Office of the President

Message From The President - July 2016

Dear Friends,

It may come as a surprise to some people just how busy a college campus can be during the summertime. UTSA is certainly no exception.

This summer, thousands of our students, and visiting students from other colleges and universities, are taking summer classes at UTSA to stay on track for an on-time graduation. At the same time, more than 5,000 children and teens are also experiencing 'college life' at UTSA.

Each summer, our enrichment camps offer bright young minds the chance to immerse themselves in areas such as robotics and computer programming, environmental conservation, architecture, the performing arts and archaeology. These kids see firsthand what it is like to be on a college campus and around peers who share their passion for learning. It is such a wonderful way to introduce them to the opportunities that await them in college.

The activity doesn't stop there. This summer, more than 8,000 prospective students are visiting UTSA as part of our orientation programs. Many of them are exploring our campuses in-depth for the first time, learning about all the resources the university has to help them succeed. Our goal is to inspire these students to become our next generation of Roadrunners.

I'm always fascinated to hear why these students are interested in UTSA, and this summer I've heard some amazing stories. One student, Alondra, says UTSA's growth and reputation for excellence caught her attention. This Rio Grande Valley student will transfer to UTSA in the fall to major in environmental science. She's a first-generation student who wants to complete college so she can be a role model for her family, particularly her older sister and younger brother. She's interested in a career in geological paleontology.

Leah, a graduate of San Antonio's Health Careers High School, became interested in UTSA after learning that one of her close friends was conducting breast cancer research here. Leah, also a first-generation college student, is focused on completing her biology degree at UTSA in three years before attending medical school. She's especially interested in UTSA's many research opportunities.

All summer long, UTSA welcomes top students in every age range. Whether they are in elementary school, middle or high school, or getting ready to start college, they are all discovering one thing: that UTSA is a destination for excellence.

Enjoy your summer.

Go 'Runners!

Ricardo Romo
President, The University of Texas at San Antonio