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Philosophy

Admission requirements for undergraduate study at UTSA are designed to facilitate the enrollment of well-prepared students. UTSA will admit all applicants who are holders of bona fide University of Texas at San Antonio scholarships who are designated admissible by the President of the University. The discretionary authority to make such admissions decisions is generally delegated to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Offers of admission are valid only for the semester indicated in the acceptance letter. Admitted students wishing to change the semester of initial enrollment must reapply as indicated in the “Admission Procedures” section.

Undergraduate Classifications and Requirements

The criteria for the various classifications of undergraduate admission are set forth in each admission section.

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First-Time Freshman Admission

UTSA classifies the following students as first-time freshmen:

  • those who have not attended a college or university since high school graduation
  • those who have been dually enrolled in college and high school
  • those who enroll in a Fall Semester after attending college during the summer immediately after high school graduation.

First-time freshman admission requires, in addition to current university and academics program requirements, that applicants also have:

  • Successfully completed the Distinguished, Advanced, Recommended, Foundation with an Endorsement, Foundation, or Minimum High School Program or complete the portion of the program that was available to them; or
  • Successfully completed a curriculum that is equivalent* in content and rigor to the Distinguished, Advanced, Recommended, Foundation with an Endorsement, Foundation, or Minimum High School Program at a high school that is exempt from offering such programs; or
  • Satisfied the College Readiness Benchmarks on the SAT or ACT assessment:

SAT- 1500 out of 2400 (Critical Reading + Writing + Math) for SAT taken prior to March 2016

SAT- 480 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and 530 on Math (M) for SAT taken March 2016 and after

ACT 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Mathematics and 24 Science

*Equivalencies must be documented by the student’s high school using the appropriate High School Certification form. If needed, forms may be found at www.utsa.edu/admissions/undergrad/ .

In consultation with the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has determined that the high schools are responsible for providing the appropriate documentation to confirm the curriculum requirements.

Texas public high schools are to provide the curriculum information on the transcript, also known as the Academic Achievement Record. This indication is to be available no later than the completion of the student’s junior academic year.

Private high schools can provide this information on the transcript, or by completing the appropriate form created for this purpose.

The above requirement may also be satisfied if the applicant’s official high school transcript or diploma states that the applicant completed the portion of the minimum, foundation, recommended, advanced or distinguished curriculum or its equivalent that was available to the applicant, but was unable to complete the remainder of the curriculum solely because courses necessary to complete the remainder were unavailable to the applicant at the appropriate times in the applicant’s high school career as a result of course scheduling, lack of enrollment capacity, or another cause not within the applicant’s control. This is verified by the completion and submission of the appropriate form created for this purpose by the established deadline date for the application term.

Application Procedures

An ApplyTexas application, nonrefundable application processing fee, most current high school transcript, and an official copy of the SAT or ACT score (sent directly from the testing service) should be forwarded to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Applicants for admission as first-time freshmen who are attending high school at the time of application and who meet the curriculum and admission requirements may be admitted during their senior year pending receipt and review of the final high school transcript. Applicants who do not meet the requirements may be reconsidered for admission upon submission of new, improved academic information (transcript, test scores, etc.).

Admission is conditional for students who have not yet graduated from high school. An official copy of the final high school transcript reflecting graduation date, final high school ranking (if applicable), curriculum information, STAAR or TAKS scores for students from public Texas high schools must be provided to ensure enrollment, financial aid eligibility and registration for future semesters. In order for the transcript to be considered the official final transcript that verifies high school graduation, the student must have completed coursework from the school providing that transcript.

Admission Requirements

The following table shows the minimum total scores required, where applicable, for students meeting the first-time freshman curriculum requirement, based on high school numerical rank-in-class and on either the SAT or the ACT. 1

High school class ranking is required for graduates of accredited public or private high schools. For applicants whose high school transcript does not present a ranking, Undergraduate Admissions will assign a ranking based on coursework and grades.

Guaranteed Freshman Admission Criteria

*Old SAT – SAT taken prior to March 2016.

*New SAT – SAT taken March 2016 and after.

Admission By Committee Review

*Old SAT – SAT taken prior to March 2016.

*New SAT – SAT taken March 2016 and after.

First-Time Freshman applicants who are in the top 25 percent (first quartile) of their high school graduating class at an accredited high school and meet the first-time freshman curriculum requirements are admitted without minimum score requirements on the ACT or SAT; however, scores must be submitted from the testing agency to UTSA in order to complete the application process.

Admission By Committee Review

Applicants ranking in the second, third, or fourth quartile with the required minimum SAT or ACT score and applicants from a home school or unaccredited high school will be considered for admission through Committee Review. Factors considered in the review process will include:

  • achievement in academic or nonacademic endeavors
  • first-generation college student status
  • extracurricular activities
  • leadership
  • community activities
  • work experience
  • socioeconomic background
  • experience surmounting obstacles to pursue higher education.

Applicants should take care to complete all required and optional portions of the application for admission, in order to convey information about these additional factors of admission by committee review.

Submission of the following documents is also recommended, but not required:

  1. A one-page essay from the ApplyTexas application, Topic A.
  2. Up to two letters of recommendation, based on community involvement, high school academics or employment.

All supporting material should include the student’s full name, high school and date of birth as it appears on the ApplyTexas application. The supporting materials should be mailed to: The University of Texas at San Antonio, Undergraduate Admissions Office, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249-0616.

General Educational Development (GED) Applicants

Applicants who did not graduate from an accredited high school but who have successfully passed all five subject tests and earned a GED ® may be considered for admission to UTSA by satisfying the ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks or earning a score of at least 1500 out of 2400 on Old SAT Score, or a minimum of at least a 480 on ERW and 530 on Math on the New SAT or the equivalent on the SAT.

Note: The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are: English=18, Math=22, Reading=21, Science=24.

Denial of Admission

If an applicant is denied after initial review for not meeting admission requirements, the student will be encouraged to reapply after completion of a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours at an accredited college or university with a grade point average of at least a 2.25. Students who are denied pending 30 transfer credit hours are encouraged to take advantage of transfer advising services offered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, to use transfer guides found at the UTSA Transfer Admissions website to assist in course selection during the period of deferment, and to reapply to UTSA according to the procedures outlined in the “Transfer Student Admission” section.

Coordinated Admission Program – The University of Texas at Austin

UTSA participates in the University of Texas at Austin’s Coordinated Admission Program (CAP). For complete information concerning the UT Austin’s Coordinated Admission Program, consult the University of Texas website at http://bealonghorn.utexas.edu/cap.

CAP students who are eligible for CAP at UTSA and who designate UTSA as their partner school when submitting their CAP acceptance agreement to UT Austin will have their initial application forwarded to UTSA from UT Austin; they do not need to submit a second application to UTSA but will need to submit the $60.00 application fee to UTSA. Also, students who send AP and Dual Credit Scores/Grades to UT Austin must also request that this documentation be sent to UTSA for evaluation. The admission decision is often made prior to high school graduation; therefore, admission is conditional for students who have not yet graduated from high school. An official copy of the final high school transcript reflecting the student’s graduation date, final high school ranking, if applicable, and curriculum information must be requested to be sent to UTSA to ensure admission status, financial aid eligibility and registration for future semesters.

CAP students enrolled at UTSA are advised by the Student Placement Advising Center. CAP students who decide to remain at UTSA rather than transfer to UT Austin should complete a form indicating that they are opting out of the joint program. The form is housed in the Student Placement Advising Center and can be completed when the student meets with his/her designated advisor.

Early Admission of High School Students

High school students who have junior or senior class standing or are applying to a Special Admission Program may be admitted under the Early Admission Program and enroll in UTSA courses while completing their high school studies. In special circumstances, high school students with sophomore or freshmen standing who meet the admission requirements outlined below may be considered for the program on an individual basis.

This policy is designed to address the needs of individual high school students who want to start earning college credit while in high school. Early Admission is not intended for students who want to earn simultaneous credit toward high school graduation and a university degree, or for students who enroll as part of a group of students under the terms of an agreement between UTSA and the student’s school district. Such applicants should refer to the policy under the heading “Dual Credit Program Admission.”

First-Time Early Admission Criteria

Procedures

  1. Submit a UTSA Application for Admission to the Undergraduate Admissions Office on or before the application deadline for the requested semester of enrollment.
  2. Submit a nonrefundable application processing fee.
  3. Submit an official high school transcript.
  4. Submit a letter of recommendation from a high school counselor.
  5. Submit official SAT or ACT scores sent directly from the testing company.

Students applying for Early Admission through Special Admission Programs of the University, such as UPREP, will be required to follow the procedures approved for and by that program and will be reviewed according to the requirements established for the program. Information concerning these procedures and requirements are available from the University coordinator for the program.

Continuing Student Early Admission Procedure

Early Admission students who choose to continue enrollment at UTSA following high school graduation must apply for admission according to regular policy and procedures. Students must meet the admissions requirements for First-time Freshmen for the term for which they will be applying.

Enrollment Procedures

  1. Early Admission student advising and course registration are coordinated by The Institute for P-20 Initiatives and take place following notification of admission.
  2. Advising and course registration for Special Admission Program students is the responsibility of and coordinated by the office managing the Special Admission Program.
  3. Early admission students are enrolled as non-degree-seeking.

Dual Credit Program Admission 1

Dual Credit Program Admission is designed for high school students who want to simultaneously earn credit toward high school graduation and a university degree, or for students who enroll as part of a group of students under the terms of an agreement between UTSA and the student’s school district.

Dual Credit Program Admission is not intended for high school students who simply want to get an early start earning college credit. Such applicants should refer to the policy under the heading “Early Admission of High School Students.”

  • Applicants for Dual Credit Admission who already have earned college credit must have at least a cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 or above and be in good standing at the institution from which the dual credit is earned.
  • Dual credit work must be documented on an official transcript sent directly from the awarding institution.

Enrollment Requirements

  1. As required by the Texas Success Initiative, students must take an approved assessment test to determine readiness to enroll in college-level courses, unless otherwise exempted. Information on the Texas Success Initiative can be accessed at http://utsa.edu/success/tsi.html
  2. Dually enrolled students are admitted as non-degree-seeking.
  3. Dually enrolled students who choose to continue enrollment at UTSA following high school graduation must apply for admission according to applicable admission policy and procedures.
  4. Minimum SAT or ACT admission score requirements must be consistent with regular UTSA policy for admission of high school graduates.
  5. Applicants who do not meet regular admission requirements and who apply as part of a group of students under the terms of an agreement between UTSA and the student’s school district may be admitted with restrictions addressed in the agreement or at the discretion of the Institute for P-20 Initiatives and the appropriate faculty (selected by the academic departments). Such restrictions will be documented and monitored by the imposing school district or office.

Procedures

  • Submission of the ApplyTexas application to the UTSA office managing the agreement with the school district on or before the application deadline for the requested semester of enrollment.
  • Submission of the nonrefundable application fee unless otherwise waived or paid by a sponsoring grant program.
  • Submission of an official high school transcript and official college transcript, if applicable.
  • Submission of official ACT or SAT scores, if required by the program, sent directly to UTSA from the testing company.
  • Dually enrolled students will receive academic advisement from the UTSA office managing the agreement with the school district.

In accordance with Chapter 4 under the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules (Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1). Rules Applying to All Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas, Subchapter D, Dual Credit Partnership Between Secondary Schools and Texas Public Colleges.

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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

The undergraduate program in the Department of Psychology offers courses and training leading to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology

Information on our programs for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology

Directory for the Department of Psychology, including all faculty and staff

This section was designed for students as a research tool for locating helpful information and answers to many questions about majoring/minoring in psychology, careers, graduate school, etc.

MS Application Process

All applications are handled through UTSA's online application system (“decision desk”). The online application system and instructions for using the system can be found by clicking here. Please note that each graduate program has its own application procedure. If you have applied for other UTSA graduate programs, you will still need to apply separately for the Master of Science in Psychology program.

Using the application system

When you login to the application system, be sure to specify the program for which you are applying (i.e., the MS in Psychology). This will ensure you see the correct instruction pages and that your application gets sent to the correct admissions committee (i.e. us).

During the application process, you will be asked to enter the year for which you are applying, the program option (thesis or non), the timeline on which you hope to complete the degree, and to rank your major areas of interest. After that, you will see several upload pages. The system allows you to upload one file for each upload page. Only two of these are required: Relevant experience and background and Statement of Goals and Interests. There is a third page should you feel the need to upload additional documents, but it is not required. More information on each section can be found in the application system itself. If you do not see the pages above in the application system, you might want to go back to the beginning and make sure you selected the right program.

Things to keep in mind when writing your “goals” statement:

In this essay we would like you to describe your long term goals and how the M.S. program in Psychology at UTSA would help you achieve them. Please also describe the types of research you are interested in conducting, the topics on which you hope to conduct research, and how this relates to the program.

The program involves individualized training. As such, we make every effort to match applicants to faculty advisors with similar interests. Although we cannot guarantee a particular faculty member will be available to serve as your advisor, if there are faculty with whom you are particularly interested in working please include that information in this essay.

Please limit your description to 1-2 pages, single spaced (approximately 700 to 1400 words).

Things to keep in mind when writing your “research” statement:

In this statement we would like you to tell us about the research and other relevant experiences you have had that make you a good candidate for graduate work in psychology in general and our program in particular. If there are experiences that have given you research or statistical skills that might not be obvious from your transcript (e.g., assisting with or conducting research projects), please include an explanation of those experiences or skills as well.

Please limit this statement to 1-2 pages, single spaced (approximately 700 to 1400 words).

Application Deadlines

Except for extraordinary circumstances, we only accept applications for Fall semester. This is due to course sequencing requirements – our Spring semester classes for first year students have Fall semester prerequisites.

To be considered for Fall admission, all materials must be received by June 15 th for domestic students and by April 1 st for international students. Applicants interested in receiving financial aid should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the appropriate office by March 15 th .

We strongly recommend applying well in advance of the deadline, especially for those hoping to receive financial aid. Space is limited, and obviously we cannot admit people once capacity is reached. Applying well in advance of the deadline also helps protect against issues such as slow delivery of transcripts, GRE scores, or letters of recommendation. In addition, we recommend taking the GRE one to two months prior to the submission deadline to ensure timely receipt of scores.

COLFA Departments

Academic Advising

  • Academic Advising Site
  • Arts & Humanities:
    • Office: MS 4.01.52
    • Phone: (210) 458-6513
    • advise@utsa.edu
  • Social Sciences:
    • Office: MS 4.01.50
    • Phone: (210) 458-4900
    • advise@utsa.edu

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COLFA Scholarships

Currently Accepting Applications

Mary Pat & Louis H. Stumberg Endowed Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Studies

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Award: Amount and number of awards vary depending on endowment distributions

Eligibility

Mary Pat and Louis H. Stumberg Endowed Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Studies in Music and the Sciences

Undergraduate students who have a declared major in one of the following disciplines:

  • all disciplines in the College of Engineering
  • all disciplines in the College of Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Other social and behavioral science disciplines

with one of the majors above you must also have a declared minor in Music or Creative Writing. You may also have an arts major with a minor in one of the disciplines listed above.

Graduate students may have research focus that involves science and art disciplines.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form.
  • Brief essay (no less than 200 words) explaining the importance of music or creative writing in your intellectual and personal life. For graduate students, the essay should include an explanation of your research areas of focus. Please attach the essay to this application with name and Banner ID stated at the top.
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  • Beverly Duren Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: March 31, 2018

    Award: Amount and number of awards vary depending on endowment distributions

    Eligibility

    • High school seniors from Harlandale ISD (Harlandale High School, McCollum High School, or Tejeda Academy) OR a graduate of Harlandale ISD and currently enrolled freshman at the University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Declare a major or minor in the Department of Music OR the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at UTSA. Preference will be given to Music major/minors, but all eligible applications are considered.
    • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above during award year.
    • Exhibit leadership capabilities through participation in school clubs, extracurricular activities, civic organizations, band, volunteer work, job experience, or other demonstrations of leadership abilities

    *Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by UTSA’s Office of Financial Aid. Please fill-out the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    Application Requirements

    • Completed the Beverly Duren Scholarship application form.
    • 2 letters of recommendation from high school faculty familiar with the applicants academic and extracurricular achievements.
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  • Past COLFA Scholarships

    The Alameda/UTSA Endowed Museum Internship

    Deadline: February 28, 2018

    Award: Amount and number of awards vary depending on endowment distributions

    Eligibility

    • Funds distributed from the endowment shall be used each year to fund an internship at the:
      • Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D. C.
      • UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
      • Kennedy Center
      • or other cultural institutions as deemed appropriate by Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    • The internship award shall be provided to a full-time or part-time GRADUATE student enrolled in a graduate program in Anthropology, Art History or History.

    *Preference will be given to students who have completed at least 20 credit hours toward their master’s degree.

    Application Requirements

    • Completed Application
    • Essay – a 500-word narrative proposing the organization where they expect to complete their internship. The narrative should explain how the internship experience fits into their academic development and area of study, and what they hope to gain from the experience.

    *In consultation with the graduate advisors of record, applicants are responsible for making internship arrangements.

    David Bowen Memorial Endowment For Study In Europe – Spring 2018

    Deadline: November 03, 2017

    Award: Amount and number of awards vary depending on endowment distributions

    Eligibility

    • Undergraduate
    • COLFA Major
    • Register with the Office of International Programs
    • Travel experience must be at least two weeks in duration
  • Application Requirements

    • Application
    • Proof of registration with the UTSA Office of International Programs
    • Copies of travel program information and applications (as applicable)
    • Letter of recommendation (UTSA faculty member)
    • Completed Budget Section of Application
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  • Hewitt Family Annual Scholarship in COLFA

    Deadline: February 24, 2018

    Award: $1,500

    Eligibility

    This is a late award for the current 2017-18 Academic year

    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared a major in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    • Must be enrolled full-time status (minimum of 12 semester credit hours for undergraduates and 9 semester credit hours for graduate students)
    • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Recipients must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours and must demonstrate leadership capabilities in their school and community through volunteer efforts

    Application Requirements

    • Completed application
    • Brief essay
    • Letter of recommendation from a UTSA faculty members (transfer students may use faculty from previously attended college or university)
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  • John S. Jockusch Endowed Scholarship In The Liberal Arts

    Deadline: February 24, 2018

    Award: Amount and number of awards vary depending on endowment distributions

    Eligibility

    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared major in a liberal arts discipline within COLFA. Current liberal arts undergraduate majors in COLFA are:
      • American Studies
      • Anthropology
      • Communication
      • English
      • French
      • German
      • History
      • Humanities
      • Philosophy
      • Classical Studies
      • Geography
      • Political Science
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
      • Spanish
    • Must have and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application and award year
    • Be enrolled full time, 12 hours (undergraduate) or 9 hours (graduate), during the year in which the award is received.

    *Art and art history and music majors are not eligible for this scholarship.

    Application Requirements

    • Completed application
    • Brief essay about why you have chosen your major and your plans after graduation
    • A letter of recommendation from a UTSA faculty member (newly admitted graduate students can provide a letter from a faculty member at a previously attended college)
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  • Kangaroo Court Restaurants of Texas, Inc. Annual Scholarship in COLFA

    Deadline: February 24, 2018

    Award: 1 Award of $2000

    Eligibility

    • Students must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a major or concentration in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. *Preference will be given to students with a major in geography
    • Must have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Must be enrolled on a full-time basis, 12 hours for undergraduate and 9 hours for graduate
  • Application Requirements

    • Completed application
    • Brief essay about why you have chosen your major and your plans after your graduation
    • A letter of recommendation from a UTSA faculty members (transfer students may use faculty from previously attended college or university and incoming freshman may use a high school faculty member)
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  • Kenneth Alan Hovey Endowed Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: February 24, 2018

    Award: Amount and number of awards vary depending on endowment distributions

    Eligibility

    • Undergraduate or Graduate Student
    • Major in Humanities, Philosophy & Classics, or English
    • Completed at least 60 hours (undergraduate)
    • Enrolled full-time (12 hours undergraduate and 9 hours graduate)
    • 3.0 GPA (undergraduate) and 3.5 GPA (graduate)
  • Application Requirements

    • Online Application
    • Must demonstrate strong writing skills in two-page writing sample (topic varies each year)
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  • William V. Mastoris Endowed Scholarship Fund

    Deadline: January 30, 2018

    Award: Amount and number of awards vary depending on endowment distributions

    Eligibility

    • Undergraduate, pursuing a degree in humanities* at UTSA
      • American studies
      • Anthropology
      • Communication
      • English
      • French
      • German
      • History
      • Humanities
      • Philosophy
      • Classical studies
      • Geography
      • Political science
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
      • Spanish
    • Resident of Bexar County, Texas
    • Enrolled full-time (12 hours)
    • Top 50% of their high school graduation class and 2.5 GPA
    • 2.5 GPA in current university course work

    *Art, Art history, and Music majors are not eligible for this scholarship.

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