Criminology & Criminal Justice

UTSA Criminal Justice Summer Camp
July 15-19, 2019
We are no longer accepting applications.
Once we have reviewed all applications and processed payments, acceptance letters with instructions will be sent out via U.S. mail or email.

Our apologies for the delay. We have had a greater than anticipated amount of applications submitted this year.


The UTSA Criminal Justice Summer Camp offers rising high school juniors and seniors a week-long, hands-on learning experience to discover what it’s 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 police 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


UTSA Criminal Justice Summer Camp in the news!

Benefits of the program:

  • Campers learn a basic understanding of crime and justice as well as the roles of the police, courts and corrections from UTSA Criminal Justice faculty.
  • 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.
  • Planned visits include the FBI Office, SAPD Headquarters, and the Bexar County Courthouse.

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 held during the summer for a week (Monday – Friday) from 9am-3pm each day.
  • The camp fee for the week is $250.00. Fee includes lunch and a t-shirt

Application information:

2019 Summer Camp Application

  • A complete application packet will include:
    • Student Application
    • Student Personal Statement
    • Mature Content and Release Form
    • Medical Release Form
    • UTSA Photo, Video and Comment Release Form
    • Camp Payment Form
    • Deadline to apply is May 31, 2019

How to send application:

  • 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:

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

Criminal Justice camp participants at FBI