(Aug. 19, 2014) -- Throughout the summer, UTSA staff members have worked to develop a top-tier residential living experience at each of the university's three residence facilities: Chaparral Village, Laurel Village and San Saba Hall. This week, UTSA will put the finishing touches on the facilities before approximately 4,300 students arrive Friday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 24.
"We have been busy making sure that everything is ready for the arrival of our residents," said Daniel Gockley, director of the UTSA Office of Housing and Residence Life. "We hope that the residents really enjoy what we've done over the summer."
This year, Laurel Village will feature a special-interest community for approximately 20 students majoring in music. The themed community, designed to foster academic success, will be similar to those already in San Saba Hall including the Engineering Community, the Leadership and Service Community, and the Honors College Communities (Top Scholars and Terry Scholars.)
Gockley said UTSA hopes to offer more special-interest housing options to students in the future.
New and returning residents will find that flooring in most Chaparral Village Rooms has been replaced with new vinyl plank flooring, reminiscent of hardwood. Additionally, twin-sized beds in several locations in Chaparral Village and Laurel Village have been replaced with new full-sized beds.
"The success of our students is our primary concern," said Gockley. "Our great students need a great place to live, and we've worked tirelessly to give them a top-tier living experience here at UTSA."
UTSA Residence Hall Move-In is 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 24.
The official kick-off of the new academic year, UTSA Roadrunner Days, runs Aug. 22-29 with themed events at the Main and Downtown campuses. The events and activities give students an opportunity to take part in time-honored UTSA traditions and connect with UTSA resources. Read more.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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