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Admissions Counselors (Freshman, Transfer, Graduate and Doctoral)

Our admissions counselors are here to answer any questions you have about admissions, financial aid, enrollment, degree programs, life at UIW and more. Scroll down to find your personal admissions counselor based on your high school.

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Jessica De La Rosa, Director of Admissions

Jessica De La Rosa

Director of Admissions
Phone: (210) 805-2543

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.

For me, at UIW, the WORD is Connectivity! There are so many opportunities for students to connect with other people on the UIW campus. In the process, you will develop your own connection to the school which will help you as you work toward your academic goals. I tell students all the time: get to know your professors and administrators, get involved, build those lasting relationships. College will be what you make of it; you’ll get out of it what you put in to it—so put your best foot forward! And if you’re not sure where to start, come see me, and I’ll be glad to help you!


Steven Puente, Freshman Admissions Couselor

Steven Puente

Assistant Director of Freshman Admissions
Phone: (210) 805-2542

Steven was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and is a graduate of McCollum High School. In December 2015, he graduated with his Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of the Incarnate Word. He is now pursuing his Master of Business Administration.

For me, at UIW, the WORD is Future! The reason I chose to get my undergraduate degree, specifically from UIW, was to better my future. UIW showed me the dedication they have from the staff and faculty to help me achieve my goals. It’s true, the first key to success starts here, with UIW.

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Freshman Admissions Counselors

Dillon Duke. Freshman admissions counselor

Dillon Duke

Freshman Admissions Counselor
Phone: (210) 805-3558

Dillon is native to San Antonio, Texas and is a class of 2016 graduate from Louis D. Brandeis High School. He graduated from the University of Houston in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications and a minor in Human Resource Management.

For me, at UIW, the WORD is Balance! UIW possesses the best qualities of both a large and a small university. We provide the wide range of academic majors and opportunities as a large university while fostering the small school learning experience. At the end of the day, your university should be one that challenges you as well as one that you’re proud to call home.

  • Allison Steele Enhanced Learning Center
  • Byron P. Steele High School
  • Charlotte ISD
  • Cibolo / Schertz ISD
  • Clemens High School
  • Dilley ISD
  • East Central High School
  • East of San Antonio
  • Falls City High School
  • Floresville ISD
  • Jourdanton High School
  • Judson Early College
  • Judson High School
  • Judson ISD
  • Judson Learning Academy
  • Karnes City High School
  • La Vernia High School
  • Lytle High School
  • New Braunfels
  • New Braunfels Christian Academy
  • Pearsall High School
  • Pleasanton High School
  • Poteet High School
  • Poth High School
  • Randolph High School
  • River City Believers Academy
  • San Marcos Baptist
  • San Marcos High School
  • Seguin High School
  • South of San Antonio
  • Stockdale High School
  • Town East Christian School
  • Veterans Memorial High School
  • Wagner High School

Joey Bernal, freshman admissions counselor

Joey Bernal

Freshman Admissions Counselor
Phone: (210) 805-1242

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.

For me, at UIW, the WORD is Community! From day one, UIW students enter into a tight-knit community that is designed to help them excel both during their time here, as well as beyond. From my first day here, faculty and staff who have been here for a decade treated me as if I was here for as long as they have, and the stories they have told of their students show that everyone really cares.

  • Alamo Heights High School
  • All Private Catholic High Schools
  • Antonian College Preparatory High School
  • Austin / I-35
  • Beaumont
  • Central Catholic High School
  • Central Texas
  • Corpus Christi
  • East Texas
  • Gulf Coast
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Providence High School
  • Incarnate Word High School
  • St. Anthony Catholic High School
  • St. Gerard Catholic High School
  • St. Mary's Hall
  • Waco

Edward Clark

Edward Clark

Freshman Admissions Counselor
Phone: (210) 890-4267

Edward is from Houston, Texas, and he is a graduate of St. Pius X High School. Edward graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Pre-Law and a minor in Communication Arts. He is now pursuing his Master of Arts in Communication Arts with a focus in Corporate and Strategic Communication.

For me, at UIW, the WORD is Diverse. At UIW we embrace diversity. You have the opportunity to meet and learn from people from around the world. During your undergraduate journey, you will find many opportunities to share and learn about new cultures, such as the celebration of Diwali and Asian New Year Festival.

  • Academy of Careers and Technologies Charter High School
  • Achievers Center
  • Atonement Academy
  • Blessed Hope Academy
  • Brandeis High School
  • Brennan High School
  • Business Careers High School
  • Clark High School
  • Comm Arts High School
  • Cornerstone Christian School
  • Edgewood ISD
  • Harlan High School
  • Harmony Science Academy
  • Health Careers High School
  • Holmes High School
  • Houston
  • John Jay High School
  • Legacy Christian Academy (Rainbow Hills Baptist)
  • Marshall High School
  • Medina Valley Independent School District
  • Northside ISD
  • O'Connor High School
  • Our Lady of the Hills College Prep
  • Plano ISD
  • Premier High School of San Antonio West
  • San Antonio ISD
  • San Antonio School for Inquiry
  • South San ISD
  • Southwest ISD
  • Sendero Christian Academy
  • Stevens High School
  • Sunnybrook Christian Academy
  • Taft High School
  • Texas Military Institute
  • Warren High School
  • Winston School

Emmanuel De La Cruz

Emmanuel De La Cruz

Freshman Admissions Counselor
Phone: (210) 890-8986

Emmanuel is a native to San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Central Catholic High School, and he is a proud alumnus of the University of the Incarnate Word class of 2020. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. Emmanuel is currently pursing a Master of Arts in Higher Education.

For me, at UIW, the WORD is Passion. As an alumnus, I found that my experience as a work-study, student and club-sports athlete helped me establish a passion for UIW. The faculty and staff are ready to help students in any way possible, and our student body creates a positive experience for everyone. From our admissions counselors to our diverse student workers, UIW is eager and ready to show you what makes us unique. Our passion for this university and for what we do will automatically make you feel like you belong in the Nest!

  • Brackenridge High School
  • Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering
  • Brooks Collegiate Academy
  • Burbank High School
  • CAST Med High School
  • CAST STEM High School
  • CAST Tech High School
  • Cole (Ft Sam) High School
  • Cooper Academy
  • Del Rio
  • Devine
  • Eagle Pass
  • Edison High School
  • El Paso area high schools
  • Fox Tech High School
  • Frank Madla Early College High School
  • Frank Tejeda Academy
  • Gateway Christian School
  • Harlandale High School
  • Harlandale ISD
  • Harlandale Stem ECHS Palo Alto
  • Healy Murphy High School
  • Henry Ford Academy Alameda School for Art Design
  • Highlands High School
  • IDEA Academy - South Flores
  • IDEA Carver College Preparatory
  • IDEA Eastside College Prep
  • IDEA Monterrey Park College Preparatory
  • IDEA Walzem College Preparatory
  • Jefferson High School
  • Jubilee Academic Center
  • Kennedy High School
  • Keystone School
  • KIPP University Prep High School
  • Lanier High School
  • Laredo
  • Lutheran High School SA
  • McCollum High School
  • Memorial High School
  • Milton B Lee Academy of Science and Engineering
  • Natalia High School
  • Rick Hawkins Charter (School of Excellence)
  • Sam Houston High School
  • Somerset High School
  • South of San Antonio
  • Southside ISD
  • Southside of San Antonio
  • Southwest Legacy High School
  • Southwest of San Antonio
  • St. Philips Early College High School
  • Stacey High School
  • STEM Early College
  • Travis Early College
  • Young Women's Leadership Academy

Transfer and Graduate Admissions Counselors

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Belinda Guajardo

Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions
Phone: (210) 805-3554

Belinda was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and she is a graduate of G.W. Brackenridge High School. She graduated from University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Development, and a minor is Psychology.

For me, at UIW, the WORD is Journey! UIW formulates many endless experiences that become beautiful journeys in our lives. As an alumna of the University of the Incarnate Word, I was presented with a lot of opportunities that helped me grow and thrive. I call this chapter in my life the most wonderful journey I have experienced. You will have the opportunity to add "The Journey of UIW” as a chapter, which is just the beginning! Hold on tight and enjoy!


Limayri Garcia

Limayri Garcia

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: (210) 832-2194

Limayri is from Eagle Pass, Texas and is a graduate of Eagle Pass High School. She graduated from South Texas College with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Development and minor in Secondary Education.

For me, at UIW, the WORD is Success! UIW provides many resources that are easily accessible to students to ensure that their university experience is enjoyable but also rewarding. We want all students to fulfill their goals and accomplish anything that comes their way. Bright futures are made at UIW!

  • All community colleges outside of San Antonio
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Northeast Lakeview College (Alamo Colleges)
  • Northwest Vista College (Alamo Colleges)
  • Palo Alto College (Alamo Colleges)
  • San Antonio College (Alamo Colleges)
  • St. Philip's College (Alamo Colleges)
  • St. Mary's University
  • Texas A&M University San Antonio
  • University of Texas at San Antonio


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Ali Gonzalez

Transfer and Graduate Counselor (Last Name Alpha A-K)
Phone: (210) 805-3550

Ali was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and is a graduate of John B. Alexander High School. Ali is a graduate from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

For me, at UIW, the WORD is Opportunity! The opportunities UIW has to offer are endless. You may find opportunities as a student or as a professional in your chosen career once you are a UIW alum. During your undergraduate journey, you will find many opportunities to be a leader, lend a helping hand and/or build a rapport with your professors, peers and administrators.

Graduate and Doctoral Admissions

Phone: (210) 829-6005

Admissions Staff

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Erica Cortez

Student Orientation Coordinator

Erica is from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in History with Teacher Certification. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership with the UIW School of Professional Studies.

For me, at UIW, the word is: SUPPORT! Here at UIW, everyone is supportive and wants to help you succeed in all of your endeavors. Professors, staff, and students alike are always willing to lend a helping hand in any way they can. If you are ever in need of support, or you know of someone who does, don’t be afraid to ask for help!