Academic Resources

Undergraduate Academic Advising

Student Success Center, Modular C | (210) 784-1307

Your academic advisor is here to help you develop an educational plan that supports your academic, personal, and career interests, while ensuring that you meet graduation requirements. Academic advisors help students make decisions by drawing upon their own educational experiences and their understanding of the curricula and academic policies of Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

Academic advisors are professional staff members. As each academic program has unique requirements, your assigned academic advisor is based on your major or, in the case of first-year college students, on your prior college experience.  First-year college students are required to meet with their academic advisors prior to registering or making changes to their schedules.  All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisors in their first semester and at least once per year for the remainder of their time at A&M-San Antonio.  Meeting with your academic advisor will help you ensure you understand course sequencing and have a plan for graduation.

As the title of the role suggests, your advisor works with you in an advisory capacity. The decisions you make are yours and yours to own. Your advisor might suggest you to take one course of action over another, but in the end, your advisor honors your agency and your ability to make your own decisions.

We expect you to use DegreeWorks to track your progress toward graduation, and we strongly encourage you to meet with your academic advisor  prior to the registration period for the upcoming semester. Ultimately, you are responsible for your final choices, and for ensuring that you fulfill the university degree requirements and the requirements of your major.

For information or to schedule an appointment with an undergraduate academic advisor, please call (210)784-1307, or visit the undergraduate academic advising website at: http://www.tamusa.edu/advising/academicadvising.html. Appointments can also be scheduled via the EAB-Navigate link in JagWire.

First-Year Experience

Patriots’ Casa, Room 204 | (210)784-1435

First-Year Seminar (FYS)

Beginning in the 2020-21 catalog, First-Year Seminar, UNIV 1301, replaces Jaguar Tracks I, II, and III in all degrees.  This course is designed to assist first-year students in adjusting to university expectations through enhancing quantitative reasoning skills and acquiring essential skills for academic success. 

For transfer students, UNIV 1301 may be waived if a student has completed at least 24 credits with a GPA of 2.0 or higher OR has successfully completed an equivalent 3-hour course with a grade of C or better.  Examples of equivalent courses include EDUC 1300: Learning Framework or PSYC 1300: Learning Framework.  BS Interdisciplinary Studies students who have transfer credit for EDUC 2301 should have that course applied to the UNIV 1301 requirement for compliance with field-of-study transfer.
For first-time-in-college students, UNIV 1301 is required to be taken within their first year. This course may be waived if a student has successfully completed an equivalent 3-hour course with a grade of C or better.  Examples of equivalent courses include EDUC 1300: Learning Framework or PSYC 1300: Learning Framework.  BS Interdisciplinary Studies students who have transfer credit for EDUC 2301 should have that course applied to the UNIV 1301 requirement for compliance with field-of-study transfer.

Jaguar Tracks

Students in catalog years 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 are required to complete the Jaguar Tracks sequence. Jaguar Tracks are one-hour, for-credit courses, that students complete during their first semester of enrollment, and then during each semester as they transition to sophomore, junior, and senior standing. Students admitted as transfer students will be required to begin the Jaguar Tracks sequence with the course that corresponds to their classification at the time of admission.

For example, a transfer student admitted as a junior (having at least 60, but fewer than 90 credits) will complete Jaguar Tracks III and Jaguar Tracks IV, as they correspond to their academic department. As another example, students having earned fewer than 30 semester credit hours at the time of admission, will complete all four Jaguar Tracks courses. If a student does not need to take all four Jaguar Tracks courses the student, in consultation with her/his academic advisor, must complete elective credits to make up the difference needed for attaining the number of credits required for completing the degree.

Transfer students who begin the Jaguar Tracks sequence at the level that corresponds to their classification will be required to compensate for waived Jaguar Tracks courses with additional elective credits.

Prerequisites are in place that prevent students from registering for a Jaguar Tracks course above their classification.  For example, a student with only 30 hours cannot register for a Jaguar Tracks III course.

Early college high school students who are first-time in college students but are not classified as freshmen must complete the entire four-course Jaguar Tracks sequence.  They should take one course each semester.

The focus of each course will be geared around the theme designated for the specific track the student is taking with an overarching goal of student academic success and retention. Courses will focus on areas such as, but not limited to, discovering the students’ place on campus, discovering globalization and diversity, developing a global perspective, becoming active members of the broader community within their discipline, and discovering students’ place in a professional field. Students will interact with faculty, staff, and fellow jaguars during their time in the course.

Common Experience

The Common Experience at Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a yearlong initiative designed to cultivate a common intellectual conversation on a theme and facilitate increased interactions among faculty, staff, and students. It is designed to become a great tradition that will provide participants an opportunity to deconstruct and explore a common subject through multidisciplinary lenses and apply academic thought towards finding meaningful solutions to discovered challenges. Throughout the year, various events and programs will provide opportunities for engagement for the entire university community and beyond. 

Students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity every spring semester to nominate a Common Read to be considered for the following year.

Peer Mentoring (Peers Assisting with Success)

Peer Leaders promote student engagement and foster an inclusive environment for students to find their sense of belonging to thrive on campus. Peer leaders are upperclassmen at A&M-SA who are passionate about working with a diverse group of students and committed to these students’ learning and development. They are high-achieving students and serve as a positive role model for students and assist them in navigating the academic, social, and personal challenges during their college journey. Mentees can expect to meet one-on-one or in small groups with their peer leader, attend on-campus activities and social events together.

Learning Communities

Learning Communities (LCs) will strive to create a culture of learning to improve student success and to increase overall retention during the first year of the undergraduate experience. Students will have the opportunity to opt-into a year-long learning community during registration at new student orientation. Cohorts of 20 students will be enrolled in same 2 courses during the semester. These linked courses will have a direct connection and shared assignments to encourage students to collaborate and master material by working together.  The fundamental purpose of LCs at A&M San Antonio will be to develop cohort identity, to establish a culture of learning and to create a sense of belonging to the university.

Faculty Mentoring

The faculty advising program will offer students the opportunity to be paired with a faculty member on campus during their first-year of college. Participants in this program can expect an opportunity to have multiple interactions with their faculty mentors through various events, one-on-one meetings and social gatherings. Faculty mentoring provides students the opportunity to build relationships with a professor on campus who can offer insight and first-hand perspective as they navigate college life at A&M San Antonio.

Academic Learning Center

Modular C, Room 140 | (210)784-1332

All currently enrolled students at Texas A&M University-San Antonio can utilize the Academic Learning Center for subject-area tutoring. The Academic Learning Center is an appointment based center where appointments are made through the Navigate platform. Students access Navigate through Jagwire in the Student Services tab. The Academic Learning Center offers various workshops and events on campus, as well as classroom presentations. Supplemental Instruction for certain BIOL 1306 and 1307 is offered through the Academic Learning Center and sessions occur every week. The Center is active on campus outreaching to students to highlight services offered.

Student Success Center

Student Success Center, Modular C | (210)784-1307

The Student Success Center takes a developmental/proactive approach to help students complete their academic goals from orientation through graduation. The Center offers academic and skills workshops, one-on-one appointments, and online resources to help retention efforts at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The goal of the Center is to help students discover, self-reflect, and become independent learners. The Success Center houses the Academic Success Coaches, the Testing Center, and the Academic Learning Center. Academic Success Coaches are assigned to certain incoming first time in college students as well as students on academic probation. However, all students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Success Coach for assistance in navigating the University, to receive student resources, and help with the transitions from high school to college and/or from community college to the University. . Academic Success Coaches partner with other offices on campus as well as faculty to ensure students are connected to the resources that are available on campus and in the community.

PAS (Pathways to Academic Success)

Students whose academic standing is scholastic probation will participate in the PAS program until they earn an institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher. Academic Dismissal students will also participate as a requirement for re-admission to the University. Students in this program will be required to attend a probation orientation and meet with their Academic Success Coach, attend G.R.O.W.L. Series, online Blackboard assignments, and/or study halls. The Academic Success Coach and student will complete paperwork and create a plan of action to help the student be successful in that semester. Students participating in the PAS program have a hold on their account which will prevent registration for the following term. Completion of the program will result in a future-dating of that hold. Once the student earns an institutional GPA of 2.0 or higher, the student will be complete with the program and the hold will be removed.

Graduation Pledge Program

First-time students with no college credit are eligible to join the Graduation Pledge program at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Students will be sent a request via their Jaguar email to opt into the program within the first weeks of the fall semester. Students will be asked to abide by GPA requirements, meet with their academic success coach and academic advisor, and earn at least 30 A&M-SA credit hours per year to stay enrolled in the program. In conjunction with these requirements, the student pledges to graduate in 4 years or less. For more information about the program, contact the offices of Advising and Student Success at 210-784-1307.

G.R.O.W.L Workshop Series (Gaining Resources and Opportunities While Learning Workshop Series)

The Student Success Center offers a series of sessions for all A&M-SA students to participate in. These sessions use the Wellness Wheel as the framework for the series. The Center takes a holistic approach with the G.R.O.W.L. Series touching on aspects of the Wellness Wheel from emotional intelligence, academic skills, healthy eating, and physical wellness. The Series supports students’ growth at any point in their development in college. Sessions are offered in person.

Navigate

Navigate is a web-based tool to help connect students to campus resources in order to sustain retention and degree attainment. Students can utilize Navigate to schedule appointments with advisors, academic success coaches, and tutors. Students can also communicate via Navigate with faculty, advisors, and academic success coaches using the messaging application. An early alert system is incorporated into Navigate which faculty members can use to connect students with resources in the Student Success Center. Faculty may also submit progress reports to the Student Success Center in regards to student performance in a class. An early alert and progress report will result in contact from an Academic Success Coach to assist students in being successful at the University. Students can access Navigate through Jagwire in the Student Services tab.

Other Services

The Student Success Center offers other services such as supporting students who earned theDream.US scholarship, former foster youth, and the DREAM peer mentoring program.  Each of these services supports student persistence and retention at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.  For more information on these services, please contact the Student Success Center at Student.Success@tamusa.edu.

University Library

Central Academic Building, Room 202 | (210) 784-1500 | http://www.tamusa.edu/library

The University Library at Texas A&M University-San Antonio fosters collaboration among faculty, staff, and students to create an atmosphere of academic excellence and provides the university community with tools for lifelong learning. The library is actively engaged in the teaching, research, and outreach activities of A&M-SA. Library staff promote an inclusive culture through our services, resources, and support.

Research Assistance and Instruction

The University Library’s professional librarians and staff offer you individualized research assistance and advanced research consultations in person, over the phone, by text message or e-mail, and via the web whenever the library is open. Working with faculty, the librarians also provide course-specific instruction to aid you in successfully completing course assignments involving research.  You can access tutorials and subject-specific guides to resources on the library’s website.

Information Resources

The University Library provides you with the information resources you need to be successful as a student. Whenever possible, librarians select materials in an electronic format, which you can use from any computer at any time.  The onsite print and media collection consists of materials that directly relate to A&M-SA academic programs, course reserves, and K-12 curriculum support materials. If the library does not own a book, journal article, or other item that you need, you may request the library borrow it for you through ILLiad, the interlibrary loan service.  A TexShare card provides you with borrowing privileges from more than 500 participating libraries across the state.  For more information on the TexShare card, ask at the information desk.

Library Facilities  

You have free access to computers, printers, print and media collections, and open study space. Hours are posted on the University Library’s website.  You can borrow study rooms for yourself or a group on a first-come, first-serve basis.  You can reserve some rooms in advance from the library’s home page.  All study rooms are equipped with white boards and display panels for your laptop.  If a room is unavailable, you are always welcome to work with others in our open Collaborative Zone. The library also has a family study room complete with toys for children.  The library circulates laptops, headphones, and video cameras to students.  You can create posters and other innovative projects for your classes in the library’s makerspace room.  In addition, the library offers laminating services. 

Archives & Special Collections

Bexar County Archives Building | 126 E. Nueva | San Antonio, TX 78204 | (210) 784-1512 | http://www.tamusa.edu/library-archives

Located downtown, the University Library’s Archives & Special Collections provides access to historical treasures, such as Texas history resources dating back to 1517. Researchers can find manuscript collections, photographs, maps, artwork, books, newspapers and more. Staff provide one-on-one research guidance to students, faculty, staff, and the general public by appointment. In addition, the Presidio Gallery showcases themed history exhibits, which are free and open to the public.