Next Steps for Admitted Transfer Students

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

For first-time college students, click here for the next steps for admitted freshman students.

Apply for financial aid each year when it opens in the fall to qualify for state, federal and University grants. (UIW FAFSA Code: 003578) Visit the financial aid page to learn more.

Contact your admissions counselor to review your financial aid. When ready, confirm your attendance (pay your $100 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.

Texas state law mandates that all students under the age of 22 entering college provide a certificate signed by a healthcare provider or an official immunization record verifying that a student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis, or has received a booster during the five years preceding admission to the University. You may submit your vaccination record in PDF format to Document Receiving at

Note: You must have your meningitis shot on record, if applicable, to enroll in classes and to apply for on-campus housing.

Information about on-campus housing is available on the Residence Life website. Applications for housing can be completed through the StarRez student housing portal found in your Cardinal Apps.

Registration for orientation is now open. Once you confirm your attendance to UIW, you can register for orientation. Visit our New Student Undergraduate Orientation webpage for more information.

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 a dual credit Math course.

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

All admitted students must submit final official transcripts from each institution attended before the beginning of the fall semester. Students with fewer than 24 college credit hours are also required to submit an official high school transcript or official GED scores. Final documents may be submitted to or physically mailed to the address below.

University of the Incarnate Word
Document Receiving Office
4301 Broadway, CPO 285
San Antonio, TX 78209

Note: It's important to remember that you may not be allowed to register for courses until you have submitted your meningitis record and official transcripts.

Class registration opens May 1. Advisors will be available to help you create your class schedule. Visit the University Advising Center webpage for the steps you need to complete before making an advising appointment. To ensure relevant scheduling, all official transcripts must be submitted at least five business days before your selected orientation date. Once you have completed these steps, contact the University Advising Center at (210) 805-5814 or to schedule an advising appointment prior to your New Student Orientation date.

New students in the following majors must contact the person listed below to discuss program requirements prior to your advising appointment and orientation date.

Contact Information for Majors
Major Contact Phone Email
3D Animation and Game Design Dr. Adam Watkins (210) 805-1209
Fashion Management Dr. Melinda K. Adams (210) 805-1204
Graphic Design Doris O. Palmeros-McManus (210) 283-6445
Interior Design Dr. Diana Allison (210) 829-3859
Please visit: Music Department Webpage
William Gokelman (210) 829-3848
Pastoral Ministry Dr. Michael Romero (210) 829-3902

For any questions, contact your advisor or the University Advising Center at (210) 805-5814.

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 designated deadline to avoid charges. Visit the Business Office web page for more information.

Students must pay tuition or enroll in a payment plan before the semester begins. Once you have registered for classes, you may enroll in a payment plan on CashNet via Cardinal Apps. Visit the Business Office webpage for more information.

  1. Academic merit scholarships are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate coursework so long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and holds 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. Students under 24 credit hours will be required to submit a final official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores, if taken within the last two years.
  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.