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Undergrad 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 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, cyber security, 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, and Pharmacy for highly qualified first-time freshman students. To find out more about specific program requirements, visit the individual schools’ websites.
Big city, small community
UIW’s private, quaint 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 aculturally diverse city with many
attractions like the River Walk, the Alamo, SeaWorld, and Fiesta Texas. Events like Fiesta® and the Stock Show
and Rodeo give this big city a small-town feel.
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 Cardinal Marching band, 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 13 sports.

Eleven student dormitories feature single, double, and triple living accommodations. A new apartment complex was added in 2015. 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 to students 24/7, with emergency phones located throughout campus to ensure your living experience is a safe one. Our goal is to provide you with the safest and most comfortable living experience possible.
Financial aid
Approximately 99% of UIW first-time freshman students receive financial assistance. In fact, more than $167 million is awarded 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
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 142 “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.




— Academic Programs —

• 3-D Animation & 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