University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas
University of the Incarnate Word was established in 1881 by three determined Catholic women who were committed to the service of others in the name of God. Having opened San Antonio’s first hospital to care for the victims of a cholera epidemic, Sisters Madeleine Chollet, Pierre Chinquin, and Agnes Buisson extended their care to the orphaned children in the surrounding area. They soon established San Antonio’s for homes for children, which led to the founding of an elementary and secondary school that would eventually become the University of the Incarnate Word.
In all of their endeavors, the sisters proved their commitment to God and service to others, a tradition lives on in the students, faculty, and staff at Incarnate Word. The spirit of Christian service manifests in the university through teaching, scholarship, research, and artistic expression by promoting academic excellence within the context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. Through a comprehensive liberal arts education, students are educated wholly and are prompted to develop values of lifelong learning.
Get to know University of the Incarnate Word
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Music ensembles
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
FIRST-YEAR ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
The First-Year Engagement Office is dedicated to promoting the success of every Incarnate Word freshman, helping them locate and utilize campus resources that will support them throughout their education. Students begin to understand that they are the stewards of their education and thus adopt habits of self-responsibility and awareness. And, with the friendly guidance of orientation leaders, they develop time-management and study skills, make a confident major selection, and connect with a savvy peer mentor.
A tradition since 2008, Incarnate Word’s Research Week invites students to participate in a week-long celebration of academic scholarship. Faculty, staff, and students are all encouraged to give presentations, demonstrations, and lectures in the following categories: posters, podium presentations, performing arts presentations, visual arts presentations, and service-learning presentations.
Incarnate Word encourages all students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Whether through a faculty-led trip or a semester at one of the university’s 100 sister schools, students reap the benefits of experiential learning, career advancement, and exposure to different people and cultures.
The Student Support Services at UIW is a federally funded TRiO program, which provides academic support and leadership development at no cost to students. The program is designed to give particularly helpful service and support to first-generation or low-income students as they work toward graduation.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 336 | 10-19: 453 | 20-29: 343
30-39: 42 | 40-49: 21 | 50-99: 18 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 7%
White, non-Hispanic: 19%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 8%
With over 90 majors, minors, and concentrations, Incarnate Word academics are comprehensive and diverse. All passions are welcome to thrive.
At the center of the undergraduate educational experience is the core curriculum, an integrated and sequenced course of study founded on the principles of a liberal arts education. Students study rhetoric, philosophy, theology, literature, arts, mathematics, history, and the natural and social sciences. Incarnate Word strives to educate the whole person—body, mind, emotions, and spirit—an effort best achieved through such a comprehensive core curriculum.
Incarnate Word students have big ideas worth sharing. That’s why all students are prepared to enter the workforce and beyond as effective communicators. The university believes that students must learn how to think critically and communicate effectively. With that in mind, the core curriculum emphasizes writing ability with mandatory rhetoric and composition courses.
Students are encouraged to further exemplify Incarnate Word’s values by participating in service-learning opportunities. Rooted in the value of service to others, these opportunities allow students to learn while giving back to the surrounding community. One example of perspective-enhancing service includes the Honors Program’s social justice trips to McAllen and El Paso, which steep students in the issues at the U.S.-Mexico border.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Exchange student program (domestic)
Teacher certification program
Located in the dynamic, bustling city of San Antonio, Texas, the University of the Incarnate Word invites students to make a home on its beautiful campus. UIW’s community is engaging, inclusive, and fun.
In a Learning Community, students enroll in two or more classes together to create a community of learners. These communities foster meaningful relationships among students and impart valuable team-building and leadership skills.
The Campus Engagement office provides cultural, social, and recreational programs for students. There’s always something happening on campus to help students make memories, cultivate meaningful relationships, and develop leadership skills.
Incarnate Word is made unique by the contributions of each student. Their individuality is reflected in the many student organizations that make campus a fun and inspiring place to be. Students can choose from academic, honorary, professional, special interest, or university sponsored organizations and make friends and gain valuable experience.
The Greek community at Incarnate Word is committed to upholding the university’s mission of academic excellence, service, and brotherhood and sisterhood.
The University of the Incarnate Word has been seated in the front row to witness San Antonio’s fast-paced, inspiring evolution over the years. Today, the city has grown to be the second largest in Texas with the fastest-growing economy in the nation. Students learn and grow a city known for its unparalleled diversity, cultural richness, and economic prosperity.
Driven, talented team players are encouraged to participate in Incarnate Word’s NCAA Division I sports. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, and football. Women’s sports include golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Go Cardinals!
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 42%
Campus housing options.
Special housing for disabled students
Special housing for international students
STUDENT SUCCESS SERVICES
Rooted in the Incarnate Word traditions of service, academic excellence, and development of the whole person, the Student Success Services office is committed to helping students at every stage of their academic career.
UNIVERSITY ADVISING CENTER
As its name suggests, the University Advising Center (UAC) is designed to help students make the most of their Incarnate Word education. UAC can aid in anything from major selection to GPA calculation.
The Career Services department is there to help students and alumni in their career exploration and development. Available services include career counseling, personality and career assessment, résumé and cover letter review, and programs to assist with post graduation success. Students also enjoy connections to regional employers to enhance internship and job opportunities.
The University of the Incarnate Word is one of the leading comprehensive universities in Texas with a mission to educate women and men to be enlightened citizens of the world. Students are supported and inspired at every step of their journey as Cardinals—one that begins and that begins with admission. The Office of Admissions is ready to answer any questions one may have.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Interview | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities | First generation | Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work | Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 580
25th Percentile: 470 | 75th Percentile: 560
25th Percentile: 16 | 75th Percentile: 22
25th Percentile: 16 | 75th Percentile: 22
25th Percentile: 15 | 75th Percentile: 22
Tuition & Cost
Incarnate Word strives to make its world-class education as accessible and affordable as possible; 95% of students receive some kind of financial aid.
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