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University of Incarnate World

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About University of Incarnate World

One of the leading comprehensive universities in Texas, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio strives to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens with values developed in a Judeo-Christian tradition. In 1881 the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word founded Incarnate Word College as a center of higher education for young women. The college was admitted to membership in the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1919, and joined the Texas Association of Colleges as a senior college in 1920. The Graduate Studies division was established in 1950. Male students were first admitted into the college's undergraduate programs in 1970. Incarnate Word College became the University of the Incarnate Word in 1996. Today, UIW is a Hispanic-Serving Institution under federal guidelines. 

UIW has an enrollment of 9,188 students, an increase from 3,702 in 2000. It’s the largest Catholic university in Texas and the fourth-largest private university in the state. The enrollment reflects the diversity of South Texas, as more than 60 percent of the students are from racial or ethnic minority groups. UIW is ranked No. 1 nationally among faith-based universities in the conferring of bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics by the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, and No. 6 nationally among all private, not-for-profit universities. International students comprise 14% of the student body, and they represent over 70 countries. Seventy-five percent of the students depend upon financial aid. A majority of the students are first-generation college attendees. 

UIW offers 80 undergraduate and graduate fields of study, including the Ph.D. in Education and doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.), optometry (OD), nursing practice (DNP), physical therapy (DPT) and business administration (DBA). UIW is one of twenty universities in the U.S. with an optometry program, while the pharmacy school is the only one in Texas at a private university. In athletics, UIW is a member of the Division 1 Southland Conference. UIW fielded its first football team in 2009, which plays in Benson Stadium, named after New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson. 

Campus information

With a student-to-faculty classroom ratio of 14:1, UIW is a wireless campus that provides students with an environment that encourages excellence in academics. As part of its international efforts, UIW has agreements for reciprocal education with 123 universities in 40 countries. It also operates academic sites in Mexico City, Mexico, and Heidelberg, Germany. 

UIW's well tended grounds, trees, blooming flowers, and classic architecture, provide a comfortable environment to study, think, and just hang out with friends. Students can enjoy a meal with new friends at one of UIW's four great on-campus dining locations. Marian Hall Café, Hortencia's Café, Java on the Hill, and Finnegan's Coffee Shop feature a wide variety of hot meals, pizza, soups, sandwiches, desserts, and even Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks Coffee. Students can use cash, credit cards, or even purchase a meal plan that can be used at any of the on-campus dining locations.

University of the Incarnate Word is located near the heart of downtown San Antonio in the beautiful Alamo Heights area. Brackenridge Park, the San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Gardens, Witte Museum of History and Natural Science, and the McNay Art Museum are all close by.

The beautiful 154-acre campus itself is an academic oasis for learning and growth. Students enjoy the picturesque campus adorned with oak and pecan trees, and the headwaters of the San Antonio River, a natural spring at the heart of the UIW Main Campus. The waters of the San Antonio River flow through University of the Incarnate Word as well.


On-campus housing is a very popular option, especially among first-year students. As soon as you are a confirmed student, you are encouraged to submit your housing  application. Priority for room selection will be based on the date your housing deposit is received.

Some residence halls are more popular with returning  students than others, so the number of available spaces for new students will vary by hall. For upper-class housing, returning residence hall students will have priority in the room  assignment process. First year students will have the opportunity to select their room during the application process. Any students who have applied for housing, but miss the opportunity for room selection, will have their room assigned by the Office of Residence Life according to room availability and the room preferences designated on the housing application.

If you prefer to live with a specific person, please search for them by screen name during the Roommate Selection Step of the housing application process. Roommates may need to be broken up  if there are no rooms  available to accommodate the request. 

*Please note that a room cannot be selected in the housing application process  until the $225 housing deposit has been received and proof of the meningitis immunization has been submitted.


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Accounting & Finance 2 Business, Management 5 Computer Science, IT 1 Education and Teaching 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 1


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