Explore campus with Balfour's Curt Langford
9/1/2018 6:00:00 AM | Back to Events
On Campus with Curt: The University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio was established in 1969 when then Governor Preston Smith signed the school into legislation at a ceremony in front of the Alamo. By 1973 Peter T. Flawn was appointed the school’s second president and more than 670 students were enrolled in graduate-level courses taught by 52 faculty members. The earliest students attended class at the Koger Center which was an office park. The school now has more than 30,000 students enrolled.
The school conducted a student election to select either "The Stars" or "The Armadillos" as its mascot, but finally chose "The Roadrunners" after a student write-in referendum election. Led by Rowdy the mascot, UTSA joined Conference USA after its first two football seasons as WAC members playing in the Alamodome.
UTSA's motto is “Disciplina, Praesidium, Civitatis” which means “a cultivated mind is the guarded genius of democracy.” The original architects designed the campus buildings to be reminiscent of an Italian village.