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

Jessica De La Rosa

Director of Admissions
Phone: (210) 805-2543
  • About Jessica:

    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.

  • A word from Jessica:

    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!

  • Jessica recruits from:

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

Oscar Salazar

Oscar Salazar

Senior Admissions Counselor - Freshman 
Phone: (210) 805-3098

  • About Oscar:

    Oscar was born and raised in Cotulla, Texas, and he is a graduate of Cotulla High School. In December of 2014, he graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. He is now pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education.

  • A word from Oscar:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Involvement! At UIW, the opportunities to get involved are endless! As a student at UIW, I was heavily involved in the UIW community and worked with several offices across campus. This allowed me to take on leadership roles in diverse groups and organizations, and it also allowed me to participate in study abroad trips to England, Spain, France, and Germany. I was able to make connections, develop professional relationships, and make long-lasting friendships. Not only does getting involved look good on a resume, but it also allows for a vast amount of networking opportunities. Thanks to UIW and its focus on growth, all students can make their college experience unique and fulfilling.

  • Oscar recruits from:

    • Alamo Heights
    • Antonian College Preparatory High School
    • Central Catholic High School
    • Holy Cross High School
    • Providence Catholic School
    • Rio Grande Valley area high schools
    • St. Gerard's Catholic High School
    • Saint Mary's Hall

    Outside of Texas:

    • Connecticut
    • Kentucky
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • New Hampshire
    • New York
    • Ohio
    • Rhode Island
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • Washington DC

Dillon Duke. Freshman admissions counselor

Dillon Duke

Freshman Admissions Counselor
Phone: (210) 805-3558
  • About Dillon:

    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.

  • A word from Dillon:

    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.

  • Dillon recruits from:

    • Academy of Creative Education
    • Allison L. Steele Enhanced Learning Center
    • BASIS San Antonio Shavano Campus
    • Buckner Fanning School
    • Byron P. Steele II High School
    • Charlotte area high schools
    • Christian Academy of San Antonio
    • Christian Heritage Schools
    • Christian School at Castle Hills
    • Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School
    • Dallas / Ft. Worth area high schools
    • Dilley High School
    • Douglas MacArthur High School
    • East Central High School
    • East San Antonio area high schools
    • Falls City High School>
    • Floresville area high schools
    • George Gervin Academy
    • Great Hearts Monte Vista
    • Home Schooled
    • International School of the Americas
    • James Madison High School
    • Jourdanton High School
    • Judson High School
    • Judson Early College
    • Judson ISD
    • Judson Learning Academy
    • Karen Wagner High School
    • Karnes City High School
    • Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE) High School
    • La Vernia High School
    • Lytle High School
    • New Braunfels High School
    • New Braunfels Christian Academy
    • Northeast ISD
    • Panhandle area high schools
    • Pearsall High School
    • Pleasanton High School
    • Poteet High School
    • Poth High School
    • Randolph High School
    • River City Believers Academy
    • River City Christian
    • Ronald Reagan High School
    • Samuel Clemens High School
    • San Antonio Christian
    • San Marcos High School
    • San Marcos Baptist
    • Schertz/Cibolo/Universal City ISD
    • School of Science & Technology
    • Seguin High School
    • >South of San Antonio area high schools
    • Southwest Preparatory School - Northeast Campus
    • Southwest Preparatory School Northwest Campus
    • Southwest Preparatory School: New Directions
    • Southwest Preparatory School: Northwest
    • Southwest Preparatory School-Southeast Campus
    • Stockdale High Schoo
    • Theodore Roosevelt High School
    • Town East Christian School
    • Trinity Christian Academy
    • Veterans Memorial High School
    • West Texas area high schools
    • Winston Churchill High School

    Outside of Texas:

    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Missouri
    • Nebraska
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • South Dakota
    • Wisconsin

Joey Bernal

Joey Bernal

Freshman Admissions Counselor
  • About Joey:

    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.

  • A word from Joey:

    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.

  • Joey recruits from:

    • Alameda High School (Henry Ford) 
    • Austin area high schools 
    • CAST Med High School 
    • CAST STEM High School 
    • CAST Tech High School 
    • Central Texas area high schools 
    • Corpus Christi area high schools 
    • Fox Technical High School 
    • Gulf Coast area high schools 
    • G.W. Brackenridge High School 
    • Healy-Murphy Center 
    • Highlands High School 
    • IDEA Academy - South Flores 
    • IDEA Carver College Preparatory 
    • IDEA Eastside College Prep 
    • IDEA Monterrey Park College Preparatory 
    • IDEA Walzem College Preparatory 
    • Keystone School 
    • KIPP University Prep High School 
    • Luther Burbank High School 
    • Lutheran High School of San Antonio 
    • Milton B. Lee Academy of Science and Engineering 
    • Rick Hawkins Charter (School of Excellence in Education) 
    • Robert G. Cole (Ft Sam) 
    • Sam Houston High School 
    • San Antonio ISD 
    • San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity 
    • Sidney Lanier High School 
    • St. Philips Early College High School 
    • Thomas A. Edison High School 
    • Thomas Jefferson High School 
    • Travis Early College High School 
    • Virginia Allred Stacey Junior/Senior High School 
    • Waco area high schools 
    • Young Womens Leadership Academy  


    Outside of Texas:

    • Alabama 
    • Arkansas 
    • Florida 
    • Georgia 
    • Kentucky 
    • Louisiana 
    • Mississippi 
    • North Carolina 
    • South Carolina 
    • Tennessee 
    • Virginia 
    • West Virginia 

Steven Puente

Steven Puente

Freshman Admissions Counselor
Phone: (210) 805-2542

  • About Steven:

    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’s in Business Administration.

  • A word from Steven:

    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.

  • Steven recruits from:

    • Academy of Careers & Technologies Charter High School 
    • Achievers Center for Education 
    • The Atonement Academy 
    • Beaumont area high schools 
    • Blessed Hope Academy 
    • Business Careers High School 
    • Clark High School 
    • Communication Arts High School 
    • Cornerstone Christian Schools 
    • Earl Warren High School 
    • East Texas area high schools 
    • Harlan High School 
    • Harmony Science Academy – San Antonio 
    • Health Careers High School 
    • Houston area high schools 
    • John Jay High School 
    • John Marshall High School 
    • John Paul Stevens High School 
    • Legacy Christian Academy 
    • Louis D. Brandeis High School 
    • Northside ISD 
    • Oliver Wendell Holmes High School 
    • Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic School 
    • Sandra Day O'Connor High School 
    • Sendero Christian Academy 
    • Sunnybrook Christian Academy 
    • Texas Military Institute 
    • William H. Taft High School 
    • William J. Brennan High School 
    • The Winston School San Antonio 


    Outside of Texas:

    • Alaska 
    • Idaho 
    • Montana 
    • Oregon 
    • Washington 
    • Wyoming 

Erica, freshman admissions counselor

Erica Cortez

Freshman Admissions Counselor
Phone: (210) 805-3572
  • About Erica:

    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.

  • A word from Erica:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Support! Here at UIW, everyone is not only supportive, but they want 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 if you know of someone who does, don’t be afraid to ask for help!

  • Erica recruits from:

    • Bandera High School 
    • Boerne High School 
    • Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School 
    • Bracken Christian School 
    • Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering 
    • Brooks Collegiate Academy 
    • Canyon High School 
    • Canyon Lake High School 
    • Center Point High School 
    • Comfort High School 
    • Cooper Academy 
    • Del Rio area high schools 
    • Devine High School 
    • Eagle Pass area high schools 
    • Edgewood ISD 
    • El Paso area high schools 
    • Frank Madla Early College High School 
    • Frank Tejeda Academy 
    • Gateway Christian School 
    • Geneva School of Boerne 
    • Harlandale High School 
    • Hill Country High School 
    • Ingram Tom Moore High School 
    • John F. Kennedy High School 
    • John Paul II Catholic High School 
    • Jubilee Academic Center High School 
    • Laredo area high schools 
    • Marion High School 
    • McCollum High School 
    • Medina Valley High School 
    • Memorial High School 
    • Natalia High School 
    • Navarro High School 
    • New Braunfels ISD 
    • Smithson Valley High School 
    • Somerset High School 
    • South San Antonio High School 
    • South San ISD 
    • Southside High School 
    • Southside ISD 
    • Southwest High School 
    • Southwest ISD 
    • Southwest Legacy High School 
    • STEM Early College High School 
    • Tivy High School (Kerrville) 
    • Vanguard Christian Institute  


    Outside of Texas:

    • Arizona 
    • California 
    • Colorado 
    • Nevada 
    • New Mexico 
    • Oklahoma 
    • Utah 

Graduate and Doctoral Admissions

Phone: (210) 829-6005

Maryssa Bustamante

Maryssa Farias

Transfer and Graduate Counselor (Last Name Alpha A-K)
Phone: (210) 805-3097

  • About Maryssa:

    Maryssa is from Mercedes, Texas, and is a graduate of Mercedes High School. She graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development, and a minor in Sociology.

  • A word from Maryssa:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Network! As an alumna of the University of the Incarnate Word, I have learned the importance of building a rapport with both your peers and administrators. My success after college was greatly influenced by the relationships I had the privilege of forming during my time at UIW.

  • Maryssa recruits from:

    • 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

belinda, transfer and graduate counselor

Belinda Guajardo

Transfer and Graduate Counselor (Last Name Alpha L-Z)
Phone: (210) 805-3554
  • About Belinda:

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

  • A word from Belinda:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Journey! UIW formulates many endless experiences that become beautiful journeys in our lives. As an alumni 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!

  • Belinda recruits from:

    • 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