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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.

Community Service

Students are required to participate in community service in order to graduate.

Adult Degrees

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.

Study Abroad

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.

Online Learning

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

Unique Programs

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.

Financial Aid

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

Ranks 3038th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Greek Life

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.

Student Services

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.

Religious Life

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.

Local Community

The area surrounding the campus contains many attractions, including the McNay Art Museum, the Witte Museum, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Zoo, and the Japanese Tea Gardens.


Well-known University of the Incarnate Word alumni include:

  • Actor Ricard Chaviro
  • CNN Headline News anchor Linda Stouffer
  • Actor Jesse Borrego


  • Campus Community. Home. University of the Incarnate Word. Web. 28 Sept 2011.
  • First Year Residence Halls. Housing. University of the Incarnate Word. Web. 28 Sept 2011.
  • Fiske, Edward B. Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011. Chicago: Sourcebooks, 2010. Print.
  • List of Student Organizations. Student Life. University of the Incarnate Word. Web. 28 Sept 2011.
  • Pope, Loren. Looking Beyond the Ivy League: Finding the College That’s Right for You. New York: Penguin. 2007. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 45th in Texas and 1217th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 4,672 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 89 0.01
Forcible Rape 492 0.04
Robbery 1,785 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 15,334 1.13
Larceny 59,641 4.40
Vehicle theft 5,893 0.43

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near San Antonio, TX 78209
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population40,675 (40,675 urban / N/A rural)
Households18,130 (2.15 people per house)
Median Household Income$46,417
Families9,952 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (education)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District4821

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 682nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $23,800 $23,800 $23,800
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $990 $990 $990
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $785 $785 $785
FT Graduate Tuition $14,130 $14,130 $14,130
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,512 $1,512 $1,512
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $785 $785 $785
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $39,124 $39,124 $39,124
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $37,530 $37,530 $37,530
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $28,980 $28,980 $28,980

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Optometry Degree — Tuition $31,800 $31,800
Optometry Degree — Required Fees $1,680 $1,680
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $32,500 $32,500
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $890 $890

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $22,790 $23,690 $22,790 $23,690 $22,790 $23,690
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,658 $10,094
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,594 $2,946
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,662 $5,862
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,860 $2,946
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,848 $2,946

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$20
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 4,072 (1,469 male / 2,593 female)
Admitted 3,790 (1,346 male / 2,435 female)
Admission rate 93%
First-time Enrollment 1,045 (404 male / 641 female)
FT Enrollment 997 (381 male / 616 female)
PT Enrollment 48 (23 male / 25 female)
Total Enrollment8,685

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southland Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southland Conference

ACT Test Admission

1059th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 37%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

1017th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 83%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 520
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 870 / 1060

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,251
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,080
Board Fee$4,330

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 702nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,426 ($81,453 male / $70,054 female)
Number of FT Faculty 300 (130 male / 170 female)
Number of PT Faculty 711
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $5,243,909

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