UTSA's social life is pretty non-existant. Out
of the 30,000 students attending, I would say that about
99% are commuters.. Campus is dead at night. Nobody
really stays around to make friends or hang-out. Most
of the students just get out of class and hop
in their cars to go to work or run home.
Also, many of the groups and people seem pretty
Well.. They have a rec center.
I like it. Good weight facility, treadmills, and
the basketball and raquetball courts are popular. It's pretty
crowded, so I think an expansion is in order soon,
but I was pretty impressed with that facility. Other
than that.... UTSA's activities are pretty limited. There are
some intramurel sports, but, the quality and quantity of recreation
and activities is very much on the level of
a community college, if even that. Reminds me of
high school. Definitely not university quality.
The campus is pretty small, so walking from class to
class or building to building isn't really a problem.
But, they close the doors down through some main entry
points at night, so if you happen to live in
the dorms and need to get to the other 'main'
areas of campus to ... say.. use a computer lab
or go to the library, good luck! You'll have
to drive yourself around or take an extended walk.
This school is not very friendly to people living on
The food here sucks. Again, the
university caters to the commuter, so if you plan on
staying past say, 6pm, and want to catch a bite,
you better have a car so you can drive to
the nearest restaurant. On campus food has weird hours
and closes all the time. UTSA needs to dramatically
improve the on-campus eating options.
The campus is
pretty safe. They have police phones everywhere, it seems
to be well kept and mainted, and there are constant
police patrols. Just don't speed or park in a
wrong spot, b/c the police here like to give out
Well.. there are some couches in
the UC, there is the library (which for the first
time ever will be open 24/7 as of fall 2004,
finally), and... there are some tables and inside JPL lower
levels. That's about it.
staff at UTSA are friendly and helpful. You can
usually get someone on the phone ASAP to resolve some
problem, and most of the time the lines are short
at the offices if you need to get something done.
UTSA's tech. sub-par, possibly mediocre. They don't
have wireless access, which blows, and their online serviecs are
pretty clunky. You need a billion passwords and usernames
to manage all of your onlinea ccounts (Library, Web CT,
ASAP, Lonestar), when it should all be consolidated into a
USER FRIENDLY resource. UTSA needs to spend some big
bucks to invest in it's IT infrastructure. They claim
to have a great Information Systems department in their Business
School, but they dont' seem to take care of their
campus like a real university should. Again, UTSA's IT
is what you would expect out of a community college.
On a plus note, their computer labs are pretty good.
Fast printing, good Dell workstations, good operating hours.
I think they need more labs, and it would help
if they implemented roaming profiles so you could save stuff
to your desktop and have it appear on any computer
UTSA is VERY MUCH a COMMUTER
campus. It does not cater to the traditional college
student at all, and seems to be geared toward those
working professionals seeking a degree on the side of their
normal lives. If you are a student looking for
a top-notch education and college experience, look elsewhere (i reccomend
ut austin, a&m, texas tech, texas state, or the university
of houston - UTD or UTArlington). I can't speak
for everyone when I say this, because after all, a
degree IS only a piece of paper, but I don't
expect a degree from UTSA to be worth much outside
of central Texas. I'm transferring out ASAP!
student put it, “UTSA has about as much social interaction
as The University of Phoenix - Online."
To UTSA's credit,
they are expanding and improving (new bio sciences and engineering
facility, new on campus dorms for Fall 2004), but I
would say they are 15 to 20 years behind the
quality (research, education, funding, admissions standards) of UT-Dallas AND UT-Arlington. UTSA is just a big community college trying to
be a big university.
Look elsewhere (unless you have
to go there - then just use it as a
stepping stone to a better school). Don't let a
crappy school ruin your career!