Construction begins on UTSA's new freshman residence hall

September 30, 2019

UTSA Today

A significant milestone aimed at enhancing student success for UTSA students begins today. Construction work is underway on Guadalupe Hall, the university’s newest living and learning community for freshmen. The project is part of UTSA’s Campus Master Plan, which will guide the development of campuses over the next decade, supporting world-class instruction and research to meet the needs of a growing population. 

“This is a big day for UTSA and our students as the vision to provide more on-campus housing gets off the ground,” said Veronica Mendez, UTSA’s senior vice president for Business Affairs and chief financial officer. “This new living and learning community will dramatically impact the student campus experience, further supporting student success, especially among our freshman and first-generation student populations.” 

Data from UTSA’s Office of Institutional Research finds that first-generation freshmen have a retention rate of 76%, compared to 74% for first-generation students who live off campus. Also, among UTSA freshmen who are at-risk, those who live on campus have a retention rate of 69%, compared to 64% for the same group who live off campus. 

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