Welcome to the University of the Incarnate Word

Your Journey. Our Mission.

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), located in San Antonio, Texas, is committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our region and our world. Inspired by Judeo-Christian values, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching, UIW welcomes all persons of diverse backgrounds. 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.

Discover the many ways UIW helps students achieve academic success and spiritual and personal growth.

Why UIW?

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Largest Catholic university in Texas


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Hours of community service performed by the Class of 2020.

Catholic Scholarship

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First-time freshman students are automatically considered for academic scholarships as part of their application. These scholarships are awarded based on high school GPA.

Freshman Academic Scholarships range between $5,000 - $20,000 per year, and are renewable for up to four years.

UIW offers an additional $2,000 per year scholarship for any student graduating from a Catholic high school. There is not a separate application for this award.

No additional application required. Accepted students graduating from Catholic high schools will automatically receive the Catholic High School Scholarship.

Find more information about scholarships here.

Know Your Admissions Counselors

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Jessica De La Rosa

Director of Admissions

Jessica was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and is a product of Catholic school education from kindergarten through high school. In 2003, she moved to San Antonio and began her career working with both high school and college students in education. In December 2015, she graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a master’s degree in Organizational Development.

Jessica recruits from:

  • Incarnate Word High School
  • St. Anthony Catholic High School

Connect with Jessica here.

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Joey Bernal

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Joey was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated from Central Catholic High School. He graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2018.

Joey recruits from:

  • Antonian College Preparatory High School
  • Central Catholic High School
  • Central Texas area high schools
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Providence Catholic School
  • Saint Mary's Hall
  • St. Gerard's Catholic High School
  • St. Philips Early College High School

Connect with Joey here.

Religious Programs at UIW

Religious Studies Program

A major in Religious Studies is recommended both for students interested in religious education and/or church ministry, and for those wishing to augment their academic background in the area to support the liberal arts dimension of their chosen professional career (e.g., law, medical, business).

Learn more about the Religious Studies program here.

Pastoral Ministry Program

The church needs well-trained women and men to serve in parishes, chaplaincies and in other ministry roles. The Pastoral Institute and UIW have several programs that serve this need. For students considering a position in ministry, UIW offers quality education and preparation to serve in ministry.

Learn more about the Pastoral Ministry program here. 

Community Service

Students are required to complete 45 hours of community service in order to graduate. The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability (ECCLS) has been helping students connect with the community since 2013.

Learn more about community service here.

UIW Mission and Ministry

The purpose of the University Mission and Ministry is to make visible and tangible the Incarnate Word of God in the University. We do this by engaging university life through prayer, liturgy, outreach, faith development and pastoral care. 

Learn more about UIW Mission and Ministry here.

Prayer and Worship

UIW Mission and Ministry shares a number of resources online, including livestreamed Masses, Sunday Morning Prayers (Liturgy of the Word) at 11 a.m. and Sunday Night Live Contemplative Prayers at 8 p.m., as well as various other prayers – rosaries, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Liturgy of the Hours and more.

Find more ways to worship here.

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UIW’s Catholicity compels us to honor and promote a culture of respectful encounter that includes and invites all to contribute, in honesty and truth, to our ongoing dialogue among ourselves and with the world.
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Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI

Vice President for UIW Mission and Ministry

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