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The UTSA Early Birds Dual Credit Program allows eligible sophomores, juniors, and seniors from high schools across South Texas to earn college credits while still in high school.

All Dual Credit coursework will count as high school as well as college credit. Early Bird students will attend classes on UTSA campuses, earning credits in highly transferable courses. Every participating student will the opportunity to experience everything a top tier four year university has to offer.

Sponsored by University College, this program works in collaboration with K-12 districts and internal UTSA partners to ensure the success of each and every participating student. The Early Birds Dual Credit Program implements an innovative model, centered on three primary focuses: student experience, rigor, and college readiness. Our goal is to not only provide the highest quality dual credit courses and experiences for our students but also ensure they learn the skills necessary to go on to successfully apply, attend and graduate college.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for UTSA Early Birds, you must:

  • Be a verified student at one of our partner district high schools
  • Be in good academic standing with your current high school
  • Be college admissible in the subject matter of dual credit course(s) through TSI completion OR be college admissible in the subject matter of dual credit course(s) through exemption by qualifying SAT, ACT, PSAT and/or EOC test scores

Tuition and Fees:

  • One time $45 application fee per student (must apply on ApplyTexas)
  • $215 tuition fee per student, per 3-hour course

Course Availability

Course Descriptions: All qualifying CORE curriculum courses are available through the dual credit program. Majors courses outside of the core curriculum may also be offered to students enrolled in majors specific dual credit pathways.

TSI Requirements: The TSI requires Texas public institutions of higher education to assess the academic skills of each entering undergraduate student to determine the student’s readiness to enroll in freshman-level academic coursework. For information about TSI requirements, please click the following link:

Partner Districts

All UTSA Early Birds Dual Credit course sections are created in collaboration with partner k-12 school districts. UTSA will consider all qualifying dual credit students who attend high schools in these districts. You may view the standard UTSA Dual Credit Memorandum of Understanding here.


Abel Gonzales