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University of Texas at San Antonio

Texas, United States

Est. 1969

Ranked among top 200 universities in US

About University of Texas at San Antonio

Established in 1969, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a state research university in San Antonio, Texas, United States. With over 28,000 students, it is the largest university in San Antonio and the eighth-largest (2014) in the state of Texas. UTSA embraces the multicultural traditions of South Texas, serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources, and is a catalyst for the economic development of Texas. In short, the university is the lone wolf of economic boost in Texas. But, the point is that does it thrive in each and every section mentioned below? Lets see!


UTSA's School of Engineering

Public
university

72%
acceptance rate

$30,000/year
average tuition fee

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$6,000/year
average living expense

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218

Yocketers applied
for Engineering

110

Yocketers admitted
for Engineering

234

Yocketers interested
for Engineering

157
average GRE quant score

707
total graduate enrollment


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Weather conditions around UTSA

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Location

City of San Antonio is the seventh most populated city in the United States of America and the second most populated city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1,409,019. With that a huge number the city seems to lack a welcoming freshness and gives you a boring feeling once you enter it but if you ask around for some help there are a lot of places to visit though. San Antonio also has three amusement parks, six flags and sea world and hundreds of events throughout the year. What you might like the most about San Antonio are its first Fridays. There is a music event that happens in the city every first Friday of the month and large crowd comes to experience the fun there. The bars and cafes are good but not as great as you would expect them to be. San Antonio used to be a crime hub in its 80s but with new installation of security and army base there crime rate has dropped down by 80%. Over all it is a good city to enjoy some time while you complete your studies.


Infrastructure

UTSA has three campuses span over 747 acres of land, with its main campus being the largest in the University of Texas System. UTSA offers a wide array of academic studies, with 133 undergraduate, 51 graduate and 24 doctoral programs. UTSA is famous for one thing and that is the amount of money that has been spent to construct and renovate buildings in the campus. The university has beautiful constructions and students find its library one of the most pleasant places in the campus. Though the campus is pretty small it might get difficult for you to look for a quiet place to spend your time at but as an alternative you always have the library. The cafe inside the campus is good which does not provide a lot of food options but tastes better than what weve heard till now. If you feel like having some other kind of food then there are a lot of options available outside the campus. Believe it or not, the campus is looks-wise deceiving enough to make up your mind for admissions in this university.


Residing Options

The cost for room, board, books, supplies and other expenses for on-campus students at The University of Texas at San Antonio totals to $14,302. The amount is pretty expensive and considering the fact that this University is not in NY the amount seems pretty high.


Weather

The weather at San Antonio is hot in the summer, comfortably warm or mild winters subject to descending northern cold fronts in the winter with cool to cold nights, and warm and rainy in the spring and fall. San Antonio receives about a dozen subfreezing nights each year. Winters may pass without any freezing precipitation at all, and up to a decade has passed between snowfalls in the past. July and August tie for the average warmest months, with an average high of 35 °C. The average coolest month is January. And on the other hand May, June and October have quite a bit of precipitation. The weather is hard to resist during summers, else the rest of the year is smooth.


Faculty and pedagogy

Even though in 2005 UTSA had replaced 20 members from their staff due to their low standards of teaching level, students are still complaining about the staff available there. There are few good professors, but unless a professor denies teaching you syllabus until then one shouldnt define them as incompetent. Eventually, no one can decide the level of faculty unless one has experienced it. But fortunately some students have found best professors there at UTSA and were happy to learn under their guidance.


Financial aid

If you or your family has encountered personal or financial hardships that were not accurately reflected at the time you filled out your FAFSA, Financial Aid and Enrollment Services can review your file for consideration of special circumstances. Financial Aid representatives can make professional judgment decisions on a case-by-case basis to change a dependent students status to independent, to increase or decrease one or more of the data elements used to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and/or increase the cost of attendance. Each of these decisions is made on an individual basis and will require supporting documentation.


Jobs and placements

Eventually most of the alumni have confirmed that there were not many in-campus placements happening while they were in college, but they did agree to a lot of socials happen within the campus which helped them get in touch with the alumni of their time and make contacts with them. The factual figures seem pretty happy with the way life after UTSA evaluates. Over all 67% of graduates from UTSA seem to be happy with their job and are earning a good amount of annual income. So judging the after-life from 1000 miles away is quite a difficult job. Also there have been cases where few alumni mentioned that not a lot of recruitment companies were happy to see the certificate from UTSA.


Alumni

Roxanne Austin - former President and Chief Operating Officer of DirecTV

• Michelle Beadle - sports TV host for ESPN

• Cristina Blackwell - Emmy-nominated weather reporter for Despierta América on Univision

• Bruce Bowen - former NBA player for the San Antonio Spurs, attended and received credit for public relations classes


Verdict

Well, being a city based university UTSA does not infatuate one to gather their guts to take admission without any second thought. The only best part about this university is their sports section and the administration makes sure that they sell good on the basis of campaigns based on sports to gather more student attention. The infrastructure is good but housing cost might just be a confirmed NO from an average students point of view. A lot of students compare UTSA with University of Austin for some obvious reasons even though both the schools do not have direct connections. But, from fun point of view UTSA has no chance to win your admissions. The only good reason to attend UTSA would be its good education at affordable pricing. If you have any friends or family staying over at San Antonio then this university can be a lot fun at cheaper prices as you wont have to spend on housing cost. A good suggestion would be that if you want just a degree from any foreign college then UTSA is a good place to consider only if you are able to manage housing under your budget.




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