UIW Announces Fall Enrollment Class

October 12, 2020

Strong Returning Class Leads to Strong Numbers Despite Pandemic

San Antonio – Oct. 12, 2020 – The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has announced its census numbers for Fall of 2020 and, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has been little change in enrollment and an upward trend over the past five years.

For Fall 2020, UIW welcomed 926 new first-time-in-college students. That number represents a 17% increase across the previous five years. The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions saw a 5% increase from last year and a 12% increase over the past five years. And Professional programs saw an increase as well, with degree-seeking students rising steadily over the past five years at a rate of 10-15%.

Enrollment for the Fall of 2020 stands at 7,917 compared to 8,175 at this time last year. A change of just 3% which matches the national average trend. UIW also has two campuses in Mexico and enrollment at those campuses brings the UIW total to exactly 10,000 students.

In addition, the percent retention of last year’s fall class is 75%.

“These enrollment rates represent strong numbers during a pandemic,” says Dr. Cyndi Porter, vice president for UIW Enrollment Services. “The strong retention and new freshman numbers reflect a confidence that our students and families have in our faculty’s success in adapting to the significant shift to online learning and our student’s success in shifting to online support.”

Currently, about 1 out 10 Fall classes are being conducted in-person with roughly 1,000 students taking at least one in-person class. UIW has a history of success in online instruction that goes back two decades through its School of Professional Studies.