Next Steps for Admitted International Students

1) Confirm Your Attendance

Email Amy DeStefano,, with your intent to enroll, copy of your passport and proof of funding to receive the Form I-20. (Note: International students do not pay a matriculation/confirmation fee.) 

2) Submit Proof of the Meningitis Vaccine

The State of Texas requires any student under the age of 22 years of age to submit proof of the meningitis vaccine up to 10 days prior to the start of classes. Vaccine records should be emailed to UIW Health Services, Be sure to include your full name, date of birth and student ID number in the email. Students will not be allowed to move in to their dorm until this requirement is met. 

3) Mathematics Placement Course (Freshman Only)

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

  • "C" or higher in dual credit Math course

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

4) Apply for On-Campus Housing

Living on-campus is optional for degree seeking students and required for Exchange students. Once you receive your UIW Welcome email with login credentials, log in to Cardinal Apps then click on the StarRez icon to start the housing application process. A $225 housing deposit is required prior to completing the housing application. 

5) Review Pre-Arrival Details

Visit the Arrival at UIW resources page for details on your acceptance packet, Form I-20/DS-2019, arrival dates and orientation information. 

6) Graduate Students Only

Contact your graduate advisor listed in your acceptance letter prior to arrival to request an advising appointment and register for classes. 

7) Submit Final Official Academic Documents

Admitted students must submit final official transcript(s) and proof of graduation (when applicable) prior to the start of the enrolled semester. Official test scores such as SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, IB and AP exam results are also required to be sent to UIW via the testing agency.