University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX

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Your Journey. Our Mission. 

With 140 years of tradition, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is committed to educational excellence. Located in San Antonio, Texas, UIW is devoted to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our region and our world. Inspired by Catholic Social Teaching, UIW welcomes students of diverse backgrounds from all walks of life. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University instills its core values of education, truth, faith, service and innovation in everyone that forms its community.

At the core of UIW’s Mission is a commitment to social justice and community service through transformative education. With a curriculum designed to broaden the understanding of the needs of the world, students learn to become concerned and enlightened citizens, using their education, talent and skills to create a meaningful impact within the local and global community.

Through programs offered at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional levels across 11 schools and colleges, students prepare for careers in countless industries and fields of study. Students also enjoy a rich University culture and long-held traditions that promote personal growth and community engagement.

While UIW is the largest Catholic university in Texas, small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio allows for students to make life-long, meaningful connections with faculty, staff and peers. In addition, UIW is a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution and Yellow Ribbon School, which counts more than 40,000 alumni all over the globe.

UIW is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.


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Ranked among the best 2021 Best Online Programs for their Bachelor’s Degrees | U.S. News and World Report

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Ranked one of the Best Online Programs for Veterans (Bachelor’s Degree) | U.S. News and World Report

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UIW has been recognized among the 2022 Best Colleges for its Nursing (BSN) program | U.S. News and World Report

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UIW Ranked #41 on the 2022 Best Colleges in the Nation for Social Mobility | U.S. News and World Report

UIW At A Glance

• Largest Catholic University in Texas.

• Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

• 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

• Only NCAA Division I Catholic university in the Southwest.

• Hispanic-Serving Institution with students representing 60 countries.

• UIW has 146 sister schools in over 40 countries.

• First-time freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for academic scholarships up to $20,000 per year upon acceptance to UIW.

• UIW is a Yellow Ribbon School, proudly serving America’s military and veteran student body.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The community is the best thing about UIW. The camaraderie between students, faculty and staff really ties into the UIW mission.”

    • Deanna Netherton, '22
      Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • "I chose UIW because of the amount of inclusion that I felt just being on campus.”

    • Brian Richards, '23
      Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
  • “I decided to attend UIW to pursue my degree because I wanted to stay close to home. I wanted that faith-based foundation that UIW could provide since my Catholic faith is very important to me.”

    • America Sanchez
      Bachelor of Arts in Art and English
  • “My favorite part of attending UIW was the faith aspect of the education; incorporating faith not only into our workload, but being able to attend mass and have bible study was very important to me.”

    • Rebecca Villarreal, '18
      Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies