the Academic Fresh Start statute, only the grade point average of the coursework that applied to the baccalaureate degree as stated under the Academic Fresh Start restrictions will be evaluated. However, other standard evaluation criteria for graduate study will apply.

Admission under Academic Fresh Start does not change a student’s financial aid obligations for courses not considered for admission purposes.

Inactivation of Admission

There are circumstances whereby an applicant or admitted student may wish to cancel his or her admission to UTSA. Cancellation of admission triggers cancellation of course registrations, financial aid awards, and housing applications and contracts.

Restrictions

Applicants and admitted students may cancel their admission any time prior to the first day of class for the expected semester of enrollment as indicated on the application for admission.

Procedures

  • Admitted students who meet the above restrictions should initiate the request in writing to the UTSA Office of Undergraduate Admissions stating the desire to cancel the application for admission.
  • It is preferred to have the request submitted via a letter or e-mail that provides the student’s full name, date of birth, and student ID number to ensure correct identification.

Conditions

  • Students who cancel admission and later wish to enroll at UTSA must reapply for admission according to the requirements and procedures stated in the UTSA Information Bulletin current at the time of application.
  • Application fees submitted as part of an application process that is later cancelled are nonrefundable.
  • Documents submitted as part of an application process that is later cancelled remain the property of UTSA.
  • Students who cancel their admission after attending a Roadrunner Roundup (Orientation) will still remain responsible for the payment of all orientation fees and charges they incurred.
  • Any outstanding financial obligations to UTSA incurred prior to cancellation of admission remain in effect after cancellation of admission.

Special Undergraduate Students

Special undergraduate students are non-degree-seeking transfer students who enroll in courses only at the undergraduate level without pursuing a degree at UTSA. Special undergraduate students include those seeking to enroll at UTSA on a transient or post-baccalaureate basis. First-time freshmen and international students may not apply as special students. Because special undergraduate students are not working toward a degree, they are ineligible for financial assistance.

Applicants seeking to enroll as Special undergraduates should submit by the published deadline for the term:

  • An ApplyTexas Transient Application
  • A nonrefundable $60.00 application processing fee
  • An official transcript(s) from the most recently attended accredited institution(s) reflecting the last 30 undergraduate semester credit hours earned.

Applicants who have earned fewer than 30 semester credit hours must also provide by the published deadline for the term:

  • An official high school transcript that displays the date of graduation.
  • ACT or SAT scores sent directly to UTSA from the testing company.

Applicants who have earned fewer than 30 undergraduate semester credit hours attempted at an accredited college or university at the time of application must meet the same admission requirements as first-time freshmen, have at least a 2.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale on all college-level coursework, and be in good standing at the last institution attended.

Applicants who have earned 30 or more undergraduate semester credit hours at the time of application must have at least a 2.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale in the last 30 hours attempted and be in good academic standing at the last accredited college or university attended. Even though admission is based on the last 30 undergraduate semester credit hours attempted, students must list all colleges and universities attended on the admission application.

Special students desiring to be regular degree-seeking students must reapply for admission and meet the same admission requirements as those listed for transfer students. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the application dates stated in this bulletin.

International Undergraduate Students

Definition

Applications from individuals who plan to enroll while residing in the United States on a non-immigrant visa are processed as international students. International students can apply by submitting the International Student ApplyTexas Application (electronic version).

All international students, including first-time freshmen and transfer students, must:

  1. Prove proficiency in the English language by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. English as a Second Language courses will be required for those students who need additional language training.

      TOEFL Internet TOEFL Paper IELTS
    English Language Assessment Program (ELAP) Exempt 100 600 7
    Admission Qualification* 61 500 5

    * The UTSA English Language Assessment Program (ELAP) is required of all new students. Students may be assigned to take up to four English as a Second Language courses based on ELAP test results.

    TOEFL is an examination written by The Educational Testing Service of The College Board. For more information, visit www.toefl.org. IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (Cambridge ESOL) Examinations, British Council, and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia. For more information, visit www.ielts.org.

    The TOEFL or IELTS will be waived if:

    • The applicant graduated from a U.S. high school and completed two years of regular English courses.
    • The applicant has successfully completed 30 semester hours but fewer than 45 semester hours of transferable credit from a U.S. college or university that includes college-level English Composition I with a grade of “B-” or better.
    • The applicant has successfully completed 45 or more semester hours of transferable credit from a U.S. college or university.
    • The applicant graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university.
    • The applicant scored 500 or greater on the critical reading section of the SAT.
    • The applicant scored 21 or greater on the English section of the ACT.


    Conditional Admission: Students who do not submit or earn scores that prove English proficiency but who meet all other admission requirements can be admitted to the Intensive English Program (IEP) on the condition that they are accepted to the bachelor’s degree program of their choice when the appropriate level of English proficiency has been achieved. Conditional admission is not available to graduate students.

  2. Submit evaluation of foreign credentials. UTSA will accept evaluations from credential evaluation services that adhere to the published credential evaluation guidelines of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) or from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

  3. Submit all application materials including application for admission, nonrefundable application fee, evaluation of foreign credentials, and all supporting documents to International Undergraduate Admissions, Office of International Programs.

International First-Time Freshmen

Applicants for admission to UTSA as international first-time freshmen must:

  1. Have qualifications equivalent to those of students entering from accredited secondary schools in the United States, as determined by UTSA International Undergraduate Admissions.

  2. Have above-average grades on work completed in secondary school, as determined by UTSA International Undergraduate Admissions.

  3. If you have graduated from a U.S. high school, an American high school in a foreign country, or a high school in a native English speaking country, applicants must submit an SAT or ACT test score corresponding to rank-in-class requirements for first-time freshmen. SAT or ACT scores are highly recommended from students studying in high schools abroad. If you are required to take the SAT or ACT, refer to the “First-Time Freshmen” Admission Requirement section in this chapter.

Consult the UTSA International Undergraduate Admissions website at utsa.edu/international for detailed freshman admission criteria.

International Transfer Students

Transferring from Schools outside the United States. International transfer students who have earned 30 or more transferable credit hours from an accredited college or university in a country other than the United States must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, as determined by International Undergraduate Admissions.

Transferring from Schools within the United States. International transfer students who have earned 30 or more transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States must have a 2.25 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale all college work attempted.

Freshman-Transfer. Students with less than 30 semester credit hours earned at the time of applying must meet freshmen and transfer admission requirements.

Consult the UTSA International Undergraduate Admissions website at utsa.edu/international/transfer for detailed transfer admission criteria.

International Application Deadlines
Fall Semester June 1
Spring Semester October 15
Summer Semester  March 1

Automatic Admission for Children of Certain Deceased Public Servants

An applicant for undergraduate admission (whether a first-time freshman or a transfer student) who is the child of a public servant, as defined in Texas Government Code, Section 615.003 (including law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and others), who was killed or sustained a fatal injury in the line of duty, is entitled to automatic admission as an undergraduate student if the applicant is a high school graduate, meets the application deadline, and submits the paperwork required by Texas Education Code, Section 51.803(c) and (d). Applicants who are automatically admitted under these provisions are subject to certain post-admission requirements when the University determines that the applicant could benefit from additional preparation for college-level work or from inclusion in a retention program, as set out in Texas Education Code, Section 51.803(f).

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Admission Procedures

Each applicant for admission is responsible for ensuring that the ApplyTexas application and all required application materials (nonrefundable application processing fee, SAT or ACT test results sent directly from the testing company, official transcripts, etc.) are on file in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the application deadlines. The ApplyTexas application is submitted electronically at www.applytexas.org. An admission decision is not made until the applicant’s file is complete. All documents submitted in support of an application become the property of UTSA and cannot be returned. Offers of admission are valid only for the semester indicated in the acceptance letter.

Students who are admitted for any semester and do not register for courses or withdraw before the census date must submit a new ApplyTexas application and nonrefundable application processing fee to apply for any future semester. Any subsequent applications must be in accordance with current admission requirements. New transcripts, test scores, and other supporting documents may be required since files for admitted students who do not register are not retained indefinitely, and to ensure the application file reflects the applicant’s complete academic record prior to enrollment at UTSA.

The University reserves the right to decline admission to applicants with criminal convictions.

Application Dates

Students are urged to apply for admission as early as possible so that matters regarding admission can be resolved well in advance of the beginning of a semester. It is the responsibility of the individual applicant to assure that all required documents are received by the institution by the FINAL deadline. Applicants whose files are completed by the priority application deadlines have increased availability of courses and other campus resources during registration. Deadlines which fall on a weekend or UTSA holiday will be extended until 5:00 p.m. the following business day.

U.S. Resident PRIORITY Processing Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester March 1
Spring Semester October 15
Summer Semester March 1
TRANSFER U.S. Resident FINAL Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester July 1
Spring Semester November 15
Summer Semester May 1
FRESHMEN U.S. Resident FINAL Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester June 1
Spring Semester November 15
Summer Semester May 1

Students must have all application materials (application, nonrefundable application processing fee, and all required supporting documents) on file in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the application deadlines. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that this happens. If required documents are received beyond these dates, the application will not be completed and no decision will be rendered.

Admission Appeal Process

Applicants for admission and admitted students have the right to appeal decisions of the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Students requesting an appeal must do so by submitting the Appeal for Undergraduate Admission form and any other requested documents as outlined on the form (available under UTSA Forms and Publications on the Admissions Web site: http://utsa.edu/admissions/).

The appeal must be received by the Appeal Deadline for the term of the application. Deadlines which fall on a weekend or UTSA holiday will be extended until 5:00 p.m. the following business day.

Fall Semester August 1
Spring Semester December 17
Summer Semester May 15

Readmission

Former UTSA students who have not been in attendance for more than three consecutive semesters (Summer term included) must reapply for admission by submitting the ApplyTexas application by the application deadline. The application should be submitted electronically through the ApplyTexas Web site.

When reapplying for admission to UTSA, students are not at liberty to disregard previous college work attempted. All former students returning to UTSA who have attended other regionally accredited institutions of higher education since they were last enrolled at UTSA must submit an official transcript from each institution.

Eligibility for readmission depends on the student’s academic status at the conclusion of the last UTSA semester of enrollment and performance on any subsequent college or university work attempted since last enrolled at UTSA.

Evaluation of any subsequent coursework attempted is based on the same admission requirements for new transfer students. The only transferable college-level work evaluated is that earned since last enrolled at UTSA. The former student applying after a first dismissal with work in progress at the time of the application will be deferred for receipt of grades from the work in progress.

Former UTSA students who were academically dismissed during their previous period of enrollment and wish to return to UTSA, MUST follow the guidelines outlined in the “Academic Standing/Academic Dismissal and Reinstatement Policy and Procedures” section in Chapter 4, General Academic Regulations – Undergraduate, of this bulletin.

Students who are readmitted for any semester and do not register for courses or withdraw from all courses prior to census date must submit a new ApplyTexas application and a nonrefundable application processing fee for any future term. If additional college-level work from a regionally accredited institution is attempted, an official transcript reflecting that work will also be needed.

Students who withdrew from the University to perform military service (not including Texas National Guard training exercises) will not have to requalify for admission and may be readmitted by the Office of the Registrar upon a request made within one year of being released from active military service. A returning student may be eligible for the same financial assistance provided before the student’s withdrawal.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions reserves the right to require students to resubmit official documents from former institutions at the time of applying for readmission.

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Admission To Colleges, Departments, and Special Programs
(In Addition To UTSA Admission)


College of Architecture

Admission Criteria for Freshman and Freshman-Transfer Students

Available openings within the College of Architecture are limited and, therefore, entry is competitive. Successful applicants entering the College from high school and freshman-transfer students (who have attempted less than 30 semester credit hours of college-level coursework) will be directly admitted, as a pre-major (pre-ARC for B.S. in Architecture, pre-CSM for B.S. in Construction Science and Management, or pre-IDE for B.S. in Interior Design), into the Foundation Year Program. The 28-semester-credit-hour Foundation Year Program (FYP) is designed to provide a broad exposure to the professions of the built environment and provide a strong foundation for future study in each of the College’s three academic majors.

An applicant for a College of Architecture major will be admitted to the respective pre-major by holistic review by the College of Architecture. The holistic review will consider applicants’ SAT or ACT scores, high school grade point average, high school rank, and any college-level work. The priority deadline is March 1; applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled or by July 1, whichever occurs first.

Students admitted to the University as pre-Architecture majors, pre-Construction Science and Management majors, and pre-Interior Design majors must follow the current policy and will be considered for admission to the applicable College of Architecture major only after completing the FYP and applying for admission via a Gateway Application to their chosen major (see below).

Admission to a Major

Students must successfully complete the FYP (28 semester credit hours) in order to be eligible to apply for the Gateway review process and subsequent admission into a major in the College of Architecture. Students who have completed the FYP must submit a Gateway Application (an application to a major in the College of Architecture) by the first Monday in May for review and consideration for admission into one of the College of Architecture majors for the following Fall semester. Applications are available on the College Web site. Gateway reviews are conducted at the conclusion of each Spring semester (once annually), for entry in the subsequent Fall semester. Students not accepted into any one of the three majors within the College of Architecture will be exited from the College (see Academic Standing and Exiting the College of Architecture in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog).

Admission Criteria for Transfer Students

Transfer applicants from outside UTSA (who have attempted 30 or more semester credit hours of college-level coursework) who wish to transfer to one of the three academic majors with advanced standing must comply with the FYP and application requirements indicated above and must apply to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Studies by the first Monday in May for review and consideration for advanced standing. External transfer applicants who have completed architecture coursework elsewhere must submit application packages that include their cumulative grade point average, a letter of interest, and a portfolio of studio work for students transferring into Architecture and Interior Design.

Transfer students who have attempted 30 or more semester credit hours of college-level coursework, have met University transfer admission criteria, and have applied for a College of Architecture major must meet the following requirements:

  1. An applicant must submit a Gateway Application (i.e., an application to a major in the College of Architecture) by the first Monday in May for review and consideration for admission into one of the College of Architecture majors or pre-majors for the following Fall semester. Transfer students will not be considered for admission into College of Architecture majors or pre-majors for Spring and Summer semesters. Transfer students admitted to the University for Spring or Summer semesters may apply for a change of major to a College of Architecture major or pre-major for a subsequent Fall semester (see the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog). Gateway applications are available on the College Web site.
  2. An applicant for admission into the Architecture or Interior Design majors who has completed architecture coursework elsewhere must include his or her cumulative grade point average, a letter of interest, and a portfolio of studio work in the application package. The portfolio should be sent directly to the College of Architecture.
  3. An applicant who has completed the equivalent of the Foundation Year and Gateway requirements elsewhere will be reviewed for admission into a College of Architecture academic major of Architecture, Construction Science and Management, or Interior Design by holistic review by the College and appropriate department or program. Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of the Foundation Year and Gateway requirements will not be considered for admission into a College of Architecture pre-major.
  4. An applicant who has not completed the equivalent of the Foundation Year and Gateway requirements elsewhere will be reviewed for admission into a College of Architecture pre-major by holistic review by the College and appropriate department or program. Transfer students who have not completed the equivalent of the Foundation Year and Gateway requirements will not be considered for admission into a College of Architecture academic major.

Transfer students admitted as pre-Architecture majors, pre-Construction Science and Management majors, or pre-Interior Design majors must follow the policies described above and may be considered for the corresponding College of Architecture academic major after completing the Foundation Year and Gateway requirements.

See the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog for additional details regarding the College of Architecture admissions and academic standing policies.

Department of Biology

Students interested in pursuing a Biology major must meet Department of Biology admission requirements in addition to University-wide admission requirements.

The specific criteria for admission to the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology are listed in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog. Applicants meeting all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements will be admitted to the Department of Biology as prebiology students. Subsequent eligibility of students admitted as prebiology students will be based on grade point averages and the successful completion of certain lower-division college coursework. Internal transfer students and external applicants who have successfully completed all prebiology requirements should meet with an advisor in the College of Sciences to declare the Biology major.

The UTSA Undergraduate Catalog has additional details regarding these provisions and the requirements for students to remain in good academic standing with the Department of Biology, College of Sciences and the University.

College of Business

The College of Business seeks to use available resources in ways that prepare as many qualified students as possible for careers in business. The undergraduate degree admissions policy of the College of Business seeks to identify those students most likely to succeed in an undergraduate business education. The College of Business provides academic advising, tutoring, and other support services to help students succeed academically. All business students receive professional development training and assistance in finding internships and jobs through the Center for Student Professional Development. Students who are the first in their family to attend college can receive academic support and professional development through the Business Scholars Program. 

The specific criteria for admission to the College of Business are listed in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog.

Freshman Students: Generally, applicants meeting all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements and entering the University with fewer than 30 hours of college credit will be directly admitted to any College of Business major based primarily on their high school class rankings, successful completion of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), plus placement into or completion of MAT 1033 and WRC 1013.

Transfer Students: Applicants who have completed 30 or more hours of transferable college credit will be directly admitted to any College of Business major based primarily on grade point averages and the successful completion of certain lower-division college coursework. Applicants who do not meet the criteria for direct admission will be admitted to the College as prebusiness (PRB) students if they transfer in with at least a 2.0 grade point average, have successful completion of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), plus placement into or completion of MAT 1033 and WRC 1013. Students who do not meet these criteria will be admitted to the University as undeclared (UND). Students who were previously dismissed from UTSA or the College of Business will be re-admitted as UND and must seek a major outside of the College of Business.

Students must maintain good academic standing with the University and with the College of Business to remain in the College. The UTSA Undergraduate Catalog has additional details regarding the College of Business admissions and academic standing policies. Students are expected to understand the difference between the UTSA grade point average policy and the College of Business grade point average policy.

College of Engineering

The admission to any undergraduate program in the College of Engineering at UTSA is based on UTSA’s undergraduate admission requirements plus the following additional admission criteria for the College of Engineering. A student may be admitted to the College of Engineering in two ways: directly into a major or as a pre-engineering student. A student is admitted directly into a major only if all College of Engineering admission criteria are met. Students interested in pursuing the Biomedical Engineering major must meet additional requirements. See the Department of Biomedical Engineering section in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog for information on admission to the Biomedical Engineering major.

The following are the requirements for direct admission to the College of Engineering majors including Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering:

  1. Requirements for direct admission to a College of Engineering major for new freshmen or freshman transfers who have been admitted to the University (freshman transfers are transfer students who have earned fewer than 30 hours):
    1. Must have completed MAT 1214, Calculus I, or the equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better, or have met a prerequisite for taking MAT 1214.
    2. i. Must have graduated in the top quartile of their high school graduating class, or
      ii. Must have graduated in the second quartile of their high school class and have a SAT score of at least 1050 or an ACT score of at least 22, or
      iii. Must be granted admission into a College of Engineering major by holistic review by the College of Engineering if not meeting the criteria in i. and ii. above.

      New freshmen and freshman transfers applying for admission to the College of Engineering and not meeting the above criteria will be admitted to the University as pre-engineering majors.
  2. Requirements for direct admission to a College of Engineering major for transfer students who have earned 30 or more hours and have been admitted to the University:
    1. Must have completed MAT 1214, Calculus I, or the equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better, or have met a prerequisite for taking MAT 1214.
    2. i. Must have a transfer grade point average of at least 2.50 and a grade point average of at least 2.50 in all mathematics, sciences, and engineering coursework, or
      ii. Must have a transfer grade point average of at least 2.00 and a grade point average of at least 2.00 in all mathematics, sciences, and engineering coursework, and be granted admission to the College of Engineering major by holistic review by the College of Engineering.

      Transfer students not admitted directly to a College of Engineering major may be granted admission to the pre-engineering major by holistic review by the College of Engineering.

      Transfer students not admitted directly to a College of Engineering major, nor granted admission as a pre-engineering major must select a different major at the University.

Pre-engineering majors who have at least a 2.00 grade point average in each of the three components of the Three Calculation Grade Point Average (see UTSA Undergraduate Catalog) may apply for admission to a College of Engineering major after completing MAT 1214 with a grade of “C-” or better. Admission of a pre-engineering major into a College of Engineering major will be determined by a holistic review by the College of Engineering.

All transfer students to the College of Engineering must complete at least 42 credit hours from their required major courses at UTSA before graduation.

The UTSA Engineering Summer Camp is a one-week camp open to incoming High School juniors, All participants will learn about engineering through hands-on workshops, team building activities, exciting seminars, research lab tours, and fun. Each student has the choice to stay overnight on campus in a Residence Hall or only participate in the day portion.

See the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog for additional details regarding the College of Engineering admissions and academic standing policies.

Honors College

The mission of the Honors College is to provide enhanced educational opportunities for selected, motivated, enthusiastic, diverse, and inquisitive students and to foster the pursuit of excellence in undergraduate higher education. The underlying philosophy of the program is that well-educated individuals should understand broad, interdisciplinary perspectives while demonstrating expertise in their chosen field.

The Honors College is a community of highly talented and motivated students who want the excitement and stimulation of a comprehensive, urban university and the individual attention available in an Honors College. The Honors College is open to students from all academic disciplines. Members of the Honors College pursue a rigorous academic program which satisfies all requirements of their academic departments and colleges and goes beyond those requirements to provide the basis for outstanding achievement and appropriate recognition for that achievement. The Honors College offers small classes with greater opportunities for student participation, increased student-faculty contact, greater individual attention, lively discussions of important issues, special interdisciplinary seminars, community service opportunities, encouragement of study abroad, learning of foreign languages, and supervised research and internship experiences. All these activities are designed to challenge talented students.

Although members of the Honors College may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors Studies, participation in the Honors College typically supplements, but does not replace, work in a major field. Credits earned in Honors College courses may be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements or specific degree requirements, when appropriate. Honors College advisors work with advisors in other colleges to assure that students meet all requirements of their major and Honors curriculum.

Students must submit an Honors application to be considered for admission to the Honors College either as an entering freshman or as a continuing UTSA or transfer student. In general, threshold application requirements for incoming freshmen are a composite SAT (critical reading and math only) of 1200 or above, a composite ACT score of 27 or above, and/or graduation in the top 10 percent of the high school class. However, the Honors College applies a holistic review approach to student admission, considering such factors as writing skills, student leadership, special skills and abilities, and special circumstances. Therefore, students whose SAT, ACT, or class rank do not meet the threshold requirement may still gain admission if they offer a compelling reason why they should be part of the program, just as students who meet those requirements are not guaranteed admission. For continuing UTSA students and transfer students, eligibility to apply is based on a college grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or better. Although students are admitted throughout the year, high school and transfer students must submit their applications by February 15 to be considered for Honors Scholarships.

Students who wish to apply for admission to the Honors College should contact the Office of the Dean of the Honors College. Applications are reviewed and Honors students are selected by members of the Advisory Committee on Honors Education. Selection is based on grades, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and writing samples. Admission is competitive and contingent upon the pool of applicants for any given year. Admission information is available online at http://utsa.edu/honors/.

Teacher Certification Programs

Information is current at time of publication, but may change without notice due to changes made by the state in the certification programs.

Admission to Teacher Certification

UTSA is approved by the State Board for Educator Certification to recommend students for teaching certificates in various baccalaureate degree areas. Students seeking a standard teaching certificate or seeking certification endorsements should apply for admission to the certification program through the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) Advising and Certification Center. Applicants may be either degree-seeking or special students.

Undergraduates seeking elementary, special education, or middle level teacher certification must complete the Interdisciplinary Studies degree as outlined in the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog or on the COEHD Web site under Certification Programs. Individuals seeking secondary certification should complete the bachelor’s degree requirements in their academic specialization while coordinating with the COEHD Advising and Certification Center to fulfill certification requirements. Individuals seeking teacher certification in physical education or school health should refer to the UTSA Undergraduate Catalog and the Department of Health and Kinesiology for certification requirements.  Students wishing to add additional teaching fields to their standard teaching certificate or graduate students seeking professional certification must also coordinate with the Center.

Specific information regarding admission requirements to the Teacher Certification undergraduate certification programs may be obtained in the COEHD Advising and Certification Center and online at the COEHD Web site under Certification Programs. Requirements for admission to the undergraduate Teacher Certification Program include:

  1. viewing the Teacher Certification Information tutorial online;
  2. taking and passing a quiz on the tutorial and completing an online application;
  3. attaining junior standing (60 semester credit hours) with at least 9 hours completed at UTSA;
  4. completing all core requirements (Music students: see a certification advisor);
  5. having a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) (these requirements may change due to changes in state teacher certifications);
  6. submitting authorization for a Texas Department of Public Safety criminal background report;
  7. having no active case pending with the UTSA’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS);
  8. attaining minimum passing scores on one of the following: THEA, ACCUPLACER, ASSET or COMPASS, or meeting exemption requirements for the THEA as outlined by the COEHD guidelines;
  9. earning a grade of “C” or better in WRC 1023 and a “C” or better in WRC 1013 or one of the following courses: COM 1043, COM 1053, COM 2123, SPN 3003, or SPN 3033;
  10. purchasing a LiveText subscription. Students will be required to turn in a copy of the receipt and keycode to MB3.214 (advising office);
  11. reading and signing the Texas Teacher Code of Ethics Standards Practice and turning in the last page of the document signed and dated to MB 3.214; and
  12. EC-6 BBL, and 4-8 BBL students must take and pass the ALPS test.

Coursework Policy

Students must apply and be accepted to the Teacher Certification Program to be eligible to register for restricted courses. Please refer to the catalog for a list of restricted courses. Courses in the Teacher Certification Program require field work in various educational settings. No student is exempt from this field work requirement. All field work must be completed to receive a passing grade for the course. Field placements are assigned by the Director of School Partnerships in the COEHD.

Criminal History Checks

UTSA students must submit to a criminal history background check every semester they interact directly with any minor(s) or legal adult(s) of diminished capacity as a requirement for course completion. Students who are unable to meet the criminal background check standards for the school districts may not be able to complete a course or the Teacher Certification Program. If a student is rejected twice by districts in one semester because of criminal history, students will not be able to continue in the program until such time as the criminal background check is cleared. In accordance with Sec.53.021, Texas Occupation Code, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) may suspend or revoke a teacher certificate or refuse to issue a teacher certificate for a person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor for a crime that directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession.

Students are encouraged to initiate and maintain contact with an academic advisor in the COEHD Advising and Certification Center in order to stay informed of certification and graduation requirements.

UTSA Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards

To be admitted to the Teacher Certification Program students must be in good standing with the UTSA. Students seeking admission to the Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program who have ever been referred to UTSA’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) may have those referrals and the outcomes of those referrals considered by the Associate Dean for Teacher Education in determining whether to grant admission to the Program. Admission is at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Teacher Education. Students requesting admission to the program who have cases pending with the SCCS will not be admitted until the SCCS case has been fully adjudicated.

Fitness to Teach Policy

The College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) has a responsibility to the educational community to ensure that individuals whom the University recommends to the State of Texas for teaching certification are fit to join the teaching profession. All teacher candidates in the UTSA Teacher Certification Program are expected to demonstrate that they are prepared to teach children and youth. This preparation results from the combination of successful completion of University coursework and the demonstration of important human characteristics and dispositions all teachers should possess. The UTSA Fitness to Teach policy addresses these important aspects of teacher preparation. The Fitness to Teach policy can be accessed from the COEHD Web site.

LiveText Portfolio and Assessment System

The College of Education and Human Development is responsible for developing a conceptual framework and related outcomes that demonstrate a teacher candidate’s ability to meet the Texas state standards for teacher education preparation programs. The COEHD is also responsible for assessing and reporting to the state their teacher candidates’ progress in meeting those outcomes. LiveText is the chosen system for completing these requirements at UTSA. Each teacher education candidate, upon admission to the program, is required to purchase a one-time subscription to LiveText at the beginning of their program. Further information about LiveText can be accessed from the COEHD Web site under Certification Program.

College of Education and Human Development Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) Exemption Guidelines for Students Seeking Admission to the Undergraduate Teacher Certification Program


Testing Exemptions
ACT Composite – 23 English and Math part scores – 19. Taken within the last five years.
SAT Combined Score – 1070 and verbal scores of at least 500 and math scores of at least 500. Taken within the last five years.
TAAS Exit Level Scale Scores: Math = TLI X–86; Reading = TLI X–89; Writing = 1770. Taken within the last three years.
TAKS scaled score of at least 2200 on the mathematics section (for math exemption) and scaled score of at least 2200 on the English Language Arts section (for reading and writing exemption). Taken within the last three years.

Exemption for Hearing Impaired Students
Hearing impaired students who plan to enter a teacher certification program may substitute the Stanford Achievement Test for the THEA. Passing scores are as follows:

Reading Comprehension – 29
Mathematics – 66
Language – 37
Study Skills – 19


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