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The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is redefining higher education as a next-generation Hispanic-thriving university where students from all backgrounds can excel. Applicants who do not meet UTSA Guaranteed Admission Requirements may be sent to be evaluated for admission via holistic review.

The holistic review considers multiple sources of information to get the fullest picture of each applicant’s potential to contribute meaningfully to UTSA. By combining traditional applicant information like test scores, high school GPA, and prior college coursework with more qualitative indicators such as letters of recommendation and personal experience, we can gain a more complete view of each applicant to fairly assess academic potential at UTSA.

Holistic review also looks at other factors such as a student’s strength of high school coursework, academic trajectory, prior college attendance, extracurricular interests, and unique skills or talents. By evaluating an application from a holistic perspective, we take the time to consider alternative perspectives and diversify the application process.

Admission Decisions in Holistic Review

The review process will not begin until a student’s application file is complete. Decisions resulting from holistic review may be made on a rolling basis; however, freshman applicants who meet our priority application deadlines will be given priority admission consideration.

Admission decisions are made based on the information submitted as part of the student’s application at the time of holistic review. Applicants who believe that supplemental items will help convey information about their qualifications are encouraged to submit such items with their applications to ensure they are considered by the committee in time.

The University of Texas at San Antonio considers a number of factors when making admission decisions through holistic review, including:

  • Strength of academic coursework and positive academic trajectory: Course selection is an important indicator of a student’s academic motivation. Students should continue to take challenging academic courses (AP, Honors, Dual Credit) through the end of their senior year. We also look for students who continue to take challenging courses and show a positive academic trajectory in those courses during their attendance.
  • Dual Credit coursework: Students should submit official transcripts documenting any completed dual credit coursework at the time of application.
  • Test Scores: SAT or ACT tests are currently optional for admission, but are considered if submitted. Neither score is preferred more than the other.
  • Class Rank: If a high school provides class rank, it will be considered for determining the applicant’s percentile. If a high school does not provide a class rank, an equivalent ranking will be determined based on the high school’s grading practices.
  • Personal statement/essay: The student’s application essay is an important piece in setting applicants apart and understanding the fit between the student and UTSA. The admissions committee will also look for a coherent message delivered with clarity, using correct grammar and spelling. We encourage applicants to take time and be thoughtful with their essay.
  • Extracurricular activities/special talents: Consideration will be given for what students do outside the classroom, such as participation in school athletic programs, clubs, employment, or volunteer work. Students will also be considered for exceptional skills and talents in other programs that may meet particular needs for the institution. Both the ApplyTexas and Common Application ask students to detail this information. However, applicants are welcome to provide a resume.
  • Recommendation letters: Although not required, recommendation letters from personnel who can attest to a student’s academic potential are considered.
  • Special Circumstances: The committee encourages personal statements describing special circumstances, such as documented disabilities, serious illnesses, socio-economic status, family responsibilities, or other extenuating circumstances that impacted a student’s academic performance.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applications, like freshman applications, may be considered for admission through holistic review if they do not meet guaranteed admission requirements. In addition to the above items, the transfer committee may also consider:

  • Prior military service
  • Success towards Core Completion
  • Evidence of relevant coursework and experiences related to field of study
  • Grades in courses for specific areas of study