Next Steps for Admitted Transfer Students

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

(Click here for the next steps for admitted freshman 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.

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.

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 (with SAT or ACT scores) or official GED scores. If you are unable to send your transcripts at this time, please contact the Office of Admissions at (210) 829-6005.

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.

Housing is available for students wishing to live on campus. View available residence halls and apply online. (Confirmation fee must be paid in order to apply for on-campus housing.) This option requires a $225 deposit.

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).

Transfer students will register for classes before orientation. Keep an eye on the New Student Orientation page for upcoming orientation dates. To ensure relevant scheduling, all official transcripts must be submitted at least two business days prior to your selected orientation date.

Please Note: Students in the majors listed below must reach out to the respective contact person to discuss program requirements and class registration before attending orientation.

All other majors must reach out to the University Advising Center at (210) 805-5814 to schedule a registration appointment before attending orientation.

All UIW students must have medical insurance. If you are insured by a family plan, please ensure you waive coverage through the University to avoid charges. Visit the Business Office web page 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.