(Aug. 28, 2013) -- Nearly 3,500 incoming freshmen and more than 1,900 transfer students – more than 5,400 new UTSA students -- began classes today at the Main Campus and Downtown Campus.
Enrollment at the UTSA campuses is more than 30,000 with students from all 50 states, three U.S. territories and more than 85 countries.
Kelsey Badillo, a freshman in business management said, "Everyone here is nice and friendly. It's great to be here at UTSA, and I'm looking forward to the year. I'm most excited about the networking and getting involved and getting to know people and the school more."
Robert Rivas, a biology lecturer and supervisor of the introductory biology lab, said, "Ready or not, here it comes! In my morning class, which starts at 7:30, I have 50 students enrolled and 49 showed up today, so that's a good start. I'm excited about the new people, new TAs and new classes."
Biology lecturer John Ashinhurst is glad to see a new crop of students. "I just got here, and I'm going to teach my first class in about an hour, and I'm looking forward to it."
UTSA provides access to excellence for a diverse group of students. Many are high achievers who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. The university ranks No. 5 in the nation in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanics, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine rankings.
UTSA has been rated one of the top 500 universities in the world according to the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, an annual study prepared by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The Academic Ranking is one of the top measurements for the performance of universities worldwide.
UTSA also is ranked among the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old and is one of just 70 U.S. institutions ranked among the top 400 universities worldwide by Times Higher Education, another leading world ranking measurement.
Information for this story was contributed by Jesus Chavez.
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.
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