The University of Texas at San Antonio is a public research university in San Antonio with over 30,000 students. It is the largest university in San Antonio and the eighth-largest in the state of Texas. It includes three campuses across the San Antonio metropolitan area.
It was founded in 1969 but the first students were admitted in 1973. Students temporarily attended class at the Koger Center, which also housed administrative offices until 1975, when construction on the Main Campus was completed Enrollment during this time numbered 4,433 students within five colleges: Business, Fine and Applied Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Multidisciplinary Studies and Science and Mathematics. The John Peace Library opened the next year, serving as the new administrative headquarters for the university.
The Paisano, the university's award-winning newspaper, was established in 1981 as the first independent student publication in the state. The University Center grew significantly in the late 1990s, breaking ground on its newest expansion in 1995. The new $13.2 million building included the new Retama Auditorium and UTSA Bookstore. From 2006 to 2009, UTSA completed over $250 million in construction projects. The university renovated older buildings such as the John Peace Library (JPL), the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS, now known as the McKinney Humanities or MH) and the Multidisciplinary Studies (MS) buildings. In the mid-2000s decade, UTSA has evolved to become San Antonio's largest university, increasing its national prestige and selectivity.
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