Criminal Justice

UTSA Criminal Justice Summer Camp

The UTSA Criminal Justice Summer Camp offers rising high school juniors and seniors a week-long, hands-on learning experience to discover what its like to be a criminal justice professional.

Participants share about their experiences at camp:

“The camp taught us what it is really like to be a policy officer. A lot of their work involves serving the community.”

“I’m really glad I did the camp. Even if I decided to focus on another subject, there are still ways for me to apply it to a criminal justice career.”

“We went into a gun vault at the FBI building and saw so many guns and ballistic vests. It was amazing!”

“The Criminal Justice Camp was definitely an unforgettable experience. My daughter thought each day was interesting and the camp provided real world experiences and not just lecture.”

Highlights from 2018 Summer Camp. Click to see video.

2017 Criminal Justice Summer Camp videos

Program Brochure

UTSA Criminal Justice Summer Camp in the news!

Benefits of the program:

  • Campers learn how to become detectives for a day by investigating a mock crime scene or examining fingerprints.
  • Unlike any other criminal justice summer program, our campers have the opportunity to tour the FBI facility which is closed to the general public.
  • College of Public Policy faculty with years of experience in their chosen field instruct students on topics such as the criminal justice process, criminal law, and crime scene investigation.
  • Campers learn a basic understanding of crime and justice as well as the roles of the police, courts and corrections.
  • The last session of the camp focuses on restorative justice, a strategy of the criminal justice system that centers on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with the victims and the community.

Camp details and eligibility:

  • Eligible students: Rising high school juniors and seniors (entering a junior or senior status in the fall).
  • Participants must be 16 – 18 years of age at the time of the designated camp session.
  • Camp usually held each June for a week (Monday – Friday) from 9am-3pm each day.
  • The camp fee for the week is $250.00. Fee includes lunch a t-shirt.

Application information:

  • Check back with us in Spring 2019 for the next camp application.
  • A complete application packet will include:
    • Student Application
    • Student Personal Statement
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Mature Content and Release Form
    • Medical Release Form
    • UTSA Photo, Video and Comment Release Form
    • Camp Payment Form
  • Scan or email the completed application to
    • Or mail the completed application with payment to the following address:
      • The University of Texas at San Antonio
      • Downtown Campus
      • Department of Criminal Justice
      • 501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
      • Durango Building, Room 4.112
      • San Antonio, TX 78207

Contact for questions or concerns:

  • Robert Rico, Criminal Justice Faculty & Camp Coordinator
  • Rhonda Johnson, Administrative Associate II for the Department of Criminal Justice
  • 210.458.2535