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Building a Decade of Excellence: UTSA in Downtown San Antonio

Great cities need great universities, and great universities need great cities. In the nation's most innovative urban centers, leading research institutions are at work meeting the demands of thriving populations in new global economies. Such is the case with the UTSA Downtown Campus and San Antonio.

UTSA Announces Multi-Level Support for A New High Technology Corridor from San Antonio Business and Government Leaders

The UTSA Downtown Campus is on track to become the anchor for a new high technology corridor in San Antonio. This fall, financial support from The University of Texas System Board of Regents, a $15 million gift from San Antonio business leader/entrepreneur Graham Weston, and discussions about three properties from the City of San Antonio and Bexar County have launched the first phase of a 10-year plan. These funds will support the construction of two facilities for UTSA’s proposed School of Data Science and its National Security Collaboration Center.

UTSA now leads the momentum in San Antonio as we grow together to build a highly skilled workforce for the major companies relocating to the area and for new vision of a technology and innovation corridor, the likes of which does not exist in another metropolitan downtown area.

Bexar County Commissioners Court approves land transfer to support UTSA Downtown Campus vision
City of San Antonio approves land transfer for UTSA Downtown Campus initiative
UTSA receives $15 million gift and land to advance vision for Downtown Campus
UTSA expands Downtown Campus with a National Security Collaboration Center and planned new School of Data Science


As part of a new master plan, UTSA’s historic expansion will begin by realigning its academic divisions. The Downtown Campus is slated to host the programs most critical to urban science: public policy and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, data and computer sciences, and architecture and planning. Over the next 10 years, UTSA plans to add a School of Data Science, a School of Entrepreneurship, a National Security Collaboration Center, an Urban Education Institute and an Urban Science Institute downtown, in the heart of San Antonio.

The UTSA vision is about creating long-term, transformative possibilities for millions for people. It's about filling a pipeline of talent for San Antonio. It's about becoming an economic driver with an educated workforce equipped with the right skills to meet San Antonio's evolving needs.

San Antonio is a living laboratory that is well-positioned to take on the needs of a major city, such as challenges with energy and water for a thriving population, cybersecurity, health care, the Internet of Things, data visualization and storage, sustainability, housing, transportation and smart community plans.

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New Job Projections in Greater
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health care practitioners


business and financial operations






computers and systems




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National Security Collaboration Center

The National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) will advance research, education, and workforce development in the areas of cybersecurity, data analytics, and cloud computing. The NSCC will build a collaborative and impactful ecosystem engaging government, industry and academia to solve the nation’s greatest issues surrounding cybersecurity.

  • Fills the dire need for a cybersecurity workforce
  • Fuel’s San Antonio’s Tech Corridor
  • Supports major companies growing or moving to San Antonio
  • Aligns with federal agency presence
  • Advances San Antonio’s position as a leader in national security
  • Hub for Texas Cyber Corridor
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School of Data Science

Merging eight existing academic departments, centers and institutes to centralize UTSA's talent and resources in cybersecurity, data science and data management into one powerhouse.

  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security
  • Department of Statistics & Data Sciences
  • Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security
  • Cyber Center for Security and Analytics
  • Institute for Cyber Security
  • Open Cloud Institute
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School of Entrepreneurship

Nurturing the big ideas that will transform the world.

  • Degree programs and professional certificates
  • Prototype labs
  • Entrepreneurship incubators
  • Creative spaces for startups, collaboration
  • Living/learning facilities
  • Meetups and workshops
  • Business model competitions
  • Commercialization programs
  • Innovation boot camp
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Urban Education Institute

Tackling the grand challenges surrounding urban education and student success through innovative partnerships and clinically rich approaches to school professional preparation.

  • High-quality research impacting education policy and practices
  • Partnerships with K-12 and community organizations
  • Residential experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, connecting theory to practice
  • Development of a University Lab School
  • Leadership development
  • Policy studies
  • An ISD partnership to further drive prosperity and opportunity for all San Antonians. UTSA will serve as the city's anchor for "cradle through career" education, becoming a conduit.
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Urban Science Institute

Driving public policy and the future of San Antonio through urbanomics, the application of big data, computation and visualization of massive quantities of information on urban metabolism.

  • Transportation
  • Sustainability
  • Energy
  • City Planning
  • Water Resources
  • Clean Air
  • Population

Building the Right Partnerships and Impact

Strategically placing many of UTSA's capabilities at the Downtown Campus will make the campus a prosperity driver for San Antonio and enable transdisciplinary discovery by giving community, business and innovation leaders immediate access to UTSA's brightest minds.

To evolve how UTSA serves the city's social, economic and cultural communities, the university is developing public-private partnerships the likes of which have never before been modeled in San Antonio. These partnerships include entities like

  • San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
  • Bexar County Economic Development
  • City of San Antonio Economic Development
  • City of San Antonio
  • 24th Air Forces Cyber
  • 25th Air Force
  • Army Research Laboratory
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • US Department on Energy
    • Idaho National Laboratory
    • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    • Sandia Narional Laboratories
  • Mitre (FFRDC)
  • NSA Texas
  • US Secret Service
  • Accenture
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Build Sec Foundry
  • IP Secure
  • LGS Innovations
  • Noblis
  • Parsons
  • Peraton
  • Port San Antonio
  • Raytheon

The university is also working with several agencies to shape its degree programs to meet the city’s future needs.

The UTSA Downtown Campus expansion is about many things. But, bottom line…

It’s about excellence…in everything UTSA does.

Join the Momentum. It’s Unstoppable.

Students enrolled at the UTSA Downtown Campus live and learn in the heart of the city scene. The Downtown Campus’ strategic location places students near famous landmarks, the San Antonio River Walk, beautiful city parks, museums, art districts and the excitement of Southtown and The Pearl developments. While the UTSA campus expands, so the city will likewise continue to grow. Join the momentum now.

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