Alamo On-TRAC

Alamo On-TRAC


On-TRAC (Transitioning Roadrunners at Alamo Colleges) is a program for first-time freshman students who apply to UTSA but may not qualify for guaranteed admission into UTSA.

Students can not apply directly to On-TRAC but are offered the opportunity to be a part of the On-TRAC program. Students who are offered the program and accept will begin at one of the Alamo Colleges in the fall semester of their freshman year. In the spring, students will be co-enrolled both at Alamo Colleges and UTSA. If all the necessary criteria are met, then the student will be taking all of their courses at UTSA beginning the following fall semester. On-TRAC provides students a pathway to UTSA and improve student success.

Why should I sign up for On-TRAC if offered the program?

  • To be provided a pathway to UTSA.
  • To be offered guaranteed admissions upon successful completion and requirements of the On-TRAC (but does not guarantee admission to a particular college).
  • To not have to reapply for admission to UTSA.
  • To build a strong foundation academically.
  • To have UTSA advising support on the Alamo College campuses during the first year.

What Classes would I be taking?

As part of this program, students will be taking courses at Alamo Colleges and UTSA.
Credit earned from AP exams, dual credit courses, CLEP, etc. will not count toward these hours needed to complete the On-TRAC requirements. Students who have earned the prescribed courses through AP, dual credit courses, etc. can take additional courses that are applicable to the UTSA core component area.

24 hours of prescribed courses will be taken at Alamo Colleges:

Area Courses SCH
Rhetoric ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 6
Math MATH 1314 or MATH 1342 or required Math for intended major at UTSA 3
American History Any 2: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301 6
Political Science GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306 6
Student’s Choice Courses applicable to the UTSA core component area (as noted in DegreeWorks, Alamo Transfer Advising Guide, or other equivalent) 3
Total 24

6 hours of prescribed courses will be taken at UTSA:

Area Courses SCH
AIS AIS 1203** 3
Student’s Choice Courses applicable to intended major or other core component area (as noted in DegreeWorks, Alamo Transfer Advising Guide or other equivalent) 3
Total 6

To inquire about On-TRAC, email ontrac@utsa.edu

Course Descriptions

The On-TRAC program is for first time freshman students who apply to UTSA but may not qualify for direct admission into UTSA. Students who are offered this opportunity will register for and take a total of 24 hours of college level coursework at Alamo Colleges (15 hours in the Fall and 9 hours in the Spring semester) and a total of 6 hours at UTSA in the spring semester.

ENGL 1301 – Composition I
3 Credit Hours

Intensive study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Focus on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for learning, communicating, and critical analysis.

This course fulfills the Communication foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility.

Prerequisites: Demonstrate College Readiness through appropriate placement scores and/or completion of developmental sequence in English and/or Reading.

3 Credit Hours

Intensive study of and practice in the strategies and techniques for developing research-based expository and persuasive texts. Emphasis on effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions.

This course fulfills the Communication foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility.
Prerequisites: Students must earn a “C” or better in ENGL 1301 or its equivalent.

3 Credit Hours

In-depth study and applications of polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions, and systems of equations using matrices. Additional topics such as sequences, series, probability, and conics may be included.

This course fulfills the Mathematics foundational component area of the core and addresses the

Math Basic Skills Prerequisite: MATH 0320

3 Credit Hours

A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.

This course fulfills the American History foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility.

3 Credit Hours

A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the Civil War/Reconstruction era to the present. United States History II examines industrialization, immigration, world wars, the Great Depression, Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History II include: American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, urbanization and suburbanization, the expansion of the federal government, and the study of U.S. foreign policy.

This course fulfills the American History foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility.

3 Credit Hours

A survey of the political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of Texas from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Themes that may be addressed in Texas History include: Spanish colonization and Spanish Texas; Mexican Texas; the Republic of Texas; statehood and secession; oil, industrialization, and urbanization; civil rights; and modern Texas.

This course fulfills the American History foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility.

Prerequisites: Credit for three semester hours of history.

3 Credit Hours

Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, structure and powers of the national government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights.

This course fulfills the Government/Political Science foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility.

3 Credit Hours

Origin and development of the Texas constitution, structure and powers of state and local government, federalism and inter-governmental relations, political participation, the election process, public policy, and the political culture of Texas.

This course fulfills the Government/Political Science foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility.

3 Credit Hours

*This course is required for all majors

AIS Exploratory Pathway is designed to orient first-year college students to the fields of study within an academic pathway. This course develops critical thinking, communication, social responsibility, and leadership skills. This course also provides an opportunity for students to better understand the core values, cultures, and assumptions within fields of study through involvement in a signature experience within an academic pathway.

On-TRAC Transfer Plan

If you get admitted into the On-TRAC program, you will first work with the advising center at the respective Alamo Colleges to enroll in 15 hours at Alamo Colleges this fall. In the fall, you will also be required to attend an Orientation at a designated date in order to get registered for the 6 hours you’ll take at UTSA in the spring. When you meet with your Alamo Colleges advisor, please bring your On-TRAC Admittance email and this On-TRAC program plan to your appointment. To be successful in the program, you will need a cumulative GPA of a 2.25 at both institutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is On-TRAC?

On-TRAC is a program is for first-time freshman students who apply to UTSA but may not qualify for guaranteed admission into UTSA. Students can not apply directly to On-TRAC but are offered the opportunity to be a part of the On-TRAC program. Students who are offered the program and accept will begin at one of the Alamo Colleges in the fall semester of their freshman year. In the spring, students will be co-enrolled both at Alamo Colleges and UTSA. If all the necessary criteria are met, then the student will be taking all of their courses at UTSA beginning the following fall semester. On-TRAC provides students with a pathway to UTSA and improves student success.

Based on UTSA’s admission requirements, you did not qualify for direct admission or guaranteed admission to UTSA. Your application and supporting documents were reviewed during the holistic review process. Thru this review, you were offered the opportunity to participate in On-TRAC. If you accept this program, then you don’t have to reapply for admission as long as you meet the criteria and successfully complete all the requirements of the program.

If you decide not to participate in the program, you will need to meet transfer admission requirements for a future semester. Visit https://future.utsa.edu/admissions/transfer/

  • Enroll in and complete 25 semester credit hours of college level coursework at an Alamo College, from a prescribed list of courses, by the need of the spring term (15 hours in the fall at Alamo and 9 hours in the spring at Alamo)
  • Enroll in and complete 6 semester credit hours of college level coursework at UTSA during the sprin term.
  • Must have a 2.25 Alamo College GPA (cumulative) on the completed 24 hours from Alamo.
  • Must have a 2.25 UTSA GPA (cumulative) on the completed 6 hours from UTSA
  • Must have all Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) requirements met, either complete or exempt by the completion of the On-TRAC program.
  • Must have met all meningitis vaccine requirements and submitted proof.

Prescribed courses at Alamo

Prescribed Courses at Alamo Colleges
Courses SCH Hours
ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302 6
MATH 1314 or MATH 1342 or required Math for intended major at UTSA 3
Any 2: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIS 2301 6
GOVT 2305, GOT 2306 6
Courses applicable to the UTSA core component areas (as noted in DegreeWorks, Alamo Transfer Advising Guide or other equivalent) 3
Total SCH 24

Prescribed courses at UTSA

Prescribed Courses at UTSA
Courses SCH Hours
AIS 1203 3
Courses applicable to the UTSA core component areas (as noted in DegreeWorks, Alamo Transfer Advising Guide or other equivalent) 3
Total SCH 6

A UTSA academic advisor/ representative can work with you to find another courses that meets your academic needs

  • An On-TRAC student will automatically be admitted to UTSA the following Fall semester without submitting another application (no need to reapply)
  • Alamo Colleges will automatically send students’ transcripts to UTSA
  • UTSA will automatically send students’ transcript to Alamo College (Reverse Transfer) upon successful completion of 66 SCH
  • An On-TRAC student will become eligible for the Distinguished Transfer Scholarship at UTSA if the minimum requirements for the scholarship is met and funding is available (future.utsa.edu/scholarships)

Financial aid may be available by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at fafsa.ed.gov. If participating in this program, the FAFSA needs to be completed at the home institution. Alamo Colleges will be considered the home college. Once the student makes the transition to UTSA, the FAFSA will need to be submitted with UTSA as the home university.

Once the student receives an email from UTSA offering the On-TRAC program, the student will complete the agreement form online, submit the form and UTSA will process. A letter with the next steps will be sent.

For those students that have not applied to one of the Alamo Colleges, the student will need to do so by visiting http://www.alamo.edu/alamoenroll. Deadline details are listed at http://www.alamo.edu/calendars

The student will then meet with an advisor at the Alamo College to determine which classes will be taken for the fall and the spring semester.

TSI – stands for Texas Success Initiative assessment. The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a state mandate required for all incoming students to be assessed in the areas of reading, writing and math. Unless you’re exempt, you’ll need to take it and report your score to UTSA before Orientation.

Your TSI status will determine what level of courses you can register for. If you are exempt or have successfully passed all three sections of the TSI Assessment, you will be able to register for all entry-level college courses. However, if you failed to meet the minimum passing scores, you will be placed in remedial or developmental coursework, which is designed to prepare you for college-level courses in the areas that you fell below the TSI minimum requirements.

Testing Services
testinfo@utsa.edu
210-458-4125
www.utsa.edu/testing

GPA Calculation A GPA will be calculated at each institution based on the courses taken by the student at that institution. Grades for all transferable courses are to be used in the computation of the GPA at the respective institutions, including the following: Failing grades (F), repeated courses, withdraw Failing (WF), Incomplete, etc. Grades reported as “Incomplete” are computed as Fs until the Incomplete is replaced with a permanent grade.

The GPA requirement is to have a minimum 2.25 Cumulative GPA from Alamo Colleges and a 2.25 Cumulative GPA from UTSA.

Withdrawals An On-TRAC student who withdraws or drops from his/her UTSA course(s) and drops to zero UTSA SCH will be withdrawn from UTSA for that semester, thus forfeiting all UTSA student privileges (i.e. use of campus facilities, etc.) Unless otherwise prohibited, this student may continue with On-TRAC in the following semester, but will still need to meet the necessary requirements for the program.

Removal from On-TRAC Program Students removed from On-TRAC Program for either academic or disciplinary reasons will not be guaranteed admission to UTSA. An On-TRAC student removed from the program will not be permitted continued enrollment at UTSA. An On-TRAC student removed from the program may continue at Alamo Colleges at the discretion of Alamo College officials.