The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a state research university in San Antonio, Texas, United States. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in San Antonio and the eighth-largest (2014) in the state of Texas. It includes three campuses across the San Antonio metropolitan area that span 725 acres of land. UTSA offers a wide array of academic studies, with 67 bachelor's, 69 master's and 24 doctoral programs. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, it was selected by Times Higher Education as one of the best universities in the world under 50 years old.
UTSA is a member of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a consortium of the nation's major doctorate-level universities dedicated to collaboration and scientific advancement. It is an institutional member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, recognizing its influence and role as a Hispanic-serving institution. UTSA is also a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, an organization of public institutions that seek to both offer educational excellence and opportunities to historically under-served populations.
Established in 1969, UTSA has evolved to become the third largest institution within the UT System by enrollment. Through an aggressive expansion of its research productivity, the university's restricted research expenditures have grown from US $36.4 million in FY16 to US $40.1 million in FY17. Similarly, total research expenditures increased from US $56.8 million in FY16 to US $68.1 million in FY17.
Its football team has competed in Conference USA since 2013, previously playing a stint in the WAC and as an FCS independent.
Identified as one of Texas' six emerging research universities, UTSA is striving toward full National Research University Fund eligibility, having consistently achieved the criteria for freshman class of high academic achievement.