UTSA was founded on June 5, 1969 by Governor Preston Smith.
Orange, Navy Blue, and White.
- UTSA was first located at HemisFair Park in 1970.
- John Peace Library was named after a University of Texas System regent who donated his personal collection of Texas and Mexico history books for our first books.
- Wayne Terry and Patricia DeBerry were the first Mr. and Ms. UTSA in 1977.
- The first doctoral program, Biology, was established in 1992.
- The Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSS) was the first building on campus.
- Sigma Kappa was the first sorority on campus in 1981.
- Sigma Phi Epsilon was the first fraternity on campus in 1979.
- The Campus Recreation Center opened in 2003.
Started in the early 1980's. Fraternities and sororities compete in friendly, healthy competition.
The Bridge of Love:
The place for lovers to meet. The tradition started more than 20 years ago during the Vietnam War. Located near the Arts Building.
The Roadrunner Hand Sign:
Make by opening your hand with your palm facing away from you, as if you were telling someone to stop. Then, curl your first three fingers toward the center of your palm, leaving your thumb and little finger upright.
The Fountain of Luck:
It is said by many that touching the fountain under the Sombrilla will bring good luck on your final exams. It is only good to touch it during finals and not any other time because then it will give you bad luck.
Tomás Riverá was a scholar and author. At UTSA, he served as associate dean and Vice President for Administration.
The student newspaper that is distributed every Tuesday. The word Paisano is Spanish for Roadrunner.
University Life Awards:
UTSA's oldest tradition. Started in 1978,UTSA strives to recognize the strong efforts students, faculty, and staff make to improve the UTSA and San Antonio communities. The ULA ceremony recognizes outstanding students, student organizations, staff, and faculty for their contributions to the quality of student life at UTSA. These awards, coordinated by the Student Government Association, are presented annually in the spring semester.
This is the plaza in front of the John Peace Library where students go to lunch, study, or enjoy entertainment during university festivals.
Spanish word for parasol or umbrella.
UTSA Fight Song:
Go, Roadrunners, Go!
On to vict'ry with all your might.
Fight, Roadrunners, Fight!
For the Blue and the Orange and the White.
We fight for U-T-S-A
Alma Mater proud and strong.
Win, Roadrunners, Win!
And unite in our battle song.
(Repeat for second verse)
Near the Arts Building is Stonehenge. It has been on campus longer than any building. O'Neil Ford, the architect who designed UTSA, wanted to know how the building material he chose would look against the backdrop of the Hill Country. Stonehenge is that sample.
The Roadrunner has been the UTSA mascot since 1977 when it was decided in a 2-1 victory. It is of special note that Roadrunner was a write-in option. If not for the dedication of a group of students, UTSA's mascot may have been the armadillo. Luckily for us, we've been Roadrunners ever since! Our mascot's name is Rowdy the Roadrunner.
Rowdy the Roadrunner:
The roadrunner, a bird representative of the Texas Hill Country and the Southwest, was voted the UTSA mascot in 1977. Look for Rowdy at UTSA athletic events, Roadrunner Days, Homecoming, and other University programs.
1970–1973 Arleigh B. Templeton
1973–1977 Peter T. Flawn
1977–1990 James W. Wagener
1990–1999 Samuel A. Kirkpatrick
1999-Present Ricardo Romo
UTSA Alma Mater:
From the hills of oak and cedar
To the Alamo
Voices raised will echo
As, in song, our praises flow
Hail Alma Mater!
Through the years our loyalty will grow
The University of Texas
The time period (usually the first week of classes) allowing students to add courses or drop registered courses. See the online Registration Instructions for specific dates each semester.
Access College and Excel scholarship. Awarded to students from 9 local high schools to promote higher education.
Academic Development Program
Alternate PIN: Alternate Personal Identification Number; a number assigned that you are required to have for course registration on ASAP.
A student volunteer program designed to promote UTSA and interact with students, faculty, administrators, civic leaders, and organizations in the San Antonio area.
Automated Student Access Program; online computer system for all UTSA students to register and access student records and general information.
This is your UTSA Student ID number starting with the ‘@’ character. It will help you log in to ASAP and identify you in classes and organizations.
Campus Activities Board.
Coordinated Admissions Program for UT Austin.
UTSA undergraduate catalog; a publication containing information about University degree programs, regulations, policies, and course requirements, necessary to earn a degree.
The last day to drop or withdraw from a course without a grade, choose the credit/no credit grading option, drop individual courses, and receive a partial refund. No refund will be given for dropping courses after this date.
Colleges' Freshman Advising Center
Chaparral Village: UTSA's housing complex. Houses 1,002 students in 2-bedroom and 4-bedroom furnished apartments.
UTSA is made up of 8 colleges: Colleges of Architecture, Business, Education & Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal & Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences, and the Graduate College. The UTSA Catalog lists all majors by college.
The Convocation Center; UTSA's main sports venue and the location for all graduation ceremonies
An abbreviated term for the core curriculum; part of each student's degree program that meets requirements common to all undergraduates.
Designated study days before final examinations where classes do not meet.
Financial Aid and Enrollment Services Center: Enrollment Services Center; location where students can get financial aid, admissions, and scholarship questions answered.
UTSA campus, located at 501 W. Durango.
Downtown Campus: Celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2007. Classes available in the Buena Vista Street, Frio Street, Monterey and Durango buildings.
Fiscal Services: The office where payment of a student's tuition and fees are made.
Hold: A restriction placed on your record by various offices that prevents you from registering for classes.
UTSA Athletic Department:
San Antonio's only NCAA Division I Institution
Howdy Rowdy Bash:
Annual Welcome To and Welcome Back to UTSA party, started in 1995. It has featured a Video Dance Celebration, Step Demonstrations, and always a lot of fun. The event is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.
UTSA's Homecoming began in 1985 to allow students and alumni to share in the excitement of supporting the Roadrunners. The golf cart parade and the selection of Mr. and Ms. UTSA and family weekend are just some of the activities that take place during this week. It also features the newest tradition at UTSA, the Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular. The Rowdy Rampage is a concert, sprit rally, and fireworks display.
The numbering system we use at UTSA is a standard architectural system used in new buildings. For example, a room number may be listed like this:
- The first letters stand for the building name. (University Center)
- The first number is the floor number of the building.
- The second number is the corridor.
- The third number is the actual room number.
Seal of the University of Texas at San Antonio:
The seal features the University's colors, orange and white. The motto on the seal, Disciplina Praesidium Civitatis, is a terse Latin translation of a quotation by past president of the Republic of Texas, Mirabeau B. Lamar: "A cultivated mind is the guardian genius of democracy."
Texas State University in San Marcos is our main rival. Each year, UTSA fights for the right to keep an I-35 sign that is passed between the schools based on the winner of the men's basketball game.
Roadrunner Camp is a two-day leadership and social retreat for freshmen held the week before the fall semester begins. Students sign up for Camp during their Roadrunner Roundup Program. The camp has grown from 65 students in 1993 to over 250 students to date. Roadrunner Camp is one of UTSA's strongest traditions for new students.
This Festival has been held as part of FIESTA for over 25 years and been a part of the traditions at UTSA for more than 27 years. The event features food and activities in booths sponsored by student organizations, a visit by the Fiesta Royalty, and several musical performances. This event is always one of the first official events on the San Antonio FIESTA Calendar and was the first FIESTA event held north of the city.
NIUTSA Jazzed Up!:
NIUTSA, pronounced "Ni-Ootsa", is a Pre-Fiesta event that has become a Downtown Campus tradition. One of the first large events ever held at the Downtown Campus in 1999, NIUTSA has evolved into a family-friendly event featuring live jazz bands, inflatable games, novelty itmes, crafts, and food! NIUTSA is free and open to the entire UTSA community. Bring the kids, bring the entire family! Bring your lawn chairs, bring your blankets! Come to relax and enjoy some great jazz music!
Rowdy Rampage Fireworks Spectacular:
This event is a spirit rally and fireworks display that is held in conjunction with Homecoming. There is also a popular band selected to play. The event brings together over 1,000 Roadrunner fans. The event was started in response to student requests for a bonfire. Instead of a bonfire, it was decided that fireworks are more unique and thus a tradition was born.
This festival occurs around Halloween each fall. There is a costume contest, band, and many booths of food and activities sponsored by our student organizations. The event is always very popular.
Babcock Road Clean-Up:
Each fall, UTSA works to give back to its community. The Babcock Road Clean-Up is sponsored by the VOICES organization and brings together hundreds of volunteers to clean up Babcock Road from 1604 to De Zavala. It's a great way to meet others and give back to the community.
Golf Cart Parade:
One of the only schools in the United States to do one, UTSA hosts a parade of Golf Carts during Homecoming Week. Each year a new theme is selected, and students get involved by decorating carts and participating in the parade itself.
Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association since 1996, the Official UTSA Ring serves as a symbol of pride and accomplishment. The ring represents a lifelong link with fellow classmates and alumni. Students who have achieved junior or senior status are eligible to wear the ring. Students receive their Official UTSA Rings in the presence of friends, family and university dignitaries at the Official Ring Presentation Ceremony held each fall and spring semester.
Even More Information:
If you are want more information or details about UTSA's history, traditions and strange happenings, check UTSA's articles at the Visitor Center about the school's History, Traditions, Folklore, and more.
A student who wishes to have enhanced educational opportunities may choose to be a part of the Honors College.
Interdisciplinary studies; a degree offered in the College of Education & Human Development preparing students to teach.
Instead of a grade at the end of the semester, a professor may give a student an "Incomplete" until the student has completed the missing assignment(s) or other work.
ITC/HemisFair Park Campus:
Institute of Texan Cultures, located at the UTSA Hemisfair Park Campus, is one of the three UTSA campuses. The museum welcomes more than 300,000 visitors annually to view its exhibits about Texas history and culture. Admission is free for UTSA students, faculty and staff.
John Peace Library.
Classes that are at the 1000 or 2000 level
An academic building that houses some administrative offices.
Main Campus: Formerly called the UTSA 1604 Campus.
Orientation Leaders are a highly trained group of students that work for the office of Orientation and Transition Services.
An abbreviated term for prerequisites, which are stated for all courses in the catalog and list the background expected of all students in the course.
Office that maintains students' academic records (i.e. Official and Unofficial transcripts)
Roadrunner Camp: A two-day traditions camp for freshmen held the week before fall classes begin.
A series of required events for all freshmen and freshman transfers that traditionally takes place on the two days prior to the first day of classes.
Registered Student Organization.
Schedule of Classes:
An online tool that contains class listings and important semester information academic for each semester.
The class agenda and instructor policies regarding grading and testing.
The covered patio area attached to the John Peace Library (JPL). Sombrilla means umbrella in Spanish.
Tomás Rivera Center for Student Success; advising center for undecided students and houses tutoring, and other retention programs.
Classes that are at the 3000 or 4000 level.
Your official university identification card.
Volunteer Organization Involving Community; Education, and Service.
Dropping all courses and leaving the University. To officially withdraw, a student must first speak with an advisor and must withdraw at the Enrollment Services Center.