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About UTSA

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is redefining higher education as a next-generation Hispanic-thriving university where students from all backgrounds can excel.

With a focus on student success and research excellence, UTSA is serving as a model for the urban-serving public universities of the future. Through the transformational learning experiences that we provide, UTSA is creating bold futures for our students, the citizens of San Antonio and beyond.

Future-Focused Higher Education

As the largest university in San Antonio, UTSA is rising to new heights as one of approximately 20 universities nationwide that are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions and hold a prestigious Tier One classification for research excellence.

What it means to be bold at UTSA

Creating Bold Futures

Founded 1969

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Our Past

UTSA has a unique and rich history that is shared by Roadrunners of all ages

About our history

Downtown Campus

Our Present

UTSA is guided by a commitment to our students and community

About our destinations

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Your Future

UTSA is going boldly into the future, growing our student body and campuses

About our bold plan

UTSA at a glance

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34,734

total students attending UTSA

45%

first generation undergraduate students

145K+

Roadrunner alumni around the world

Tier One

research university

Southwest School of Art

In the coming months UTSA will proudly add the Southwest School of Art (SSA) as its fifth campus, with enrollment to begin fall of 2022. UTSA's Southwest Campus will be part of an expanded new school focused on advancing arts education.

History & Traditions

A big part of college is the lifelong memories you'll create and the experiences that unite you with alumni around the world. UTSA's traditions help to tell our story and are interwoven into the fabric of the university.

Rowdy

Rowdy the Roadrunner

Rowdy, UTSA's mascot since 1977, represents the spirit and excitement of the Roadrunner community.

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Birds Up! Hand Sign

A symbol of UTSA pride commonly seen at athletic events, graduations, and other celebrations, this gesture forms a roadrunner's head and tail.

Sombrilla Plaza fountaion

The Fountain of Luck

One of the most recognizable landmarks at UTSA, the Sombrilla Fountain brings both good and bad luck depending on when you touch it.

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Happy band members birds-up-ing Roadrunner crowd cheering at the Alamodome

Embracing our Hispanic Serving Identity

UTSA’s foundational roots — based on the dreams of generations with the promise of social mobility and opportunity for San Antonio’s predominantly Mexican American population — underpin our institutional commitment to positioning Latino students, staff and faculty for growth, leadership and success.

See how we embrace our Hispanic identity

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Seal of Excelencia

UTSA is a proud 2020 recipient of this national certification recognizing leadership in advancing Latino student success. We are one of only 24 colleges and universities nationwide to earn this prestigious certification.

Our City

UTSA is proud to be located in San Antonio, the nation’s seventh largest city and one of the fastest growing in the country. UTSA considers San Antonio an extended campus for its urban-serving mission.

Explore San Antonio

San Antonio skyline

Dedicated to the Community

The university is a major supplier of talent for the city’s workforce, an inspiration for business startups, and an integral partner in solving San Antonio’s grand challenges. UTSA is proud to be classified as a Community Engaged institution by the Carnegie Foundation.

Discover how UTSA supports the community

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Nationally Recognized for Research

UTSA is one of only about 20 universities nationally that are both Hispanic serving institutions and classified as Tier One for research.

Learn about this prestigious designation

UTSA is now Tier One

Meet our President

Taylor Eighmy is the 6th President of The University of Texas at San Antonio. As an advocate for urban-serving public higher education, Eighmy is passionate about UTSA’s role in developing San Antonio’s knowledge economy by preparing future leaders and generating new knowledge that changes the world.

Meet Taylor

We are educating students who have the skills our city, state and nation need to address our society’s grandest challenges.
Taylor Eighmy, President
Taylor Eighmy with Sombrilla Plaza in the background