Supporting Hispanic Student College-Readiness

UTSA has an extensive history of supporting programs to help Hispanic/Latinx students and other historically underrepresented populations achieve their goal of a college degree.

Below are just a few examples of both longstanding and relatively new UTSA programs that are making a difference.

Bold Promise

To show its commitment to offer high quality, affordable education to students who come from middle- and low-income Texas families, UTSA launched the Bold Promise program. Incoming freshmen who qualify in Fall 2020 will have their fees and tuition covered 100% for eight fall/spring semesters taken within four years.

P-20 Initiatives

To promote a college-going culture among students from underrepresented backgrounds, UTSA’s Institute for P-20 Initiatives offers specialized programs such as the Dual Credit Program, UTSA Ready Program, Upward Bound, and TRIO Educational Talent Search.

Prefreshman Engineering Program

Since 1979, UTSA’s Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) has provided an academically rigorous mathematics-based summer enrichment program for middle and high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). One of the program’s priorities is to improve participation of underrepresented populations in STEM fields, and 66% of PREP participants are minorities.

Alamo On-TRAC

On-TRAC (Transitioning Roadrunners at Alamo Colleges) is a pathway program for first-time freshman students who apply to UTSA but may not qualify for guaranteed admission into UTSA.

Alamo Runners

The Alamo Runner program is a collaborative, co-enrollment partnership between Alamo Colleges and UTSA. The program supports students who were admitted to UTSA during a fall or spring semester but instead enrolled at one of the five Alamo Colleges.

Access College and Excel Program

The Access College and Excel (ACE) program is a special scholarship and retention program aimed at helping incoming freshman, who have graduated from specific high schools effectively transfer from high school to a four-year university with the goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Grow with Google HSI Career Readiness Program

This initiative helps Latino students prepare for the workforce through digital skills training and career workshops. The curriculum was created by Google to help students master key skills to build their careers and increase their economic potential. The program is being piloted with Honors College students and is planned to eventually open to the entire student body.