Students who live on campus during their freshman year tend to perform better academically and feel a greater sense of belonging earlier in their college career, Wyatt says.
Additionally, living on campus makes it easier to make friends, get involved in student organizations, attend events, and take advantage of the many academic support services like tutoring, academic coaching, and sessions. of study.
Of the 4,600 students moving into on-campus housing, 350 Honors College students will move into Guadalupe Hall today and begin their Specialty residential college (HRC). Honors College is the only college at UTSA that requires its freshmen to live together on campus and offers a housing grant of up to $1,500 to each student.
“The Honors Residential College has become an essential part of the honors experience at UTSA,” said Sean Kelly, Dean of UTSA Honors College. “The events and activities we organize in and around the halls of residence bring our students together to have fun, learn, grow, connect with our faculty and staff, and help them feel truly part of a community. scholars.”
HRC events include professional development workshops, guest lectures, and social events such as free snow cones, lawn movie nights, and other activities that foster community.
Global Affairs Major Karla Galvan lived at HRC last year as a freshman.
“I loved the unique experience of living with other honors students,” she said. “I really felt like I was part of a supportive community and immediately felt like I belonged, which helped a lot with the transition to college and adapting to a new style of life. life,” she said.
The university one Engineering Focused Interest Group (FIG) is also located in Honors Residential College at Guadalupe Hall. This year, FIG includes 27 first-year engineering students who are enrolled in courses together, have a dedicated peer mentor and mentor professor, and enjoy the the benefits of being a member of the Honors College.
About half of those students moved to campus four weeks earlier as part of a new summer engineering bridging program piloted by the Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design. Overseen by the university’s Student Success Center, the program’s goal is to give students from underrepresented backgrounds a head start at UTSA by providing math preparation sessions and an introduction to campus resources before the start of the semester to ease their transition into college and set them up for success. in their engineering course.
The HRC and Engineering FIG are just two of 10 Special Interest Housing groups at UTSA, which are living learning communities focused on a subject or discipline and designed to promote student academic achievement and personal development. Students participating in any of the other special interest housing groups will live in Alvarez Hall.
Move-in days are the flagship event for Roadrunner days, an annual 16-day series of fun and informative events designed to welcome new and returning students to UTSA. Dozens of engaging and informative activities provide students with multiple opportunities to connect with other students, faculty, and staff.