University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX

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Be Your Best Possible Self at UIW

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University of the Incarnate Word is the largest Catholic university and the fourth-largest private university in Texas based on global enrollment. With committed professors, international opportunities, and state-of-the-art facilities, UIW is a leader in developing students who are prepared to take on the world.  

UIW offers more than 90 undergraduate, graduate, PhD, and professional programs, including Pharmacy, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Osteopathic Medicine. 

Academics and student life
UIW students enjoy small classes from a leader in international education with over 140 sister schools in more than 40 countries.

UIW offers direct admit options for highly qualified first-time freshmen that lead to advanced degrees in Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Optometry, or Osteopathic Medicine. The Direct Admit Health Professions Program provides provisional admission into one of the University’s professional programs for top-performing Texas high school students. For more information about the program and qualification, please visit

UIW’s campus life offers many options to choose from, including academic, social, and professional organizations. There is always something fun to do at UIW.

School of Nursing and Health Professions
For more than a century, UIW has been a leader in nursing excellence and student-centered education. Graduates are prepared to deliver health care for diverse populations and will provide leadership in the changing health care environment. The Nuclear Medicine program is the only baccalaureate program in Texas. 

School of Pharmacy
The Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP) is the only private school of pharmacy in Texas. Students earn professional doctoral degrees with an option to follow a Spanish-Language track, which gives them an advantage in today’s marketplace. The Pre-pharmacy curriculum is a rigorous two-year preparatory program designed to prepare students to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD).

School of Optometry
The UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry offers outstanding professional preparation. UIWRSO’s strong curriculum covers all aspects of optometry, and the outstanding faculty are renowned for their expertise in optometric patient care. Students will be challenged to master optics, vision science, the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, and the care of patients who present complex medical conditions while always remembering that they are caring for the whole person. UIWRSO challenges students to become compassionate doctors and leaders in their communities. UIWRSO is one of only two optometry schools in the country associated with a faith-based institution. 

School of Physical Therapy
The School of Physical Therapy educates physical therapists who, through skilled, reflective, holistic patient-centered practice and scholarly activities, optimize movement and wellness for the common good of society. UIW has a partnership with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System Rehabilitation Services to offer outpatient services to the public. It is a one-of-a-kind clinic designed to incorporate high-quality patient care with top-tier teaching and research provided by UIW. The clinic combines direct patient care delivery with real-time student learning.

School of Osteopathic Medicine
UIWSOM empowers all members of the medical education community to achieve academic, professional, and personal success and develop a commitment to lifelong learning through excellence. The development and application of osteopathic principles of medicine across four years of physician training will promote culturally, linguistically, and community responsive care for all patients to enhance patient safety and improve patient outcomes. UIWSOM incorporates an individualized rolling admission process.



#1 Largest Catholic University in Texas


#1 Faith-based University conferring Bachelor's degrees to Hispanics


Best Online Colleges in Texas for 2023 |


Named a Best College in several categories, including Social Mobility, Nursing (BSN) Programs, Bachelor's programs, and Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report 2022

Undergraduate Programs in
Health Professions

• Biochemistry, BS
• Biology, BA and BS
• Community Health Education, BS
• Health Sciences, BS
• Kinesiology, BS
• Nuclear Medicine Science, BS
• Nursing, BSN
• Nutrition, BS
• Pharmacy, Pre-pharmacy Track
• Healthcare Sciences, BS
• Vision Science, BS

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