Admissions Counselors and Transfer Advisors

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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Heather Rodriguez

Heather Rodriguez

Dean of Enrollment
Phone: (210) 805-3550

  • About Heather:

    Heather was born and raised in the San Antonio area. She attended Judson HS before completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UIW. After several years as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UIW, and a stint with the College Board in Austin, Heather returned to UIW as the Dean of Enrollment in May 2017.
  • A word from Heather:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Home! As an alum of UIW, I know firsthand the tremendous opportunities that await you as a future Cardinal. Our students are given the support, resources and autonomy needed to achieve great things academically and personally. We’re a close-knit community offering the amenities and programs of a much larger institution. I can’t wait to see the impact you will have on the UIW community!

Jessica De La Rosa

Jessica De La Rosa

Associate 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:

    • Alamo Heights High School
    • Antonian College Prep High School
    • Central Catholic High School
    • Holy Cross High School
    • Providence Catholic School
    • St Anthony Catholic High School
    • St. Gerard's Catholic High School
    • St. Mary's Hall
    • Incarnate Word High School
    • Southwest Prep
    • School of Science and Technology

Graduate and Doctoral Admissions

Phone: (210) 829-6005

Oscar Salazar

Oscar Salazar

Freshman Admissions Counselor
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:

    • Achievers Center
    • Atonement Academy
    • Brandeis High School
    • Brennan High School
    • Business Careers High School
    • Clark High School
    • Communication Arts High School
    • Cornerstone High School
    • El Paso area high schools
    • Harmony Science Academy
    • Health Careers High School
    • Holmes High School
    • John Jay High School
    • Marshall High School
    • Northside ISD
    • O'Connor High School
    • Rainbow Hills Baptist (now Legacy Christian Academy)
    • Rio Grande Valley area high schools
    • Sendero Christian High School
    • Stevens High School
    • Sunnybrook Christian High School
    • Taft High School
    • Texas Military Institute
    • Warren High School
    • Winston School

    Outside of Texas:

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

Victoria (Tori) Elizondo

Victoria (Tori) Elizondo

Freshman Admissions Counselor
Phone: (210) 805-3558

  • About Tori:

    Tori is from La Vernia, Texas and is a graduate of La Vernia High School. She graduated from Texas State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a concentration in International Relations.
  • A word from Tori:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Growth! UIW creates an environment that fosters growth whether it be academically, spiritually or personally. Getting involved on campus, excelling in a more personalized learning environment, or volunteering within the UIW community, are just some of the opportunities for students to take part of. When deciding which college is best for you, I urge you to choose the one that challenges you the most. In doing so, you will find your college experience not only fulfilling but rewarding as well!
  • Tori recruits from:

    • Academy of Creative Education
    • Allison Steele Enhanced Learning Ctr
    • BASIS San Antonio - Shavano Campus
    • Buckner Fanning School
    • Christian Academy of San Antonio
    • Christian Heritage School
    • Churchill High School
    • Clemens High School
    • Dallas / Fort Worth area high schools
    • Dilley High School
    • East Central High School
    • Fall City High School
    • Floresville High School
    • George Gervin Academy
    • Home Schooled
    • International School of America
    • Johnson High School
    • Jourdanton High School
    • Judson Early College
    • Judson High School
    • Judson Learning Academy
    • La Vernia High School
    • LEE High School
    • Lytle High School
    • MacArthur High School
    • Madison High School
    • Northeast ISD
    • Pearsall High School
    • Pleasanton High School
    • Poteet High School
    • Poth High School
    • Randolph High School
    • Reagan High School
    • River City Believers Academy
    • River City Christian School
    • Roosevelt High School
    • San Antonio Christian School
    • Southwest Prep
    • Steele High School
    • Stockdale High School
    • The Christian School at Castle Hills
    • Town East Christian
    • Trinity Christian Academy
    • Wagner High School

    Out 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 (Henry Ford) Academy
    • Austin area high schools
    • Brackenridge High School
    • Brooks Academy of Sci/Engineering
    • Burbank High School
    • Central Texas area high schools
    • Cole (Ft Sam) High School
    • Cooper Academy
    • Corpus Christi area high schools
    • Del Rio area high schools
    • Devine High School
    • Eagle Pass area high schools
    • Edison High School
    • Fox Tech High School
    • Gateway Christian High School
    • Harlandale High School
    • Healy Murphy High School
    • Highlands High School
    • Jefferson High School
    • Jubilee Academic Center
    • Kennedy High School
    • Keystone School
    • KIPP University Prep High School
    • Lanier High School
    • Lutheran High School
    • McCollum High School
    • Medina Valley High School
    • Memorial High School
    • Milton B Lee Academy of Science  & Engineering
    • Natalia High School
    • Rick Hawkins Charter (School of Excellence) High School
    • Sam Houston High School
    • San Antonio School for Inquiry
    • San Antonio ISD
    • Somerset High School
    • South San Antonio High School
    • Southside High School
    • Southwest High School
    • St. Phillips Early College High School
    • Stacey High School
    • Travis Early College High School
    • Waco area high schools
    • Young Women's Leadership Academy

    Out of Texas:

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

New Counselor Coming Soon

Freshman Admissions Counselor

  • About new counselor

    Information coming soon...
  • A word from new counselor

    Coming soon...
  • New counselor recruits from:

    • Bandera High School
    • Beaumont area high schools
    • Boerne High School
    • Boerne Champion High School
    • Bracken Christian High School
    • Canyon High School
    • Canyon Lake High School
    • Comfort High School
    • Geneva School (Boerne)
    • East Texas area high schools
    • Ingram Tom Moore High School
    • John Paul II Catholic High School
    • Marion High School
    • Navarro High School
    • New Braunfels High School
    • New Braunfels Christian Academy
    • North of San Antonio area high schools
    • San Marcos High School
    • San Marcos Baptist Academy
    • Seguin High School
    • Smithson Valley High School
    • Tivy High School

    Out of Texas:

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

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:

    • Del Rio area high schools
    • Eagle Pass area high schools
    • Edgewood ISD
    • Great Hearts Monte Vista
    • Gulf Coast area high schools
    • Harlandale ISD
    • Houston area high schools
    • Laredo area high schools
    • South San ISD
    • Southside ISD
    • Southwest ISD

    Out of Texas:

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

Maryssa Bustamante

Maryssa Bustamante

Transfer Advisor (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

Victoria Sulaica

Victoria Sulaica

Transfer Advisor (L-Z)
Phone: (210) 805-3553

  • About Victoria:

    Victoria was born and raised in Carrizo Springs, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Public Relations concentration.
  • A word from Victoria:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Success! Students can study abroad, join student organizations and give back through community service. Students, now is the time to make your mark and challenge yourself to be the best you!
  • Victoria 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