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UTSA is committed to community outreach and offers support services like our Mobile Go Center to help raise college awareness. We also have presenters that are available to speak about higher education in classrooms or fairs. Additionally, we offer programs like the Road to College and Career that can help with preparing students for college and developing valuable interpersonal skills.

Elementary and Middle School Group Visits

Roadrunner for a Day

UTSA Community Outreach hosts both guided and self-guided programs for elementary and middle school group visits.

Guided Program:

The program we provide for elementary and middle school students (grades 3rd-8th) is called Roadrunner for a Day (RR4D). This program will include a one-hour tour and one hour college going presentation with a student panel. This program is approximately two hours long. UTSA offers Roadrunner for a Day on Wednesdays and Fridays at our Main Campus, and Thursdays at our Downtown Campus. Tours begin at 10:00am, 11:00am or 1:00pm. We can accommodate up to 60 students and 6 adults (total of 66 participants) for each group. One chaperone per ten students is required. 

Groups larger than 60 students are encouraged to consider the self-guided tour option or reserve a 10:00am and 11:00am time slot to be able to split into two groups (60 students max per group). Downtime between tours should be organized by the teachers planning the field trip.

Guided programming will not be provided in 2023 after November 17th due to the Thanksgiving holiday, university final exam period, and Winter Break. Groups interested in visiting campus through a self-guided experience after November 17th may email communityoutreach@utsa.edu for registration. Additionally, the Spring 2024 campus visits schedule will be available in November. Sign up for our mailing list here to receive announcements about programming and campus visit availability.

Self-Guided Program:

The self-guided tour is a great opportunity to explore campus on your own time and cater an experience specific to your group. Community Outreach will provide self-guided tour materials, including a digital brochure, interactive campus map, and campus activity booklet. We ask that self-guided tours still submit a group tour request form in order to provide you with materials to enhance your visit on campus, and so we may also provide additional information for bus parking and campus dining as necessary.



Roadrunner for a Day FAQs

Please take a moment to review the information below that may be helpful in planning your visit to UTSA to participate in the Roadrunner for a Day program, hosted by UTSA Community Outreach. There is general information, as well as information specific to each campus.

You can also download a pdf version of our Roadrunner for a day FAQs here.

Chaperones

For campus tours, we REQUIRE 1 chaperone per every 10 students. Chaperones must stay with students for the presentation and activities.

Cancellations

For cancellations, please notify our office at least three business days in advance. We receive countless requests for campus tours and try our very best to accommodate everyone. If you are not able to keep your scheduled tour as requested, we may not be able to reschedule the tour. Campus tours that are cancelled due to inclement weather will be given priority to reschedule.

Late Policy

Please contact UTSA Community Outreach at (210) 760-6892 if you are running late or lost. If unexpected schedule changes occur the day of the visit, all scheduled activities may not be possible.

Assistance

If someone at your school/organization needs special assistance with mobility, please contact our office at least one week prior to your visit.

Visiting Main (1604) Campus

PLEASE READ: Important information for planning your visit to Main Campus

Drop Off and Meeting Point

Buses may drop students off in front of the Convocation Center off of Edward Ximenes Ave.

Please see map below for exact drop off and parking locations

Drop Off and Parking Map

Bus Parking

After dropping off your group, buses will proceed to park in Brackenridge Rd. Lot 5 (BK 5) at the Main Campus, or Durango Lot 3 (D3) off Cesar Chavez Blvd. And Pecos – La Trinidad St., under the overpass at the Downtown Campus.

Vehicle Parking

Chaperones or administrators in separate vehicles may pay to park in short-term, pay by space, parking lots in the Ximenes Ave. Garage (XAG) or Bauerle Rd Garage (BRG). Hourly Parking is $2.50.

Dining on Campus

Our office cannot make arrangements for meals on campus. Please contact Aramark Catering directly at 210-458-7682, at least one week prior to your visit to dine on campus at Roadrunner Café or food courts. Food courts are available in the JPL, where you can purchase food or eat your own packed lunches at the Paseo Patio or JPL Sombrilla.

Visiting Downtown Campus

PLEASE READ: Important information for planning your visit to Downtown Campus

Drop Off and Meeting Point

Buses can drop students off in front of the Frio Street half-circle drop off, between Frio South and Frio North building.

Please see map below for exact drop off and parking locations

Drop Off and Parking Map

Bus Parking

After dropping off the group, buses will proceed to park in Durango Lot 3 (D3) off Cesar Chavez Blvd. and Pecos – La Trinidad St., under the overpass.

Vehicle Parking

Chaperones or administrators in separate vehicles may pay to park in short-term, pay by space, parking lots in the Downtown Campus Garage (DTG), upper level only. Hourly Parking is $2.50.

Dining on Campus

OOur office cannot make arrangements for meals on campus. Please contact Aramark Catering directly at 210-458-7682, at least one week prior to your visit, to dine on campus at the Frio Street Food Court. See food court options on the website. You can purchase food or eat your own packed lunches at the Frio Street Food Court or patio tables outside.

UTSA Mobile Go Center (MGC)

About Mobile Go Center (MGC)

The UTSA Mobile Go Center (MGC) supports the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s campaign’s efforts to achieve the student participation and success goals of the 60x30TX initiative by 2030.

The 42-foot mobile computer lab serves middle and high school students and is dedicated to increasing the number of students enrolled and succeeding in higher education programs, especially those traditionally underrepresented in the state of Texas. Thanks to the generous support of the Texas Pioneer Foundation, Ancira, H.E.B. and others, the Mobile Go Center offers college awareness and access information to students, families and counselors in San Antonio and surrounding areas in Bexar County.

UTSA Mobile Go Center

Mobile Go Center Requests

Please review the Mobile Go Center Overview and fill out our Mobile Go Request Form if interested.

Presenters for College/Career Fairs

Request a Presenter

Our community outreach team offers a variety of resources for the grade school community in order to create a college-going culture within Bexar County and beyond.

To request a college or career fair presenter for your grade school within Bexar County, please submit your request here.

To request a presenter for your high school or community college, please contact your Freshmen Recruiter or your Transfer Specialist directly. Please send your request at least 3 weeks prior to the event.

Road to College and Career

The UTSA Strategic Educational Partnerships offers a variety of resources for the grade school community in order to create a college-going culture within Bexar County and beyond.

Elementary School

  • Keep up your grades in reading, writing and math.
  • Develop study habits and reading skills.
  • Talk about college.
  • Attend a college summer camp or athletic event.

Middle School

  • Take challenging coursework in math, science, and English.
  • Develop time management skills.
  • Explore interests and develop talents.
  • Get involved in organizations and take leadership roles.
  • Attend a College and Career Fair.

High School

  • Schedule regular meetings with your counselor.
  • Take Dual Credit and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
  • Prepare for the SAT/ACT.
  • Learn about financial aid and research scholarship opportunities.
  • Participate in co-curricular activities and volunteer to diversify your resume.
  • Research your top colleges and visit the campuses.
  • APPLY EARLY!