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Academic Resources

UTSA offers many academic resources to support your success. Here is a partial listing:

Academic Advising

We recommend you make an appointment with your advisor as soon as you have been admitted to UTSA. Some walk-in assistance is available, but appointments are recommended. Group advising, group information sessions, and email advising services are provided when requested.

Each student is assigned to a professional academic advisor whom he or she may consult on all academic and curricular issues. Frequent advisor contact provides students with current academic information and promotes progress toward academic goals and the fulfillment of a degree plan.

You can view your academic degree plan online. Your degree plan is a primary source to guide your course selection decisions. Your Certification Officer will require a copy of your degree plan to certify your courses for the payment of educational benefits.



The UTSA Libraries include the John Peace Library on the Main Campus, the Downtown Campus Library located on the second floor of the Buena Vista Building, and our Applied Engineering and Technology Library - recognized by the New York Times and USA Today as the nation's first bookless library on a university campus.

The John Peace Library recently underwent a major renovation project informed by fresh thinking on collection management and student intellectual engagement. The libraries are well-integrated into the intellectual life of campus through active partnerships with the Writing Center, Teaching and Learning Center and Tomas Rivera Center for Student Success.

You are encouraged to visit the University Library website frequently and take advantage of all the services they provide.


Testing Services

When available, students are encouraged to consider CLEP testing as one way to satisfy degree requirements. Courses that have equivalent CLEP tests available are marked in the online class schedule with a "T" note.

Placement Testing Required means that before a student can register for certain courses, they will be required to take tests to place them into an appropriate course level. The academic departments use placement tests for Chemistry and Mathematics. A student who plans to enroll as a freshman at UTSA should take these tests prior to orientation in order to be placed in the appropriate course. Students can register for these exams online by logging on to ASAP.


Tomás Rivera Center (Supplemental Instruction, tutoring, advising)

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly study sessions offered to students enrolled in historically difficult courses at UTSA. SI sessions are guided by students who have successfully completed the course and who are trained to facilitate collaborative study groups. SI sessions provide an opportunity for you to learn how to learn, while learning what to learn.

Tutoring Services provide tutoring as a free service to all students enrolled in supported core and gateway-to-the-major courses in Liberal Arts, Business, Engineering and the Sciences. There are three tutoring labs located on the main campus and a tutoring center located at the Downtown campus.

Tutoring labs are drop-in centers, no appointments are necessary. Tutors may work with students in groups or individually depending on the needs of the student.

Students are encouraged to attend tutoring regularly throughout the semester to continuously work with course material for projects and exams.

Online Study Skill Resources are supported by the Tomas Rivera Center and are designed to help students proactively seek additional academic support. You can access these online at any time.

If you have any questions or concerns on how to apply any resource you find on these sites to fit your academic needs, you can make an appointment with any of the academic coaches at the Tomas Rivera Center.


Writing Labs

The Writing Center supports the entire UTSA Community, including undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty/staff members. Experienced tutors provide assistance with each step of the writing process: brainstorming, establishing a thesis statement, achieving coherence and unity, documenting, and revising.

Tutors do not edit or proofread your papers, but they can help you improve your editing skills. For this reason, they do not review assignments due in one hour or less.

The writing labs are located on the main campus in the John Peace Library Building in Room 2.01.12D, and at the downtown campus in the Frio Street Building in Room 4.432.

You may also reach the Writing Lab at: (210)-458-6086 for an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.