(May 14, 2018) -- UTSA has received a special national designation for how it treats and takes care of its student veterans. Victory Media recently released its Military Friendly Schools rating, and UTSA is ranked No. 3 in the country among its research peers.
Additionally, UTSA is one of just two Texas higher education institutions that made it to the top 10 in its peer group.
The ranking methodology was based on six categories, each of which UTSA exceeded. Categories included academic policies and compliance, admission and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid and assistance, graduation and career, and military student support and retention. Notably, UTSA had nearly perfect scores in two areas: academics policies and compliance, and culture and commitment.
“This ranking validates our efforts to help students be successful and to build prosperity in San Antonio; however, there is still more work that needs to be done,” said Lisa Carrington Firmin, UTSA associate provost for veteran and military affairs. “For example, we are currently working on efforts to secure a comprehensive center for military affiliated students.”
Last year, UTSA created the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA). It provides oversight and counsel to the UTSA military community to ease their transition to UTSA and to drive student success. UTSA’s student enrollment includes nearly 4,500 veterans, active duty, guard and reserve, ROTC, dependents and family members.
The VMA office:
VMA also teams up with community partners. Recent events for student veterans include:
“We stepped outside the box to create this office to better serve our military population,” said Firmin. “I see an even stronger commitment to serve student veterans under President Eighmy’s leadership.”
Learn more about UTSA’s Military Friendly Rating.
Learn more about the UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs.
The Department of Social Work introduces new students to the Master of Social Work program.Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus
The kickoff to Roadrunner Days, the UTSA community welcomes the thousands of students who move in to their new homes as they begin their journey at UTSA.Various residence halls, Main Campus
After a full day of moving, UTSA students and their families are invited to the party featuring food, swag, dancing and a special performance from the Spirit of San Antonio marching band.Student Union Paseo, Main Campus
This come and go session allows Roadrunners and their families to explore all the great things the UTSA Libraries offers to help students succeed. Join a group on a quest through the library for a chance at prizes and enjoy some ice cream.John Peace Library, Main Campus
Fast Action Trivia is a game where participants interact with fellow Roadrunners to test their brain skills while learning some interesting things about UTSA and have a chance to win actual cash money!Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
This UTSA tradition is a fun, engaging opportunity for Roadrunners to learn about the facilities, recreation programs and wellness services offered at the Main and Downtown Campuses while also enjoying tons of games and activities with new and old friends.Recreation and Wellness Center Texas Room (RWC 2.214) and San Antonio Room (RWC 2.218), Main Campus
The UTSA Ambassadors are here to help students find their classes before the first day of school! Bring your class schedule to the UTSA Ambassadors table in the Student Union Ski Lodge (near Chili’s Too!), and they will help you navigate the campus to find your classes.Student Union Ski Lodge (SU 1.01.00), Main Campus
Kickback at the Union is a welcome back event for new and returning Roadrunners. Come relax and learn about the Student Union, enjoy free food, games, photo booth, and a chance to connect with each department in the Union. Arrive early for free t-shirt and stay late for a movie.Student Union Paseo and Buildings, Main Campus