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Catholic Profile

Be Your Best Possible Self at UIW

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, UIW is the largest Catholic university in Texas and the fourth-largest private university in the state. With committed professors, amazing international opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities, UIW leads the way in developing students prepared to take on the world. 

UIW offers many interesting and challenging majors designed to develop leaders prepared to meet their dreams head on. The University offers more than 90 undergraduate programs in fields such as biology, business administration, nursing, cybersecurity, photography, fashion design, education, graphic design, and many more. UIW fosters professional pathways to graduate, PhD, and professional programs, including pharmacy, optometry, physical therapy, nursing, and osteopathic medicine. 

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. Prospective students are advised to complete their application in a timely fashion, ensuring sufficient time to process financial aid awards. This allows time to schedule a visit to tour the campus, meet our students and faculty, and 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 Health Professions website at 

Student life
Committed to overall development, UIW’s 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. The University boasts six musical ensembles, including the Marching Cardinals, and 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.

With a beautiful main campus in the heart of San Antonio’s Alamo Heights, UIW has locations throughout San Antonio, and Central and South Texas; two campuses in Mexico; and a European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany. UIW is a leader in international education, with 140 “sister schools” in 44 countries and a diverse student body representing 70 countries. At UIW, students are encouraged to grow in their faith and leave the University 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 sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.



Academic Programs

• 3D Animation and Game Design
• Accounting
• All-Level Certification with Specialized Teaching Fields
• Art
• Asian Studies
• Bilingual Communication Arts
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Biology (Pre-pharmacy)
• Broadcast Meteorology
• Chemistry
• Chemistry (Pre-pharmacy)
• Communication Arts
• Community Health Education
• Computer Information Systems
• Cyber Security
• Convergent Media
• Criminal Justice
• Cultural Studies
• Design, Media, and Technology
• Economics
• Elementary Certification with Interdisciplinary Studies major
• Engineering
• English
• Environmental Science
• Fashion Design
• Fashion Management
• Finance
• Financial Planning
• General Business
• Government
• Graphic Design
• History
• Interior Design
• International Affairs
• International Business
• International Economics
• Journalism
• Kinesiology
• Management
• Management Information Systems
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Media Production
• Media Studies
• Meteorology
• Music
• Music Composition
• Music Education
• Music Industry Studies
• Music Therapy
• Nuclear Medicine Science
• Nursing
• Nutrition
• Pastoral Ministry
• Philosophy
• 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
• Sport Management
• Statistics
• Theatre Arts
• Vision Science