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.

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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. 

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Honors Academy Application

 The Honors Academy Program provides the following opportunities:

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. Every Wednesday from 2-3 pm, faculty lead Relatable Interest Group (RING) sessions on a topic of interest. 

Faculty Availability in the Center

Faculty teaching in the Program schedule office hours in the Center throughout the week. Students do not need an appointment and do not need to be registered for a class with the professor to meet with faculty in the Center.

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 / financial aid workshops and presentations on topics of interest may be offered throughout the semester 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 discipline-specific integrated assignments.

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 leadership, 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 Sessions

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 and discussion of important issues.

Why considering EQUITY in our Program is important

Our Program takes into consideration the AAC&U recommendations on Equity-Mindedness:

“Equity-minded practices are created through a
1. willingness to look at student outcomes and disparities at all educational levels disaggregated by race and ethnicity as well as socioeconomic status.
2. recognition that individual students are not responsible for the unequal outcomes of groups that have historically experienced discrimination and marginalization in the United States.
3. respect for the aspirations and struggles of students who are not well served by the current educational system.
4. belief in the fairness of allocating additional college and community resources to students who have greater needs due to the systemic shortcomings of our educational system in providing for them.
5. recognition that the elimination of entrenched biases, stereotypes, and discrimination in institutions of higher education requires intentional critical deconstruction of structures, policies, practices, norms, and values assumed to be race neutral.”

Source: AAC&U. Step Up and Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides. 15 Apr. 2015.