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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Classes began January 19
The academic calendar for spring 2021 is unchanged. Classes began January 19 as originally scheduled. Final exams will be May 6-12.
Spring 2021 courses will be mostly online
Modalities for our spring courses and campus operations will look very similar to this fall – mostly online. When registration for spring 2021 launches on October 19, the course modalities listed in ASAP will reflect how the course is expected to be delivered when we return after break in January.
A Glimpse into the Academic Year
Instruction is 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.
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. Learn more about the cost of attendance for this fall >>
UTSA Libraries are open, and student academic support services are in place
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.
Additional WiFi access has been added
WiFi access points have been added across campus to help students with internet access needs.