Next Steps for Admitted Freshman Students

Complete the checklist below to become the newest Cardinal in the Nest!

If you have not completed your application yet, see the application requirements for freshman students.

If you are a transfer student, see the next steps for admitted transfer students.

Apply for financial aid beginning Oct. 1 each year to qualify for state, federal and university grants (UIW FAFSA code: 003578). Visit the Financial Aid page to learn more.

Meet with your admissions counselor to review your financial aid award letter. When ready, confirm your attendance by submitting your $200 confirmation fee to begin the enrollment process. This step does not apply to part-time or non-degree seeking students.

Once you have submitted your confirmation fee, you'll receive an email from the UIW Help Desk within three days to set up Cardinal Apps for the first time. Cardinal Apps is the place to do many tasks such as:

  • Access email
  • Complete orientation modules
  • Take classes
  • Get involved at UIW

The email from the UIW Help Desk will have your UIW email and your temporary password. You will also need your student ID (UIW calls it your PIDM) which is on your acceptance letter and in the email you received about your acceptance.

Your meningitis records can be submitted to the Document Receiving office by emailing your record in PDF format to Be sure to include your PIDM or date of birth. The Office of Admissions cannot accept meningitis medical records.

Texas State Law mandates that all students under the age of 22 entering a Texas college or university provide proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis during the five years preceding admission to the University. Proof of meningitis vaccination must be submitted no later than the tenth day before the start of the semester.

Call the University Advising office at (210) 805-5814 to set up an appointment with your advisor and meet with the First Year Engagement office to discuss academic tips for success.

Since the University of the Incarnate Word is test optional, to be correctly placed in college level math, students not meeting the minimum requirements must take the UIW Mathematics Placement through ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL) to be placed in remedial math course (no credit).

Students who meet the following criteria do not need to take the ALEKS:

  • 550 SAT Math minimum or 22 ACT Math minimum
  • 350 minimum on TSI Math
  • "C" or higher in dual credit Math course

Students can complete the UIW Mathematics Placement through ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL).

Planning to live on campus? Residence hall assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply today. Please note: The confirmation fee must be paid in order to apply. If you experience any technical issues, contact us . A $225 housing deposit must be on file to process your application.

Admitted students must submit a final official copy of their high school transcript that reflects their graduation date and final GPA before the beginning of the fall semester. Students enrolled in dual credit courses must also submit an official college transcript. Students should also submit official ACT, SAT, AP or IB scores, if applicable.

All UIW students must have medical insurance. If you are insured by a family plan, please ensure you waive coverage through the University by the set deadline (usually within the first 10 days of the semester) to avoid charges. Visit the Business Office web page for more information.

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Notes and Reminders

  1. Academic merit scholarships are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate coursework so long as students maintain a satisfactory academic progress and continuous full-time enrollment.
  2. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to a specific program. Contact the Office of Admissions with any questions.
  3. Admission to UIW is provisional upon receipt of an official final high school transcript, which includes the date of graduation. This transcript is required prior to the start of the term.
  4. It is recommended that UIW students have a laptop for their coursework. Students may purchase a laptop from outside the University, use an existing laptop or purchase one from the UIW bookstore.