The mission of the Honors College is to provide enhanced educational opportunities for selected, motivated, enthusiastic, diverse, and inquisitive students and to foster the pursuit of excellence in undergraduate higher education. The underlying philosophy of the program is that well-educated individuals should understand broad, interdisciplinary perspectives while demonstrating expertise in their chosen field.
The Honors College is a community of highly talented and motivated students who want the excitement and stimulation of a comprehensive, urban university and the individual attention available in an Honors College. The Honors College is open to students from all academic disciplines. Members of the Honors College pursue a rigorous academic program which satisfies all requirements of their academic departments and colleges and goes beyond those requirements to provide the basis for outstanding achievement and appropriate recognition for that achievement. The Honors College offers small classes with greater opportunities for student participation, increased student-faculty contact, greater individual attention, lively discussions of important issues, special interdisciplinary seminars, community service opportunities, encouragement of study abroad, learning of foreign languages, and supervised research and internship experiences. All these activities are designed to challenge talented students.
Participation in the Honors College typically supplements, but does not replace, work in a major field. Credits earned in Honors College courses may be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements or specific degree requirements, when appropriate. Honors College advisors work with advisors in other colleges to assure that students meet all requirements of their major and Honors curriculum.
Freshmen and freshman transfer applicants will be automatically admitted to the Honors College if they rank in the top 10 percent of their class and have a 1200 or above SAT (Critical Reading + Mathematics) or 27 or above ACT; OR rank in the top 20 percent of their class and have a 1300 or above SAT (Critical Reading + Mathematics) or 29 or above ACT. Students with an 1100 or above SAT (Critical Reading + Mathematics) or 24 or above ACT will be considered through a holistic review process. In the holistic review process, the Honors College considers writing skills, student leadership, special skills and abilities, and special circumstances. Therefore, students whose SAT, ACT, or class rank do not meet the threshold requirement may still gain admission if they offer a compelling reason why they should be part of the program. For continuing UTSA students and transfer students, eligibility to apply is based on a college grade point average (GPA) of 3.4 or better on a minimum of 15 hours of college coursework (excluding dual credit). Admission is competitive and contingent upon the pool of applicants for any given year. Admission information is posted online at http://honors.utsa.edu/.
Students who wish to apply for admission to the Honors College should contact the Office of the Dean of the Honors College. Applications are reviewed and Honors students are selected by members of the Advisory Committee on Honors Education. Selection is based on grades, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and writing samples. Admission is competitive and contingent upon the pool of applicants for any given year. Admission information is available at http://honors.utsa.edu/.