San Antonio, TX
The University of Texas at San Antonio


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Francisco
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I am currently a freshman at UTSA thriving for a bachelor's degree on Civil Engineering. Although i'm still trying to adjust...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am currently a freshman at UTSA thriving for a bachelor's degree on Civil Engineering. Although i'm still trying to adjust myself and feel part of UTSA, I can genuinely imply that I am proud to be a roadrunner at such a vibrant university. The faculty and staff are extremely ebullient and I feel as if I have found a second home. The people here at UTSA are very spirited, genuine, and authentic, which is something that I highly describe myself as within society. Ever since I was a young child, my surroundings have had a tremendous impact towards my academic achievements, struggles and journey. Although I was always seen as an outsider, my personal and educational environmental lifestyles have given me the opportunity to become a leader I’ve always hoped to be. My family has had an extreme influence on my academic achievements, in which they would always try to encourage me to make the correct decisions and to take the path less explored, leading me to make my best decision and attending UTSA. As an undergraduate, I want to aspire other people towards their goal and to never give up on their dreams. UTSA clubs and campus activities want students to be determined towards their desires and overcome their barriers in their lives, which really persuades me to be part of one in the nearest future. My surroundings have made an ebullient individual and I am capable of making a change in someone else’s life if I am given the perfect opportunity to do so. I am confident that my university will make a positive impact in my adolescent life, and I am certain that my adulthood will be full of educational and personal struggles, leading me to become a successful individual and accomplish my future career goal as a civil engineer, being able to make a change for a better state of society.

Jacob
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It seems very open and inspiring to education. The campus displays a beautiful view and the location is very central to San A...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It seems very open and inspiring to education. The campus displays a beautiful view and the location is very central to San Antonio. The feeling when walking campus i s very calming and inclines intellectual as well as lighthearted conversations. The atmosphere is great for learning and socializing at the same time.

Diana
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If you want a very detailed opinion and description of UTSA, look no further! My freshman year, I lived at the dorms here. I ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

If you want a very detailed opinion and description of UTSA, look no further! My freshman year, I lived at the dorms here. I think I had a unique experience in that I lived in 3 different ones over the course of the first semester. For the first two weeks, I was University Oaks. It isn’t managed by UTSA and is sometimes considered “on campus” and other times not. Don’t live there. Don’t even let yourself consider it. Even if you’re a freshman and don’t have a car and don’t know anyone and want to be “on campus” DO NOT. The rooms are tiny (and when I say tiny, I mean you can walk beside your twin bed, but another person couldn’t walk beside you at the same time). The walls are paper thin (your neighbor can speak at a normal volume and you can hear them perfectly word for word), there are lots of bugs, and for the price you could go somewhere else. Even if you don’t have a car, there is a shuttle to take you to campus constantly from almost all other student living places, and your roommates will most likely have a car anyways if you’re off campus. Chaparral Village is the newer bigger dorm, but they’re the farthest from classes and at least a 15 minute walk. They do have a nice amount of washer and dryers and are super close to the cafe. You get your own room and share a bathroom with another person. They don’t always do a good job of matching you with someone you’re compatible with though. Everything is decent, but wifi does go out occasionally so don’t take a online test unless you’re sure your professor will open it if you get logged off (go to the library for that). I lived there for a while and the room itself is decent, but since it has wood floors in the kitchenette/ living area, it kind of echoes if your roommates get home and are loud. Laurel Village is the closest to classes, less than a 5 minute walk but a little older. The rooms are basically the same as Chap, the only difference is that the toilets have a lid you can put down and chap doesn’t. Laurel has less dryers and carpet in the living room so it’s a little more quiet. Alvarez is another dorm that is a little more for people who enjoy being alone. You get your own room, which has a window that doesn’t open, a little sink, and then you share a bathroom with another person, but you basically could live there a whole year and not really talk to them. It kind of resembles a building with offices and little lobbies on each floor as opposed to Chap and Laurel which are outside and have apartment and building numbers. There’s also Chisholm Hall, which supposedly used to be a prison and kind of looks like it. It’s even farther from classes because it’s behind Chap, but they advertise to be the cheapest rooms, the drawback being it’s the only one where you actually have to share a room with someone. It’s apparently a close knit community of people if you enjoy living there. As far as the campus goes, there are a ton of people that go here, but it feels pretty small because most of the buildings are in a big square and easy to navigate once you understand how the room numbers work. They’re pretty old and not the cutest or most artsy, but considering the campus was founded in 1969, there’s only so much they can do with giant blocks of concrete. There’s a lot of construction happening now since it’s expanding so much. Student housing with a shuttle or carpooling is probably the best, because parking is absolutely TERRIBLE. After 8am fall semester there are no spots and you probably have to take the shuttle from outlying lots. It gets better as the semester goes on and less people go to class. Spring is a little less busy. Parking passes are expensive and a parking garage pass is even worse, coming in at over $800 a year. You can park there and pay a couple of dollars per hour during emergencies where you’re running late, missed the bus, or couldn’t find parking. There’s some forest/thick brush around campus so occasionally you may see a couple of deer. During the fall there’s normally a weird cricket/grasshopper swarm for like a week or two followed by a crazy butterfly migration where millions of them fly and the sky looks like it's blowing around tiny fragments of broken leaves. Most of the time it’s sunny and not humid so being outside is kind of nice. There are tons of clubs to join, and it’s one of the easiest ways to make friends besides sitting next to people in class and introducing them. There’s lots of ways to get involved at UTSA, and even start your own club if you want. Frat and Sororities are also part of the picture, but they’re not the whole campus considering there are no official houses for them. During the first week of school there are Roadrunner Days where the University has performers, or rents out a venue at 6 Flags and you basically get free stuff for celebrating a new semester. There’s also Best Fest, which is like a UTSA carnival with food and rides, as well as Fiesta later in the year which is a lot of food and colors. Sporting events and rides to football games are easily accessible, but it’s up to you and your friend group to choose to go consistently or not. The rec (gym) is pretty nice and they have plenty of equipment on top of group classes you can take, personal trainers and even cooking classes. The clinic is right next to it and also super helpful during minor medical emergencies. This isn’t exactly a prestigious ivy league school, but there are some great professors and ways to challenge yourself academically here. Of course there are a few bad ones in certain departments, but using Rate My Professor for classes every semester, you can sign up for people who you think suit your learning style the best, or are easy A’s or just straight up are the only ones that don’t suck. Labs are going to be the hardest classes to get into, and fill up within minutes, so make sure not to wait till the last minute to register (You get an academic advisor who also helps you sign up for the right classes, which can be confusing at first. It’s hit or miss if you like them or not though). Unfortunately schedules get a little less flexible the higher up you go, because fewer professors offer them and the university focuses a lot on having enough time slots for intro/basic classes, because incoming freshman every year are a huge number of the school. As far as financial aid goes, this isn’t a super cheap school, but it really depends on your fafsa and how the school is feeling, because lots of people come for free while others have to take out loans and get virtually no aid despite being from the same income bracket. Unfortunately, tends housing is even more expensive than tuition, and books can be a pain in the butt to buy. Don’t go to the bookstore for the text if you can get it somewhere else, because they’ll rip you off by dozens if not hundreds of dollars. Look for a free/older version online, or go to the library and check it out when you need to, or scan and email it to yourself. Some professors will even let you borrow their copy during their office hours. Overall, this UTSA is a great school to go to if you’re considering it. Or even if it’s your safety school. You can basically do whatever you want, because it’s a pretty chill environment. You’re going to make friends because a lot of people come here wanting to do the same, and you’re also probably going to have drama and growing pains. The transition for some people from high school to college might be a little rocky, but once you get into the groove of things with deadlines managing your schedule, being a student is super fun. Just make sure you know how to yield and use roundabouts. Also, don’t change seats throughout the year, you mess up the delicate system of unspoken unassigned spots. These few couple of years fly by, so don’t waste them slacking off or studying too hard; find a balance.

Hugo
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It's okay, could be better. There aren't enough classes available and the ones that are there usually suck as far scheduling ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's okay, could be better. There aren't enough classes available and the ones that are there usually suck as far scheduling goes. Parking has definitely gotten better since I used to drop my sister off at school, so that has worked out for me now that I go here. I wish there were more clubs about hobbies, though. One thing I can't stand is the Blackboard system they use. Canvas at Northwest Vista was tremendously better. Overall, it's not a bad school.

Justin
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UTSA isn't the most exciting school, but it has a lot to offer. There are plenty of clubs and organizations to take part in, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

UTSA isn't the most exciting school, but it has a lot to offer. There are plenty of clubs and organizations to take part in, and there are always students with booths set up welcoming you to join them. The food options are somewhat limited, and there's always a long line at every restaurant on campus. The parking is terrible, especially towards the beginning of the semester. So far, my academic experience has been okay. I've had some professors that know the subject they're teaching extremely well, and I know some instructors that had barely more knowledge on their subject than I did. For the price, I feel it is a good choice of a University.

Gillian
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It has a very homey feel. It is very calm and cool. There are a variety of people, both interesting and nice. I enjoy all th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It has a very homey feel. It is very calm and cool. There are a variety of people, both interesting and nice. I enjoy all the fun events that are available​ to partake in during the week. There is always something fun to do. The only thing is that there is not a lot of school spirit which is the main reason why I am trying to transfer.

Neryth
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It is an amazing campus where you really feel part of a family. UTSA is my home away from home. There's plenty of things to d...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is an amazing campus where you really feel part of a family. UTSA is my home away from home. There's plenty of things to do, such as joining organizations, attending games, intramural sports, and several cultural activities done every week. UTSA is definitely one of the best universitites in Texas.

Joshua
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The school is a very great place to further your education. Hopefully, if i am able to, i will be attending UTSA next fall. T...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The school is a very great place to further your education. Hopefully, if i am able to, i will be attending UTSA next fall. The food is great it's very close to home. The diversity is just outstanding. The teachers and just everyone is super friendly.

Angie
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I feel like UTSA is a great school , it has a family oriented campus feeling and the people really make sure to get everyone ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I feel like UTSA is a great school , it has a family oriented campus feeling and the people really make sure to get everyone involved and try something new. I have always wanted to attend UTSA and I can't wait to begin my journey and build relationships that will last a lifetime.

kendall
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I think that the school is an amazing match to what I want in a school to earn my education. It is an ideal distance from whe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think that the school is an amazing match to what I want in a school to earn my education. It is an ideal distance from where I live and it seems very welcoming. I also like that the school is trying to build something amazing. I would love to be a part of the greatness that the school is trying to achieve.

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