The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is a private university in San Antonio, Texas. It was founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Today, the campus is located on 154 acres in Alamo Heights, close to downtown San Antonio. UIW has always been and continues to be strongly affiliated with the Catholic Church.
There are branch campuses in both China and Mexico: China Incarnate Word and Centro Universitario Incarnate Word. There are also satellite campuses at the South Texas Medical Center and in Goodyear, Arizona. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
UIW’s academic divisions include the School of Interactive Media and Design; the Christus Santa Rosa Nursing School; the Feik School of Pharmacy; the AT&T Math, Science, and Engineering Center; the H.E.B. School of Business; and the Dreeben School of Education.
Students are required to participate in community service in order to graduate.
The Adult Degree Completion Program offers classes during the evenings and weekends to allow adults with careers and other significant responsibilities to earn their bachelors’ degrees.
UIW has a strong study abroad program, with more than 90 affiliate colleges and universities around the world. Many students choose to spend a semester at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.
UIW participates in the E-Army-U, a cooperative program offering online education to members of the military.
High School Academics
Dual credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.
Most Popular Fields of Study
UIW operates several private schools in the area, including elementary schools St. Anthony’s and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles, and high schools Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School. These schools offer multiple opportunities for the education department students at the university to get practical experience working in their field.
In order to be considered for admission, applicants should have studied English for four years in high school; mathematics for three years, including algebra and geometry; three years of natural science; three years of social science; and one year of fine arts. When evaluating an application, the admissions committee looks at the follow factors (listed in order of importance):
- High school course difficulty
- High school grade point average
- Class rank
- SAT/ACT scores
- Leadership potential
- Extracurricular activities
- Letters of recommendation
Admissions are awarded on a rolling basis. Although there is no official application deadline, prospective students are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible. Most decisions are made within a three-week period.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, UIW offers several of its own need- and merit-based scholarships.
Student Financial Aid Details
Clubs and Organizations
There are dozens of student organizations on the UIW campus to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. Groups include Cardinal Chorale, Nuclear Scientists’ Association, Fashion Society, Meteorology Club, Catholic Daughters of America, Humane Humans, Student Veterans’ Association, and several Honors and multicultural groups. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters. The student newspaper is Logos and the literary magazine is Quirk.
Fraternity and sorority life are an important facet of campus life at UIW. Greek organizations include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, Delta Beta Chi Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Delta Zi Nu Colony, Chi Phi Fraternity, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, and Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity.
Living and Dining on Campus
There are eight dormitories on campus featuring a variety of living accommodations, including some single rooms and apartments. All residences are wired for cable, telephone service, and Internet service. They all feature lounge areas and laundry facilities. Dormitories with accommodations for first-year students include Colbert Hall, Dubuis Hall, Clement Hall, Agnese/Sosa Living and Learning Center, and Joeris Residence Hall. First-year students are not allowed to have alcohol in the residences and have limited visitation. There are four dining locations on campus, including Marian Hall Café, Hortencia’s Café, Java on the Hill, and Finnegan’s Coffee Shop.
The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.
The chapel at UIW hosts services in English Monday through Thursday at noon, and in Spanish on Fridays at noon. There are masses on Sundays at 10:30 in the morning and at 8 in the evening. The chapel is open for confession on Fridays at 11:30 AM or by appointment.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
The athletic department at UIW is known as the Cardinals. The Cardinals compete in NCAA Division II and the Heartland Conference. Men’s sports include soccer, cross country, swimming and diving, track and field, basketball, basketball, golf, and football. Women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, synchronized swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
Well-known University of the Incarnate Word alumni include:
- Actor Ricard Chaviro
- CNN Headline News anchor Linda Stouffer
- Actor Jesse Borrego
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