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Undergrad Profile

The Universe is Yours™

Why UIW?
Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, UIW is the largest Catholic university in the state and the fourth-largest private university in Texas. With more than 130 years of tradition, Incarnate Word is known not only for its academic excellence but its diversity and personal attention to nearly 11,000 students who call UIW home. 

Come visit, meet us, and let us open up a world of opportunity for you.

At UIW students can choose from a variety of interesting and challenging majors, such as biology, business administration, nursing, rehabilitative science, education, vision science, education, or graphic design. UIW boasts six musical ensembles, including the Cardinal Marching band, as well as majors in music performance, music education, music industry studies, and music therapy. 

In all, UIW offers almost 90 undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., and professional programs, including pharmacy, optometry, nursing practice, and physical therapy. With a student-faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 25, students build relationships that extend beyond the classroom.

Study abroad 
UIW is committed to offering students a global experience, with a diverse student body representing 70 countries. We are a leader in international education, with 140 “sister schools” in 44 countries, including Italy, Mexico, and Germany. In addition, UIW has two campuses in Mexico and a European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany. Find out more at

UIW admits qualified applicants (including first-time freshman, transfer, and graduate applications) on a continual, or rolling, basis throughout the year for fall, spring, and summer semesters. 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.

Learn more about the admission process and complete your GoUIW account at

Direct-admit options
UIW offers direct-admit programs in nursing, optometry, and pharmacy for highly qualified first-time freshman students. To find out more about specific program requirements, visit the individual schools’ websites.

Financial aid
Approximately 95% of UIW students receive financial assistance, with more than $150 million spent annually in gift aid, work-study, grants, and loans.  

You can access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms, along with the academic scholarship estimator, online at


UIW is a new member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and a member of the Southland Conference. UIW boasts 23 teams in 14 sports.  

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

Ten student dormitories feature single-, double-, and triple-living accommodations. A brand-new apartment complex was added in spring 2015 for all upperclassmen. A professional staff of administrators, graduate hall advisors, and resident assistants are available to students 24 hours a day. All campus residences are wired for the Internet and provide basic cable and telephone service. Campus police are available 24/7, with emergency phones located throughout campus to ensure your living experience is a safe one. Our goal is to provide our students the most enjoyable and comfortable living experience possible.

Student success
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. To find out how we can guide you to success, visit

Vibrant community
UIW’s 154-acre campus is located near downtown San Antonio in the charming Alamo Heights area. Within a few blocks you can find the San Antonio Zoo, the Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park, quaint shops, and great restaurants. San Antonio is a culturally diverse city with many attractions like the River Walk, the Alamo, SeaWorld, and Fiesta Texas. Events like Fiesta®, the Stock Show and Rodeo, and the Texas Folklife Festival give this big city the feel of a small-town community. In addition to the ideal campus location, committed professors, amazing international opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities, the University of the Incarnate Word is a leader in developing students who are prepared to take on the world.

For additional information or to arrange a campus visit, call the University of the Incarnate Word Office of Admissions.

At UIW you will know opportunity.




• Average tuition and fees per year = $25,900
• Room and board per year = $11,364
• 140 “sister schools” in 44 countries and regions 
• More than $150 million awarded annually in gift aid, work-study, grants, and loans

At UIW you will know success. 

Academic Programs
• 3-D Animation & Game Design
• Accounting
• Actuarial Science (minor)
• All-Level Certification with Specialized Teaching Fields
• Art
• Art History (minor)
• Athletic Training
• Bilingual Communication Arts
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Broadcast Meteorology
• Chemistry
• Communication Arts
• Community Health Education
• Computer Information Systems
• Convergent Media
• Criminal Justice
• Cultural Studies
• Economics
• Elementary Certification with Interdisciplinary Studies major
• Engineering
• English
• Environmental Science
• Fashion Design
• Fashion Management
• Finance
• Financial Planning
• General Business
• Geology (minor)
• Governmental & International Affairs
• Graphic Design
• History
• Interior Environmental Design
• International Business
• International Economics
• Journalism
• Kinesiology
• Management
• Management Information Systems
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Media Production
• Media Studies
• Meteorology
• Modern Languages
• Music
• Music Education
• Music Industry Studies
• Music Therapy
• Nuclear Medicine Science
• Nursing
• Nutrition
• Philosophy
• Photography (minor)
• Physics (minor)
• Political Economy
• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-engineering
• Pre-law
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-veterinary Science
• Professional Golf Management
• Psychology
• Rehabilitative Science
• Religious Studies
• Secondary Certification
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Speech Communication
• Sport Management
• Statistics
• Theatre Arts
• Vision Science
• Women & Gender Studies (minor)