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Are You a
Top Scholar?

At UTSA, we are building a community of top scholars who are eager to pursue knowledge and achievement. Are you one of the best and brightest students in your high school? Do you want to conduct original research and then apply your new, innovative ideas to real-world issues? If this describes you, then this is the place to be.

What is the Top Scholar program?

UTSA’s Top Scholar program is the first of its kind in San Antonio to offer a merit-based scholarship combined with personalized experiences in academics, leadership, and community service. We are recruiting high caliber students from San Antonio and throughout Texas to be part of this exciting program.

Our Top Scholars enjoy intellectual camaraderie, establishing close and lasting friendships with other students and professional relationships with faculty. They’re encouraged to gain a broad perspective through service experiences that merge their academic interests with community issues.

Top Scholar Benefits

Those selected to be Top Scholars will receive a four-year (eight regular semesters) scholarship that includes funding for tuition, fees, and room and board. They also receive support for internships and study abroad programs.

Top Scholars are given priority registration privileges and are auto–enrolled in the Honors College. They also receive one-on-one advising, attend smaller classes, and live in Honors floor housing.

Top Scholars have access to numerous research opportunities. In addition, they are offered exclusive interaction and engagement opportunities with senior university and community leaders.


The following must be maintained to remain in the program

  • Maintain a UTSA GPA of at least 3.50
  • Live on campus
  • Complete 30 hours each academic year
  • Complete at least one community service and leadership development project each year
  • Actively participate in all aspects of the program

Apply to be a Top Scholar

Being a UTSA Top Scholar is a privilege limited to only a select few. As you can imagine, the competition for slots in the program is very competitive.

Selection will be based on a holistic review process comprised of a review of scholastic records and a written application. During the final stage of the selection process, the most promising candidates will be invited for an interview to determine final cohort selection. All applicants to the Top Scholar Program must have a complete application to UTSA on file.

Applications for the Fall 2019 entering class are now open.

Applications may be submitted as a PDF via email to or via regular mail to UTSA Top Scholar program, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249.

The complete UTSA Top Scholar program application package includes:

Apply Texas application for admission to UTSA

UTSA Top Scholar program Application form

UTSA Top Scholar Nomination form

UTSA Top Scholar Academic Record & Test Information form

Submit all documents except for the UTSA application for admission to Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of documents within 2 business days. Invitations for the on-campus interview will be extended in early spring.

Applications for the Fall 2019 entering class are now open.


Students who have the best chance of being invited to UTSA for a selection interview will be first time college freshman and have:

  • 1440 or higher on the new SAT
  • 32 or higher on the ACT
  • Class rank in the top five percent of their graduating class
  • Record of community volunteerism and leadership in school
  • Texas residency

Top Scholar program welcomes all majors.

AP, IB, CLEP, and Dual-Credit acceptable.

Those from the greater San Antonio area are strongly encouraged to apply, but applications will be accepted from across Texas.
Applications for the Fall 2019 entering class are now open.

Contact Us

  • I am:
    A prospective Top Scholar
    A parent
    A high school counselor/administrator/other

For more info contact:

Download the Top Scholar Application Form PDF

Download the Top Scholar Nomination Form PDF

Download the Top Scholar Academic Record & Test Information Form PDF