San Antonio is definitely a city that values higher education. Students can choose from a wide range of programs and a broad spectrum of academic environments, including public or private colleges and universities, vocational and technical schools, a medical school, a major research university, and several schools of theology.
Founded in 1969, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a comprehensive, four-year public university serving the San Antonio Metro Area, South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. Its eight colleges offer more than 130 degree programs to more than 30,000 students. It’s the third-largest institution in the University of Texas System and has been one of the state’s fastest-growing public universities for much of the last decade.
Each year more than 3,000 students are trained at UTHSCSA’s more than 100 affiliated clinics, hospitals and healthcare facilities in South Texas. The five schools are the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, Dental School and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The many new educational offerings at the Health Science Center include a Ph.D. program in translational science offered in conjunction with UT Austin and UTSA.
Five colleges comprise the Alamo Colleges in Bexar County: Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College and Northeast Lakeview College. Collectively they educate more than 60,000 credit students each semester. The colleges offer associate degrees, certificates and licensures in occupational programs that prepare students for jobs, as well as arts and science courses that transfer to four-year colleges and universities (and lead to A.A. and A.S. degrees). The Alamo Colleges offer a national model for building a pipeline of workers with knowledge and skills for today’s labor market.
Currently enrolling over 3,600 students, for the second year in a row Texas A&M University-San Antonio is the fastest-growing university in the distinguished Texas A&M University System. Now occupying the first building on the grounds of its nearly 700-acre Main Campus, the military-embracing university will break ground on two more buildings in 2012. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are available for the lowest university tuition in San Antonio for a variety of in-demand fields, including teacher preparation, business, information technology and cybersecurity. Texas A&M-San Antonio’s mission is to prepare and empower students to be innovative and contributing members of a global society.
Trinity University, founded in 1869, is one of the nation’s top private universities. It educates more than 2,400 undergraduate students from 47 states and 58 countries. It offers 41 majors and 55 minors, including bachelor’s degrees in music, arts and science as well as master’s degrees in educational fields, accounting and healthcare administration. The school is renowned for its rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and superior facilities. For 19 consecutive years U.S. News and World Report has listed Trinity University with a No. 1 ranking in their “America’s Best Colleges” guide.
St. Mary’s University is a Catholic institution with a diverse student population of nearly 4,000. St. Mary’s has five schools and offers approximately 70 undergraduate and graduate majors. For 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school No. 22 in the West for academic reputation and seventh in the West for best value and quality (which represents the 18th consecutive year the university has placed in the first tier of colleges/universities listed by the magazine). In addition, both its Bill Greehey School of Business and School of Law were recognized as outstanding schools in The Princeton Review’s 2011 listing of “Best Business Schools and Law Schools.”
The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word founded the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in 1881. In all, UIW offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D. and professional programs, including pharmacy and optometry. UIW is committed to offering students a global experience, with a diverse student body representing 67 countries, and is a leader in international education with over 100 “sister schools” in 37 countries, including Italy, China, France and Germany.
Established in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is a small Catholic university that has developed a reputation for its personal teaching style and expertise in Mexican–American culture. It offers 33 bachelor’s degrees as well as 15 master’s and two doctoral programs. OLLU was elevated to the National category by U.S. News and World Report in its 2012 list of “America’s Best Colleges,” moving up from its “Tier 1 Regional Universities – West” ranking in 2011. High school guidance counselors surveyed by U.S. News and World Report ranked OLLU among the top 100 universities nationally for undergraduate education.
Since 2005, New York’s famed Culinary Institute of America (CIA) — the world’s premier culinary college — has operated one of its two branch campuses in San Antonio at the famed Pearl Brewery center near downtown. CIA-San Antonio attracts a unique blend of students: future chefs, food lovers and established culinary leaders. In addition to a 21-month Culinary Arts Associate Degree Program and a 30-week Culinary Arts Certificate Program, this campus hosts Latin American cuisine courses for food-service professionals and programs for food enthusiasts.
Founded in 2010, the Art Institute of San Antonio is a branch of the Art Institute of Houston and occupies 35,000 square feet of classrooms, computer labs, and library and office space. The Art Institute of San Antonio prepares students for careers in the visual and practical arts, offering 21 different degrees in disciplines such as culinary management, culinary arts, fashion and retail management, graphic design, interior design, media arts and animation, hospitality management, photography, and Web design. In the fall semester of 2011, the San Antonio location had an enrollment of 630 students.
Located halfway between San Antonio and Austin, Texas State University became the state’s eighth Emerging Research University in 2012. The more than 34,000 students are enrolled in 97 bachelor’s, 87 master’s and 12 doctoral degree programs. Texas State is the largest Hispanic Serving Institution in Texas.
Founded in 1891, Texas Lutheran resides on 184 scenic acres in Seguin, Texas, just north of San Antonio. With a diverse student body of approximately 1,400 and classes averaging fewer than 20 students, TLU provides a sense of community and an environment where individuality and personal growth are as integral to success as rigorous academics. The four-year, private liberal arts college has all the benefits of a large town in a suburban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church In America and offers a wide choice of bachelor’s degrees.
Wayland San Antonio has been serving the higher educational needs of San Antonio and South Texas since 1984. With a focus on the adult learner and a commitment to the university’s mission of educating students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment, you will find an unparalleled college experience.