Colleges & Schools

Colleges & Schools

The University of Texas at San Antonio provides a top-tier education from each of its 10 academic colleges which offer degree programs that are designed to foster and encourage the discovery of new knowledge and innovation.

Architecture, Construction & Planning

The College of Architecture, Construction and Planning is committed to advancing design and construction of the built environment through interdisciplinary collaboration, sustainable and ecologically sound processes and preservation of architectural heritage.

Its location at the Downtown Campus facilitates students’ exploration of San Antonio’s design, construction management, city planning and cultural traditions. Students regularly participate in design-build and other service-learning projects with local government entities and community groups, earning the college a strong regional reputation for community engagement. Study-abroad experiences in Italy provide a rich foundation for architectural and interior design practice.

Pride Points
  • Ranks first in the nation in awarding degrees to Hispanic students, according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.
  • CACP holds a strong regional reputation for community engagement with its students regularly participating in service-learning projects with local government entities and community groups.
  • CACP requires study-abroad experiences in either Italy or Spain, which provides a rich foundation for design and construction applications as well as collaboration with other disciplines.

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Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, the UTSA College of Business (COB) offers a comprehensive curriculum that transforms business students into business professionals. The college offers traditional degrees in areas such as accounting, finance and marketing as well as specialized programming in cyber security, data analytics and real estate finance and development. The college is accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, placing it among the top 5% of business schools nationwide.

Pride Points
  • UTSA’s COB is AACSB accredited, which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5 percent of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation.
  • Top 100 research business school according to UT Dallas research rankings (2014-2018)
  • Top 5 undergraduate business school in Texas according to Bloomberg Businessweek (2016)
  • #1 undergraduate business school Hispanic Serving Institution according to Bloomberg Businessweek (2016)
  • #1 cyber security program in the nation according to a report by the Ponemon Institute (2014)
  • #4 Hispanic Serving part-time MBA program in Texas and #9 part-time MBA program in Texas according to U.S. News & World Report (2019)
  • #46 in real estate and wealth management worldwide for M.S. in Finance with Real Estate concentration according to Eduniversal ranking (2019)
  • #36 in general management in North America for M.S. Business program according to Eduniversal ranking (2019)

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Education & Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) produces educators, administrators, counselors and health professionals with a global perspective on the educational, psychological, social and health needs of communities. The college serves as a national and international model in innovative teaching practices, health professional development and binational/bicultural issues.

Pride Points
  • UTSA’s COEHD is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area, with more than 600 completing their teacher and professional certification programs each year.
  • Over the past 10 years, COEHD has secured more than $43 million in external funding for scholarships, academic programs and research.
  • The COEHD is ranked No. 3 in the United States for the number of education bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics by the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.
  • Ranked as the 38th Most Affordable Bachelor’s in Kinesiology for 2020 according to Great Value Colleges.

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The College of Engineering (COE) prepares students for lifelong learning and careers in engineering professions. COE is known for its innovative technologies in areas such as information security, biomedical systems, multifunctional materials, engineering infrastructure, manufacturing, computational modeling, energy and environmental technology. Individuals enrolling in these degree programs are given an opportunity to develop a strong background in the engineering sciences and will learn the analysis, design and synthesis tools necessary to function well as active participants in many traditional, new and emerging areas of technology.

Pride Points

  • Nationally ranked by The U.S. News and World Report for producing the highest number of Hispanic engineers.
  • Will soon have access to a new $95 million state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Building that is set to be completed in 2020 and will feature laboratories, classrooms and a 17,000 sq/ft engineering makerspace.
  • One of the fastest growing engineering colleges in Texas.
  • Over the past 10 years, annual research expenditures in the College of Engineering have increased from less than $500,000 to more than $11 million.

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Liberal & Fine Arts

One of UTSA’s most academically diverse colleges, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) contributes to the education of virtually every student at UTSA through its core curriculum, which frequently earns high marks across a variety of disciplines. COLFA offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and has awarded more than 25,000 degrees to Roadrunners since the university was founded in 1969. In addition to exemplary teaching, the college produces quality research and creative work in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Pride Points
  • More than 5,900 students are enrolled in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
  • COLFA is a major provider of arts and humanities events in South Texas with an audience of more than 70,000 guests annually.
  • COLFA and its departments have over 90 scholarships that are awarded each year.
  • COLFA’s core curriculum has been recognized for four years as one of the top in the nation by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).

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Public Policy

The College of Public Policy (COPP) educates the next generation of public servants working at the local, state, national and international levels. It aims to prepare future leaders to advance public policy that contributes to the public good, and to advocate better policy solutions to address some of the most critical issues facing the community, nation and world. COPP is unique in that it is located at the Downtown Campus and encourages its students to participate in a study abroad program, along with other events promoting civic engagement.

Pride Points
  • Since 2012, COPP has generated approximately $3.5 million in research grants and contracts.
  • The Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education’s 2016 Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics ranked the UTSA Criminal Justice undergraduate program #7 in the nation for awarding degrees to Hispanic students.
  • COPP has partnered with over 150 different agencies ranging from public, private and non-profit sectors to provide students with volunteering and internship opportunities.
  • In 2016, our Social Work program ranked in the top 100 social work graduate programs in the nation and placed 5th among Texas social work graduate programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Syndaver in the Anatomy Lab

Committed to innovation and excellence in the classroom and laboratory, the College of Sciences (COS) is dedicated towards producing the next generation of well-educated, highly trained scientists to take their place in the workforce and as leaders in the community. The college is devoted to ensuring that all students receive the encouragement, assistance, and superior educational experience that they will need to succeed in the sciences, academia, and other ventures.

Pride Points:
  • With more than $26 million in annual research expenditures, the college is the most productive research community at UTSA.
  • Provides top programs in nanotechnology, brain health, stem cells, medicinal drugs, infectious diseases and vaccine development and cybersecurity.
  • COS houses one of the worlds most powerful microscopes, which has the capability to magnify by 20 million times, making a strand of hair appear to be the size of San Antonio.
  • COS houses the Center for Innovative Drug Discovery (CIDD) that serves as the premier academic drug discovery center in the state of Texas.

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University College

University College provides a foundational academic experience for students to explore what the university has to offer. First-year college students and freshman transfers participate in the University College’s First-Year Experience, a program that helps new students make connections academically and socially on campus. University College also houses the Multidisciplinary Studies degree, which is designed for students whose interests lie in multiple disciplines, and encourages creativity, innovation, critical thinking and integrative learning. Lastly, University College includes the Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC programs, which offer the courses required to become a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force or United States Army.

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Honors College

The Honors College includes talented students of all majors and offers smaller classes that are intellectually challenging, hands-on and project-based. Honors students chart their path through a combination of coursework and experiences that engage them in service, professional development, research, study abroad, and life experiences that facilitate their success as future leaders. All first-year Honors College freshmen live on campus with other honors students in a supportive, close-knit community designed to help them succeed. Entrance into the Honors College is by invitation-only and incoming students are automatically considered for admission at the time of their enrollment.

Pride Points
  • Offers 100% experienced-based curriculum that is highly customizable to fit each student’s goals
  • Awards more than $400,000 in scholarships each year
  • Provides unique benefits like priority registration, eligibility to honors scholarships, financial assistance for research and more
  • Serves academically talented undergraduate students in all majors

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The Graduate School

The UTSA Graduate School continues to build upon higher education and encourages intellectual curiosity and creativity. In 2016, UTSA opened the Graduate Student Professional Development Center to focus on professional development and student success. The center provides graduate students with the opportunity to become leaders in industry and academia and nurtures a strong sense of community that turns into lasting relationships.

Pride Points
  • Offers a unique Graduate Student Professional Development Center, the first stand-alone center of its kind in Texas and one of eight in the U.S. and Canada, to support graduate students.
  • Offers 70 master’s, 24 doctoral and 23 graduate certificate programs across seven academic colleges.
  • UTSA is home to 32 Research Centers & Institutes that cater heavily to graduate studies and research.

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