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Our overall approach to the academic year is based on flexibility and accessibility. This academic year is different for every student. Most course instruction is online, with some incorporating additional in-person learning experiences. UTSA is providing flexible alternatives so all students can engage fully with their coursework regardless of their comfort level with in-person learning.

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May 2021 commencement plans announced

In-person commencement ceremonies for May 2021 graduates will be held May 14-16. In-person ceremonies for graduates who earned their degrees in May 2020 and December 2020 will be held the following weekend, May 21-23. These ceremonies will be college-based and will be held at various locations on the Main Campus. Virtual commencement ceremonies will continue to be hosted for graduates who do not wish to participate in in-person ceremonies. For more information, including on family participation, visit the commencement webpage.

Spring 2021 academic calendar has been extended

Classes began on Jan. 19 as originally scheduled. On Feb. 22, UTSA announced it would extend the Spring 2021 semester to accommodate for the week-long campus closure due to severe winter weather conditions and power disruptions. The last day of classes is now May 7 and final exams will be May 10-14. Complete information can be found in the updated academic calendar.

Summer 2021 session will run the same as the spring semester

UTSA's summer term will run just like the spring, with course modalities and campus operations primarily online, and research activities continuing as they are currently. As always, plans are subject to change based on current public health conditions.

Fall 2021 semester plans announced

Fall 2021 will welcome Roadrunners back to campus with extensive in-person classroom instruction and enriching out-of-classroom activities for students. UTSA’s Public Health Task Force is currently preparing recommendations for a safe return to campus and will host a town hall later this semester after their report is released.

Class Modalities

Instruction is mostly online and designed to engage students in active learning

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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.

Face-to-Face

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.  

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Learning preferences survey is live

UTSA is asking students to share their course modality preferences for fall 2021 through this brief survey focused on lecture and laboratory classes. Results will be shared with departments to help them plan fall course schedules.

International students are receiving individualized support

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 are working individually with international students on F-1 visas to certify their eligibility to continue their studies at UTSA.

Cost of attendance remains unchanged

Fall tuition rates remain as published. Some mandatory fees have been adjusted to reflect availability of campus services.

Libraries are open and student academic support services are active

UTSA Libraries are open and ready to serve students on campus, while continuing to offer all their services virtually. Occupancy limits and social distancing protocols are in place, and contactless book delivery is available. Students have access to our full suite of advising, tutoring and other academic support services. 

WiFi access has been expanded

WiFi access points have been added across campus to help students with internet access needs.