When students start college, they often feel pressured not only to know right away which major they will choose, but also to have a long-term career plan already. At the University of the Incarnate Word, we want you to know that it's okay if you don't have your whole life mapped out. Whether you have no idea what you want to do or you think you know but want to consider other possibilities before making a decision, UIW is a great place to be. With over 40 undergraduate programs to choose from, you will have plenty of options to explore. At UIW, the universe is yours.
The First Year Engagement office provides support to first year students and assistswith the transition from high school to college. The First Year Engagement office offers a series of workshops to help students adjust to college life and address issues including time management, study skills, test taking, financial responsibility, campus resources, and campus involvement. As an undecided/undeclared student, you will work with a Student Success advisor experienced in guiding students through the process of selecting a major. A student peer mentor assigned by the First Year office will also guide you through orientation and your first year.
The Office of Career Services and Professional Development provides career counseling and assessment to further assist you in finding a major and career field that match your skills and interests. When the time is right, they will also help you secure internships in your chosen major, assist with resume development, and provide interviewing tips so you gain the confidence you need to enter today's work force.
At UIW, we focus on development of the whole person. Every student takes a set of courses called the Core Curriculum, which is designed to help students grow intellectually and spiritually. These courses range from philosophy to science, composition to math. Through the Core, students have the opportunity to build numerous transferable skills, such as writing and critical thinking, which will be valued in a wide variety of career fields. The Core also has built-in electives, giving you additional chances to try out different subject areas that interest you. No matter which major you ultimately choose, your Core courses still count toward your degree
First Year Students:
Raul Zendejas, Director of First Year Engagement and Professional Development
Moises Torrescano, Director of University Advising Center