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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!

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

  • Academy of Creative Education
  • BASIS San Antonio Shavano Campus
  • Buckner Fanning School
  • 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
  • Douglas MacArthur High School
  • East San Antonio area high schools
  • George Gervin Academy
  • Great Hearts Monte Vista
  • Home Schooled
  • International School of the Americas
  • James Madison High School
  • Jourdanton High School
  • Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE) High School
  • Northeast ISD
  • Panhandle area high schools
  • River City Christian
  • Ronald Reagan High School
  • San Antonio Christian
  • School of Science & Technology
  • 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
  • Theodore Roosevelt High School
  • Trinity Christian Academy
  • 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, 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.

  • Antonian College Preparatory High School
  • Austin area high schools
  • Central Catholic High School
  • Central Texas area high schools
  • Corpus Christi area high schools
  • Gulf Coast 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
  • Waco area high schools

Outside of Texas:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
Steven Puente, Freshman Admissions Couselor

Steven Puente

Freshman Admissions Counselor
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.

  • 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

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.

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!

  • 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 
  • Marion High School 
  • McCollum High School 
  • Medina Valley High School 
  • Memorial High School 
  • Natalia High School 
  • Navarro High School 
  • New Braunfels ISD 
  • New Braunfels High School
  • New Braunfels Christian Academy
  • San Marcos High School
  • San Marcos Baptist
  • Seguin High School
  • 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 
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Ali Gonzalez

Freshman Admissions Counselor
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.

  • Alameda High School (Henry Ford)
  • Alamo Heights High School
  • Fox Technical High School
  • 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
  • Laredo area high schools
  • 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)
  • Rio Grande Valley area high schools
  • Robert G. Cole (Ft Sam)
  • Sam Houston High School
  • San Antonio ISD
  • San Antonio School for Inquiry and Creativity
  • Sidney Lanier High School
  • Thomas A. Edison High School
  • Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Travis Early College High School
  • Virginia Allred Stacey Junior/Senior High School
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy 

Outside of Texas:

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

Sarah Adame

Freshman Admissions Counselor
Phone:  (210) 805-3098

Sarah was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Earl Warren High School. In December 2019, Sarah graduated from Angelo State University with her Bachelors in Health Science Professions with a concentration in Public Health.

For me, at UIW, the WORD is Involvement. UIW offers tons of opportunities for students to get involved such as clubs, sports, organizations and volunteer options. By getting involved students are able to gain experience, have fun, meet/connect with like minded individuals and, most importantly, make memories. By getting involved at UIW students are able to see exactly how much they can influence their own lives and others around them in positive ways.

  • Allison L. Steele Enhanced Learning Center
  • Byron P. Steele II High School
  • Charlotte area high schools
  • Dilley High School
  • East Central High School
  • Falls City High School
  • Floresville area high schools
  • Judson High School
  • Judson Early College
  • Judson ISD
  • Judson Learning Academy
  • Karen Wagner High School
  • Karnes City High School
  • La Vernia High School
  • Lytle High School
  • Pearsall High School
  • Pleasanton High School
  • Poteet High School
  • Poth High School
  • Randolph High School
  • River City Believers Academy
  • Samuel Clemens High School
  • Schertz/Cibolo/Universal City ISD
  • Stockdale High School
  • Town East Christian School
  • Veterans Memorial High School

Graduate and Doctoral Admissions

Phone: (210) 829-6005

Maryssa Bustamante, Transfer and Graduate Counselor

Maryssa Farias

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

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.

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.

  • 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
Limayri Garcia

Limayri Garcia

Transfer and Graduate Counselor (Last Name Alpha L-Z) 
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
belinda, transfer and graduate admissions counselor

Belinda Guajardo

Transfer and Graduate Counselor 
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!