Our overall approach to the fall semester is based on flexibility and accessibility. This fall will look different for every student. Most course instruction will be online, with some incorporating additional in-person learning experiences. UTSA is committed to providing flexible alternatives so all students can engage fully with their coursework regardless of their comfort level with in-person learning.
Our world-class faculty are prepared to deliver inclusive, high quality and engaging course content regardless of format. Learn more about the Academic Experience >>
As of July 31, the schedule of classes has been finalized
Updates to the fall semester class schedule are now complete. Minor changes, such as instructor, room assignments and adding additional class sections, may continue to occur until the first day of classes.
Classes begin Aug. 24
The academic calendar for fall 2020 is unchanged. Classes will begin August 24 as originally scheduled. Final exams will be December 7–11.
A Glimpse into the Fall Semester
Instruction will be mostly online and designed to engage students in active learning
Fully Online – Asynchronous
There is no set course time — course content and instruction are available at the student’s convenience. There may be synchronous meetings (for example, office hours or tutoring) as long as they are not required for a grade.
Fully Online – Hybrid
All course content is available asynchronously; however, synchronous class meetings may be held as part of the course pedagogy and the student’s grade. The time for class meetings will be listed on the classes schedule and syllabus.
Fully Online – Synchronous
Classes occur online during the scheduled course period. Use of this mode requires approval by the dean of the college.
Classes occur in person with a set classroom capacity (no more than 40 students) during the scheduled course period. Content for all face-to-face classes must be posted online and available asynchronously to all students. Face-to-face classes must have a parallel online component of the classroom experience (hyflex) for students who will not be able to attend in person. Classrooms must be configured consistent with the guidelines provided by the Public Health Task Force to allow for effective social distancing. Notably, any UTSA student who chooses to take all their coursework online will have the ability to do so, as all in-person instruction will have the same content available and accessible online. All dissertations, thesis, research, and independent study courses will be listed as Face-to-Face.
After Thanksgiving break, all instructional activities will take place exclusively online
To better protect students and faculty during the holiday travel season, all instructional activities will be conducted online starting after Thanksgiving break and for the remainder of the semester. Final exams will be administered online.
Support for international students
Relative to the recent announcement by the Department of Homeland Security, and as a university adopting a hybrid instructional model for fall, staff from the division of Global Initiatives will work individually with international students on F-1 visas to certify their eligibility to continue their studies at UTSA.
Cost of attendance will remain unchanged
Fall tuition rates will remain as published. Some mandatory fees may be adjusted pending final decisions regarding campus services. Learn more about the cost of attendance for this fall.
UTSA Libraries will be open, and student academic support services will be in place
UTSA Libraries will undergo a phased reopening process for the benefit of those students on campus, while continuing to offer all their services virtually. Occupancy limits, social distancing and masking protocols will all be in place. Students will continue to have access to our full suite of advising, tutoring and other academic support services.
Additional WiFi access will be added
WiFi access points are being added across campus to help students with internet access needs.