FAQs

1. What is the LEAD Summer Academy?

  • The LEAD Summer Academy is an exciting UTSA program for selected first-year students who will begin their college career during the summer with an enriching experience. The program provides opportunities for students to “take a LEAD” by enrolling in two courses, connecting with a peer mentor, developing strong academic skills, and learning about resources on campus.
  • For further information about the program email lead@utsa.edu, call to talk to a LEAD representative at (210) 458-4595 or visit our website: www.utsa.edu/lead.
  • LEAD Summer Academy will take place from July 6 th – August 9 th.

 


2. Why was I offered LEAD Summer Academy?

You have been offered conditional admission to UTSA through the LEAD Summer Academy. Conditional admission means that you did not meet the guaranteed admission requirements which takes into consideration your high school class rank and SAT and/or ACT scores.

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3. What are the benefits of being in the LEAD Summer Academy?

  1. You will be admitted to UTSA and become a Roadrunner!
  2. You will be assigned a peer mentor in the summer and fall. You meet with your peer mentor regularly who will guide and support you.
  3. You will start taking courses in the summer and get a head start before other freshmen begin the fall semester.
  4. You will meet key UTSA staff and administrators from across the campus who will support you through your first year at UTSA.
  5. You will make friends with other students in the program and have fun attending LEAD sponsored events and activities.
  6. You will be introduced to numerous campus resources and support services.
  7. You will have the opportunity to form study groups, have access to tutors, and interact with student leaders.
  8. You will start taking college level courses, putting you ahead in your academics.

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4. What happens if I DO NOT accept to be in the program?

  1. You will not be considered for admission to UTSA fall 2022.
  2. You will need to meet UTSA transfer admission requirements and apply for a future semester.

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5. If I accept to be in the LEAD program and do not do well academically this summer, will I still be able to attend the fall semester?

  1. We anticipate that you will succeed as a result of the academic and social support you will receive. However, if you complete the summer and your GPA is not what you hoped, you will still be eligible to enroll in the fall term.
  2. Once you accept to participate in the LEAD program you are a UTSA student and DO NOT need to re-apply for fall admission.

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6. Why am I only allowed to take between 9-11 college credit hours in the fall?

  • Taking fewer classes in the fall will allow you to ease into the fall semester and increase your chances for academic success.
  • You will still be on track regarding course completion since you will have earned college credits over the summer.

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7. When will the LEAD Summer Academy occur and in which courses will I enroll?

  • The LEAD Summer Academy will occur July 6 th - August 9 th, 2022 (5 weeks).
  • One course in which you will be enrolled is the Academic Inquiry and Scholarship, which is a core curriculum course required of all UTSA students.
  • The additional course will be one of the following: US History: Civil War Era to Present (HIS 1053), US History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War (HIS 1043), Intro to American Politics (POL 1013), Texas Politics and Society (POL 1133), Intro. to Sociology (SOC 1013), or Freshman Composition I (WRC 1013).
  • You will be enrolled in a total of 6 hours which is equivalent to two courses.
  • If you already have college credit in every course listed above or anticipate having an Associate’s degree by the time you graduate from high school, you will need to contact a LEAD representative as soon as possible to further discuss this situation. Students that have completed these courses may not be suitable for this program.

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8. What does it cost to participate in the LEAD Summer Academy?

  • LEAD students will take 6 hours of coursework. Your cost is the tuition and fees for these 6 hours.
  • The cost for two summer courses is approximately $2,600 in tuition and fees. Textbooks, housing, meal plans, and other miscellaneous costs, are not included in the tuition and fees.

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9. I didn’t expect to attend college in the summer. Is there financial aid available?

  • You must also complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA for this upcoming summer.
  • Based on your FAFSA submission, various options may be available, so it is important to fill out the application as soon as possible to increase your chances in receiving 2022 summer aid.
  • There is no guarantee grant funding will be available. However, students can qualify for federal loans if this option becomes necessary.
  • Please note that the 2022-2023 FAFSA for fall/spring is separate and it will not affect your financial aid for summer.

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10. Why am I being admitted as an Exploratory Studies major and what does Exploratory Studies mean?

  • Many times brand new freshmen have not been exposed to the various majors and minors available at UTSA, so All LEAD students will be admitted as Exploratory Studies in order to have the opportunity to explore their options. Based on their academic progress, LEAD students may qualify to move into their intended major by the end of the fall term.
  • Exploratory Studies provides an opportunity to explore various majors and career options through courses you will take and academic advisors who will provide guidance towards your academic goals.

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11. Is UTSA orientation mandatory? How do I sign up?

  • Yes, attending a two-day UTSA orientation is mandatory.
  • You must sign-up via ASAP: https://future.utsa.edu/orientation/freshman
  • The orientation sign-up portal will open in early March.
  • You will be asked to pay your non-refundable orientation fee by credit card in order to confirm your orientation at time of sign up. PELL-eligible students will have an option to defer their orientation fee at the time of orientation sign up.
  • For more information about orientation fees, please visit https://future.utsa.edu/orienation/fee/.
  • For general information regarding orientation, please visit the Orientation and Family programs website at https://future.utsa.edu/orientation/freshman/.

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12. I need information about on-campus housing. Who can I contact to plan my summer LEAD housing?

  • Living on-campus for the summer is optional, and not a mandatory part of the program.
  • You can contact the UTSA Housing office at 210-458-6200 or email studenthousing@utsa.edu. Please mention your participation in the LEAD Summer Academy.
  • Housing is a separate cost from tuition and fees.
  • To apply for housing click on the following link: https://www.utsa.edu/housing/

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13. What do I need to accomplish before summer classes begin on July 8th?

Visit www.utsa.edu/rowdyready for your Rowdy Ready “to-do” list. The following are very important tasks to complete:

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14. When will I enroll in my summer and fall courses?

  • Once you complete all items on your Rowdy Ready “to-do” list, you will be eligible for registration.
  • Once you are “Rowdy Ready,” you will have the option to set up a registration day with an academic advisor. (Additional information will be sent to you by e-mail regarding detailed specifics about this process.)
  • At the time of your academic advising meeting, you will enroll in both summer and fall classes.
  • Important: You must submit your meningitis immunization record and must submit TSI scores or prove an exemption in order to qualify for registration.

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15. How do I park on campus?

  • Parking anywhere on the UTSA campus requires a permit or payment for short-term hourly parking.
  • If your mandatory LEAD orientation is held in person, you will be provided a dashboard permit that will allow you to park on campus.
  • Once registered for classes, you will need to purchase a permit on-line through your ASAP account or in person at the Campus Services office (MS 1.01.52 – Main Campus).
  • If LEAD Summer Academy is held in-person, you will need to purchase a summer 2022 parking permit which will be at a prorated cost. You will also need to purchase an additional parking permit if you wish to continue parking on campus for the fall and spring semester.

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16. What dining options are available for LEAD participants?

  • UTSA Dining offers summer dining plans at a rate of $250 or $500 for use at dining locations across campus. Please note that unused Dining Dollars do not roll over to the fall semester.
  • Summer dining plans are available for purchase at convenient dining locations such as RowdyMart, Market Place, P.O.D. and the Roadrunner Café throughout the summer.
  • In addition to a wide variety of brand name eateries on campus, Dining Dollars can also be used at the Roadrunner Café, UTSA’s only all-you-can-eat dining hall, with payment of the applicable door rate.  
  • View all dining locations and hours of operation at https://utsa.campusdish.com.

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17. Who can I talk to if I still have questions about the LEAD Summer Academy program?

  • A representative from the LEAD Summer Academy program is happy to speak with you. If you have additional questions, you may call a LEAD representative at (210) 458-4595 or email lead@utsa.edu.

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