SAC Honors Academy Program

About the Honors Academy Program

The SAC Honors Academy Program offers college courses in core subjects that every student will need for a bachelor's degree in Texas. 

Dedicated professors and advisors work one-on-one with students and guide them through academic, transfer and career goals.

Honors Academy Program students receive a first-rate college experience during their first two years at a fraction of the cost of a four-year college or university.

The Honors Academy Program provides the following opportunities:

Honors Academy Crest


Access to Honors Academy Center

The Honors Academy Center is open 8 am - 4 pm, Monday through Thursday for student use. Multiple PC and iMac computers are connected to a GoPrint printer. A kitchenette includes a refrigerator, microwave and single-serve coffee maker. A lounge area with comfortable chairs and sofas is also available. Social hour from 12:30-1:30 pm is set aside for games and camaraderie. 

Dedicated Academic Advisor

Students can meet and discuss their degree plan, transfer plan, academic progress and scholarship opportunities with our embedded academic advisor.

Early Registration

Students are eligible for early registration of classes before the course schedule opens. In coordination with our academic advisor, students can select their courses during the course schedule preview days.

Specialized Workshops

Transfer, scholarship and financial aid workshops are offered each month to support student success.

Collaboration with UTSA Honors College

Students who complete the SAC Honors Academy Program with distinction are eligible for automatic acceptance to UTSA Honors College. Honors distinction is met upon completion of a minimum of four Honors Academy Program courses and a Capstone course. Approved experiential learning activities can substitute for Honors Academy Program course work.  

Learning Communities

Collaborative partnerships through two or more linked classes are led by faculty to encourage integration of the curriculum across multiple disciplines. Faculty partners establish academic and social support networks while exploring a common topic and/or common readings through the lens of different disciplines.

Writing-Intensive Courses

Faculty develop their course curriculum to incorporate writing practice. Writing activities give students opportunities to both improve their compositional skills and deepen their learning through frequent writing assignments. Meaningful and timely faculty feedback support students’ writing development.

Leadership Development

Through the Student Organization for the Honors Academy Program (SOHAP), students can serve as any of the five officer positions. Students have an opportunity to exercise effective communication and interpersonal skills essential to their professional growth.

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learining (EL) is hands-on learning that involves a real-world-problem-solving process. EL encourages students to synthesize and analyze information through critical thinking as a result of teamwork, communication and research. Students interact with each other and course content through concrete experiences, developing methods and solutions to difficult problems and/or controversies. Students complete guided reflection throughout and at the culmination of their experiences. Students who cannot complete an Honors Academy Program course before transferring can substitute this requirement with EL.

Undergraduate Research
According to the American Association for Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the "goal of undergraduate research is to involve students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, cutting-edge technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from working to answer important questions." Faculty in our Program embed research opportunities in their courses, most notably within the Capstone courses.
Service Learning/Community-Based Learning

We coordinate with on and off-campus partners to arrange direct community service experiences for our students. These opportunities expose students to issues they are studying in the curriculum and with agencies doing meaningful work in the community. Some opportunities may include job placement within these agencies. Students develop a commitment to giving back to the community as an important preparation for citizenship, career and life.


Our program uses eLumen ePortfolio for students to electronically collect their work over time, reflect upon their personal and academic growth and share selected content with others, such as professors, advisors, and potential employers.


Capstone Courses

Our program offers culminating experiences wherein students complete a semester-long project that integrates and applies what they have learned in a Capstone course. Completed in the final semester at the College, the project may be a research paper, a performance, a portfolio or an exhibit of artwork.

Professor-Led Study Sess ions

Honors Academy Program faculty schedule specific study sessions in the Center to support student learning.

Off-Campus Excursions

Periodically, faculty will arrange for group outings to local landmarks, such as the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Witte Museum or the Missions National Historical Park. In addition, local University group tours are organized for interested students preparing for transfer

Guest Speakers

Local and national authors / educators are brought into the Center for presentations as extended opportunities for thought on important issues.



Diversity/Global learning
Service learning/Community-based learning

Capstone courses and projects
Professor-lead study sessions
Tutoring from peer mentors
Field trips
Guest speakers


The Honors Academy Program is open to high school graduates or college freshmen with less than 15 hours of college credit. High school graduates must have a minimum of 3.25 GPA (85/B) and college placement scores of 351 in college level reading, and 364 in college level writing with a minimum of 4 on the essay. College freshman must have a minimum 3.25 GPA.

Equity Statement

The Honors Academy Program supports and values equitable education by promoting non-discriminatory practices, considering the full range of human diversity with respect for all forms of human difference. 

Make an appointment with Cassandra for advising, check out schedules and calendars, scholarships and transfer information through the Honors Academy Blog.

Click on the application link below to apply.

Honors Academy Application


Fall 2019 Schedule

  Monday and Wednesday Tuesday and Thursday
8:00-9:15 AM EDUC 1300 HIST 1301
9:25-10:40 AM ENGL 1301
SPCH 1321
EDUC 1300
PHIL 2306
PSYC 2301
10:50 AM-12:05 PM   HIST 1301
PSYC 2301
ENGL 1301
12:15-1:30 PM HIST 1301
ENGL 1301
SPCH 1315
1:40-2:55 PM PHIL 2306  

Registration Ends: August 18
Classes Begin: August 26