(Oct. 4, 2012) -- Half of The University of Texas at San Antonio's incoming class graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school classes, according to the Office of the Vice Provost for Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness. Twelve percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
Overall, Hispanic students make up UTSA's largest minority group at 45 percent. Additionally, approximately 62 percent of UTSA students are members of minority groups.
This year, UTSA began a new four-year Graduation Rate Improvement Plan (GRIP), which will help the Class of 2016 and all other undergraduates by setting higher expectations, providing better guides for academic success and minimizing barriers.
The initiative will include expanding the focus on integrating freshmen into a university setting, emphasizing four-year degree plans, increasing financial aid incentives and streamlined curricula, and adding faculty and advising staff.
On pace with UTSA's 2016 Strategic Plan, which targets overall enrollment at 30,000 by the year 2016, a preliminary census indicates that 30,474 students enrolled at UTSA in fall 2012.
In Texas, preliminary student enrollment figures at public higher education institutions are forwarded to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for review. Enrollment is one of several criteria used to determine the amount of state funding each institution receives to support its education mission.
UTSA preliminary enrollment statistics, fall 2012
Post Baccalaureate: 227
Graduate, Master's: 3,506
Total Male: 15,754
Total Female: 14,720
Total Minority*: 18,817
College of Liberal and Fine Arts: 6,214
College of Business: 5,673
College of Education and Human Development: 5,217
College of Sciences: 5,214
College of Engineering: 2,497
College of Public Policy: 1,496
College of Architecture: 958
No College Identified/Other: 3,205
Total University: 30,474
Downtown Campus: 2,425 (students enrolled at Downtown Campus only)
Main and Downtown: 3,571 (students enrolled at both campuses)
Main Campus: 24,478 (students enrolled at Main Campus only)
* Minority includes: Black or African American only; Hispanic of any race; Asian only; American Indian or Alaska Native only; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander only, and two or more races.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.