Welcome to the University of the Incarnate Word

Your Journey. Our Mission.

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), located in San Antonio, Texas, is committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our region and our world. Inspired by Judeo-Christian values, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching, UIW welcomes all persons of diverse backgrounds. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University instills its core values of education, truth, faith, service and innovation in everyone that forms its community.

Discover the many ways UIW helps students achieve academic success and spiritual and personal growth.

Why UIW?

Learn more about the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word

Catholic Best College 2022-2023Best College 2022-2023

The University of the Incarnate Word named a College of Distinction in 2023-2024.


Largest Catholic university in Texas


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Catholic Scholarship

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First-time freshman students are automatically considered for academic scholarships as part of their application. These scholarships are awarded based on high school GPA.

Freshman Academic Scholarships range between $7,000 - $20,000 per year, and are renewable for up to four years.

UIW offers an additional $2,000 per year scholarship for any student graduating from a Catholic high school. No additional application required. Accepted students graduating from Catholic high schools will automatically receive the Catholic High School Scholarship.

Find more information about scholarships here.

Know Your Admissions Counselors

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Jacob Morales

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Jacob was raised in Carrizo Springs, Texas. He is a graduate of Carrizo Spring High School. After high school, he attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 2020.

Jacob recruits from:

  • Alamo Heights
  • Brandeis High School
  • Brennan High School
  • CAST Teach High School
  • Clark High School
  • Communication Arts High School
  • Construction Careers Academy
  • Corpus Christi
  • Harlan High School
  • Health Careers High School
  • Holmes High School
  • Incarnate Word High School
  • John Jay High School
  • John Jay Science and Engineering Academy
  • John Marshall High School
  • Northside ISD
  • O'Connor High School
  • St. Anthony Catholic High School
  • St. Mary's Hall
  • San Antonio-area high schools
  • Sotomayor High School
  • Stevens High School
  • Taft High School
  • Warren High School

Connect with Jacob here.

Religious Programs at UIW

Religious Studies Program

A major in Religious Studies is recommended both for students interested in religious education and/or church ministry, and for those wishing to augment their academic background in the area to support the liberal arts dimension of their chosen professional career (e.g., law, medical, business).

Learn more about the Religious Studies program here.

Pastoral Ministry Program

The church needs well-trained women and men to serve in parishes, chaplaincies and in other ministry roles. The Pastoral Institute and UIW have several programs that serve this need. For students considering a position in ministry, UIW offers quality education and preparation to serve in ministry.

Learn more about the Pastoral Ministry program here.

Community Service

Students are required to complete 45 hours of community service in order to graduate. The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability (ECCLS) has been helping students connect with the community since 2013.

Learn more about community service here.

UIW Mission and Ministry

The purpose of the University Mission and Ministry is to make visible and tangible the Incarnate Word of God in the University. We do this by engaging university life through prayer, liturgy, outreach, faith development and pastoral care.

Learn more about UIW Mission and Ministry here.

Prayer and Worship

UIW Mission and Ministry provides a number of resources to engage the faith lives of our students, including weekday noon Mass and Sunday Mass at 11 a.m. (in-person and live-streamed), devotional prayer, Lenten Stations of the Cross, Reconciliation, Taizé Contemplative Prayer as well as other ecumenical worship opportunities.

Find more ways to worship here.

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UIW’s Catholicity compels us to honor and promote a culture of respectful encounter that includes and invites all to contribute, in honesty and truth, to our ongoing dialogue among ourselves and with the world.
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Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI

Vice President for UIW Mission and Ministry

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