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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 state and the third-largest private university in Texas based on global enrollment. 

With committed professors, amazing international opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities, UIW is a leader in developing students who are prepared to take on the world. At UIW students can choose from many interesting and challenging majors. 

Whether your interest is biology, business administration, nursing, cybersecurity, photography, fashion design, education, graphic design, or just about anything else, UIW can prepare you to meet your dreams head on. In all, UIW offers more than 90 undergraduate, graduate, PhD, and professional programs, including Pharmacy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, and Nursing, with the School of Osteopathic Medicine slated to open in fall 2017. With a student-faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 25, students build relationships that extend beyond the classroom. UIW admits qualified applicants on a continual, or rolling, basis throughout the year. 

Students are encouraged to complete their application in a timely fashion, allowing sufficient time to process financial aid awards. Schedule a visit to tour the campus, meet our students and faculty, and take time to ask the important questions. UIW offers direct-admit programs in Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Medicine for highly qualified first-time freshman students. To find out more about specific program requirements, visit the individual schools’ websites.
Student life
Committed to the full development of UIW students, the Division of Student Success welcomes new students and guides them through their educational experience to graduation. Services include peer mentors, first-year engagement, and emerging leaders. Programs are free and work to help incoming students make a successful transition to the University. 

UIW students participate in academic, social, and professional organizations, including Greek life, service, special interests, intramurals, and intercollegiate athletics. UIW is a close-knit community where you are encouraged to get involved!

UIW boasts six musical ensembles, including the Marching Cardinals, as well as majors in Music Performance, Music Education, Music Industry Studies, and Music Therapy.     

UIW is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and a member of the Southland Conference. UIW boasts 21 teams in 14 sports. 

UIW is committed to offering students a global experience, with a diverse student body representing 70 countries. Students are encouraged to grow in their faith and leave with a better sense of self. Committed to serving the needs of others, students volunteer in underserved areas of our community and around the world. UIW is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.