Destination Downtown

From commerce to culture, UTSA is contributing to a bold future for downtown San Antonio

UTSA's growth is instrumental to San Antonio's evolution as the seventh-largest city in the United States. The UTSA Downtown Campus, which anchors the city’s technology corridor, is undergoing an expansion that shows promise for economic prosperity, urban revitalization and transdisciplinary discovery.

News & Updates

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San Pedro II groundbreaking highlights local technology workforce connection

UTSA celebrated the groundbreaking of San Pedro II with an interactive event honoring innovators and entrepreneurs at the San Pedro Creek Culture Park

Read more about San Pedro II

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Underused underpass now an urban recreational space

The 8,800-square-foot space, owned by the Texas Department of Transportation, is the first recreational area created in a pedestrian zone below an elevated freeway in San Antonio.

Read more about the space

Fueling San Antonio’s Trajectory

San Antonio's ability to continue attracting businesses that support high-paying jobs depends on the presence of a qualified and educated workforce. As a driver of economic development, workforce talent, and social mobility, UTSA is meeting the demands of our thriving population and business community.

Read about our other efforts to propel San Antonio's momentum

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Expanding Business Education & Career Engagement

Meeting San Antonio’s escalating workforce needs and connecting UTSA students with experiential learning and career-engagement opportunities.

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Klesse College of Engineering & Integrated Design

Leveraging expertise and increasing collaboration across architecture, construction, planning, and engineering by uniting two colleges under one administrative home.

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San Antonio Workforce Development & Upskilling

Promoting continuing education and professional development programs for adult learners.

Downtown Campus

UTSA’s Downtown Campus is located between San Antonio’s historic Westside neighborhood and the downtown core near multiple cultural, historic and commercial venues, as well as San Antonio’s Tech District.

Visit the Downtown Campus

Master Plan for UTSA’s Downtown Campus

The Campus Master Plan, approved by the UT System Board of Regents in November 2019, serves as a roadmap to guide UTSA’s physical growth in alignment with its academic mission and strategic priorities over the next decade.

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Capital Projects

These two major initiatives will anchor UTSA to San Antonio’s prospering high-tech corridor and serve as a catalyst for economic and community investment in the San Pedro Creek area.

San Pedro I

State-of-the-art, first-of-its-kind data science school in Texas which houses UTSA’s School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center

Read about the grand opening

San Pedro II (Opening 2025)

Facility focused on connecting students with experiential learning and career opportunities, as well as supporting local entrepreneurship and innovation

Watch the groundbraking

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These initiatives will have a profound effect on our growing technology sector in addition to UTSA’s drive to become a nationally recognized research university. It will accelerate downtown San Antonio’s ongoing resurgence and provide a transformative boost that enhances economic opportunity for generations to come.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg

Woven into San Antonio’s Cultural Fabric

These locations exemplify UTSA's expanding downtown footprint, creating vital connections that link the university with the broader San Antonio community.

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Westside Community Partnerships

UTSA is working to amplify the economic and cultural strengths of the Westside by marshaling UTSA talent and resources to engage in strategic community partnerships.

Learn more about the Partnerships initiative

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Hemisfair Campus

The Hemisfair Campus is a short walk from the Alamo, the River Walk and the Tower of the Americas and hosts the Institute of Texan Cultures.

Visit the Hemisfair Campus

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Institute of Texan Cultures

UTSA has embarked on a robust community engagement process to envision the next 50 years of the Institute of Texan Cultures and its museum, the only resources in Texas devoted entirely to the state’s rich, diverse history.

Read more about the Visioning process

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UTSA Southwest Campus

In 2022, UTSA proudly added the Southwest School of Art as its fifth campus as part of a merger of the two schools. This Southwest Campus is part of an expanded new school focused on advancing arts education.

Learn about the Southwest campus

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Paying Homage to our Hometown

San Antonio connections are highly visible within UTSA’s School of Data Science. The building’s landscaping includes an area for sculptures that speak to the work being done inside the building and its relationship to San Antonio’s Westside. Two exterior murals add visual interest and cultural connections to the city’s rich history, while showcasing the work of local artists. 

Our vision to expand UTSA’s Downtown Campus over the next decade will be informed and influenced by this historical and cultural context. Our aim is to balance campus growth with the preservation of existing community assets – the heritage, artistic legacies, social movements and strong neighborhood identity that shape San Antonio’s Westside.

Taylor Eighmy, UTSA President
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Milestones

November 3, 2023

O. Henry residence to relocate to UTSA Downtown Campus

October 27, 2023

UTSA updates community on ITC visioning scenarios with release of evaluative report

October 19, 2023

San Pedro II groundbreaking highlights connections to San Antonio’s technology workforce

September 8, 2023

UTSA, Centro San Antonio partner to support Football and downtown small businesses

August 24, 2023

San Pedro II design continues focus on sustainable future for San Antonio

August 21, 2023

San Pedro I awarded prestigious LEED green building certification

June 15, 2023

Eighmy discusses UTSA’s investment in local infrastructure, workforce

May 4, 2023

New murals by local artists to be installed at San Pedro I

February 2, 2023

Eight incredible research projects underway at UTSA’s San Pedro I

January 30, 2023

UTSA partners with Centro San Antonio to enhance downtown campus environment

January 9, 2023

UTSA hosts grand opening of San Pedro I, an epicenter for high-tech education and research

November 17, 2022

UTSA continues downtown development with San Pedro II

July 5, 2022

UTSA completes integration with Southwest School of Art

June 28, 2022

Southwest School of Art employees join UTSA

June 7, 2022

San Pedro I leverages UTSA's academic strengths to uplift San Antonio

May 31, 2022

UTSA launches national search for the director of new art school

May 27, 2022

UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts shares update on new arts school

April 13, 2022

UTSA School of Data Science to welcome 400 students when it opens in January 2023

February 2, 2022

UTSA and Southwest School of Art advance planning, community programming

November 18, 2021

UTSA and Southwest School of Art approve agreement to proceed with combining programs

August 23, 2021

UTSA and Southwest School of Art sign letter of intent to combine programs

July 12, 2021

UTSA marks progress of School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center Building with beam signing

May 19, 2021

UTSA names David Mongeau to lead new School of Data Science

May 17, 2021

UTSA names Texas-based agency to oversee ITC Centennial 2068 community process

March 24, 2021

Alvarezes gift $20 million to advance College of Business research, programs

January 29, 2021

UTSA reaffirms commitment to the Institute of Texan Cultures through new community visioning process

January 25, 2021

UTSA holds virtual groundbreaking for School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center

December 14, 2020

UTSA, Port San Antonio partner to bolster region’s cyber and data innovation

December 2, 2020

UTSA surpasses $100 million in total research expenditures

November 19, 2020

UTSA officially launches Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute

November 6, 2020

University making strides toward Downtown Campus expansion

May 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Energy selects UTSA to lead Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute

February 27, 2020

Regents approve acquisition of land for Downtown Campus expansion

December 18, 2019

Charles Butt Foundation awards $344K grant to Urban Education Institute

December 16, 2019

San Antonio’s top arts high school is moving to UTSA’s Downtown Campus

December 6, 2019

UTSA students to build smart home on Downtown Campus

September 10, 2019

UTSA launches Westside Community Partnerships Initiative to shape neighborhood programs and services, aligned to campus master plan

August 26, 2019

UTSA, VIA partnership provides free transportation with U-Pass

July 25, 2019

President Eighmy provides update on Downtown Campus Initiatives

July 10, 2019

UTSA names Brigadier General (Ret.) Guy M. Walsh as Executive Director of National Security Collaboration Center

May 24, 2019

Congressman Hurd visits the UTSA National Security Collaboration Center

May 17, 2019

Texas House lauds UTSA with cybersecurity resolution

April 24, 2019

New UTSA initiative to focus on Institute of Texan Cultures

March 26, 2019

President Eighmy Named Dealmaker of the Year

January 23, 2019

UTSA launches Urban Education Institute at Downtown Campus

October 23, 2018

Bexar County Commissioners Court approves land transfer to support UTSA Downtown Campus vision

October 18, 2018

City of San Antonio approves land transfer for UTSA Downtown Campus initiative

September 18, 2018

UTSA receives $15 million gift and parcels of land downtown for construction of proposed School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center

September 17, 2018

UTSA Student Union expands to Downtown Campus

September 6, 2018

UTSA receives a $70 million commitment from the University of Texas System Board of Regents for expansion of the Downtown Campus, for a National Security Collaboration Center and for a proposed School of Data Science

June 12, 2018

UTSA Downtown students will have new housing options