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University of the Incarnate Word

One of the leading comprehensive universities in Texas, the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio strives to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens with values developed in a Judeo-Christian tradition.



In 1881 the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word founded Incarnate Word College as a center of higher education for young women. The college was admitted to membership in the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1919, and joined the Texas Association of Colleges as a senior college in 1920. Incarnate Word College became the University of the Incarnate Word in 1996.


UIW offers 80 undergraduate and graduate fields of study, including the Ph.D. in Education and doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.), optometry (OD), nursing practice (DNP), physical therapy (DPT) and business administration (DBA). UIW is one of twenty universities in the U.S. with an optometry program, while the pharmacy school is the only one in Texas at a private university. In fall, 2017, the School of Osteopathic Medicine will welcome its first class of students to a new facility at Brooks City Base.


The Office of Research Development serves as the hub for UIW's Institutional Review Board, clinical trial registration, responsible conduct of research, and university research policy operations. We conduct on-demand training as needed and will always gladly review proposals and active projects for continued compliance.


Career Services & Professional Development is committed to providing career counseling and education to all students and alumni in all UIW programs. The services offered include, but are not limited to, individual career counseling, personality and career assessment, resume and cover letter review, career related workshops, and software resources. In addition, we host a number of on-campus employer events each semester.


Student services

The purpose of the university's International Affairs division is to support the Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word's commitment to a global perspective in our efforts to serve international students. As an institution, we welcome international students of diverse backgrounds to our community in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.

As in the university's overall mission, the International Affairs division is open to thoughtful innovation that serves ever more effectively the spiritual and material needs of its international students.

Housing services

On-campus housing is a very popular option, especially among first-year students. As soon as you are a confirmed student, you are encouraged to submit your housing application. Priority for room selection will be based on the date your housing deposit is received.The University of the Incarnate Word offers a number of options to accommodate all lifestyles on our campus.

However, if you're looking for housing options beyond the diverse selection of our residence hall communities, you may utilize the resources on the website for extended options. Students who qualify for aid can use their financial assistance options for on or off campus housing.

Library services

The University of the Incarnate Word Libraries actively participate in the life of the university. The libraries support the university’s academic programs with materials, instruction, and technology that advance the intellectual development of its students and the scholarship activities of its faculty.

ICT services

Call the Help Desk or submit a ticket when you have technical troubles or need service with:

  • Computer hardware
  • Software
  • Email
  • Blackboard
  • MyWord
  • Username and password
  • Classroom technology
  • Meeting room technology
  • Network and more

Medical services

The Campus Health Center provides basic health services that focus on primary prevention care, health education and counseling, care for acute minor illnesses and injuries, and the maintenance of health records and assistance with the university insurance plan.

Student Life

Campus life

UIW's well tended grounds, trees, blooming flowers, and classic architecture, provide a comfortable environment to study, think, and just hang out with friends. Students can enjoy a meal with new friends at one of UIW's four great on-campus dining locations. Marian Hall Café, Hortencia's Café, Java on the Hill, and Finnegan's Coffee Shop feature a wide variety of hot meals, pizza, soups, sandwiches, desserts, and even Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks Coffee. Students can use cash, credit cards, or even purchase a meal plan that can be used at any of the on-campus dining locations.

Sports facilities

The University of the Incarnate Word Sports and Wellness department consists of the Richard and Jane Cervera Wellness Center, the Ann Barshop Natatorium and the Henrich Center for Fencing and International Sports as well as the intramural sport department and the club sport department. The purpose of the UIW Sports and Wellnesss is to enrich the lives of the UIW community through fitness, wellness and athletic participation and competition opportunities. UIW students and staff are eligible to compete in intramural sports, while club sports are generally reserved for UIW students. As part of the UIW Mission we extend membership opportunities to the local community.

Student clubs

This is your university. It is you, the students, who give your university its unique character and identity. This personality is reflected in the many student groups and activities found on campus. Membership is your ticket to an insider's view to this wonderfully diverse student population. Joining an organization actually brings many benefits:

  • Development of leadership skills
  • Practical hands-on experience
  • Planning of campus events
  • Preparation for life's challenges
  • Sharing of common interests and experiences
  • Lasting friendships


The University of the Incarnate Word is accredited to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It also is accredited by the Texas Education Agency, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing, the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, the American Music Therapy Association and more.

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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