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Catholic Profile

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, UIW is the largest Catholic university in the Southwest and the fourth-largest private university in Texas.  


The University’s main campus is located in San Antonio, with a presence in Corpus Christi, Texas; Germany; and Mexico. With over 130 years of tradition, the University of the Incarnate Word is known not only for its academic excellence but also its diversity and personal attention to nearly 10,000 students who call UIW home. 

UIW students enjoy a diversified curriculum and can choose from a variety of interesting and challenging majors. In addition to the traditional course offerings, UIW has developed several new degree programs, including 3-D animation and game design, rehabilitative science, community health education, and statistics. Also known for its prestigious music program, UIW boasts six musical ensembles: Cardinal Chorale, Madrigals, UIW Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra of the Incarnate Word, the UIW Wind Ensemble, and the Cardinal Marching Band. The new Fine Arts Auditorium and complex feature a state-of-the-art recording studio and private practice rooms, as well as concert and recital halls.

UIW offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., and professional programs, including pharmacy, optometry, nursing, and physical therapy. All are rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition that includes a global perspective as well as an emphasis on social justice and community service.

With 70 countries represented on campus, UIW is committed to offering students a global experience. We are a leader in international education, with more than 140 “sister schools” in 44 countries, including Italy, China, Mexico, and Germany.

Incarnate Word has a long-standing tradition of excellence in education taught by world-class professors who bring unique opportunities to the student experience. Through classroom learning, community service, internships, mentors, and nurturing student-faculty relationships, UIW is committed to shaping tomorrow’s leaders today. The low student-faculty ratio of 14:1 fosters close interaction.

Athletics are an important part of life on the UIW campus. UIW boasts 23 teams in 14 different sports. UIW is an NCAA Division I Southland Conference member. Cardinal fever is everywhere!

UIW campus life is inclusive and supportive, with a variety of activities, including academic, social, professional, and Greek organizations. Campus life offers a wide variety of exciting activities and events. There is something for everyone at UIW.

Construction recently began on the new $25 million Student Engagement Center. The state-of-the-art facility will feature administrative offices, a new dining facility, an 800-seat ballroom, and multi-purpose rooms.

At UIW you will know a higher degree of education. For more information on UIW, visit or call 800-749-WORD.