University of the Incarnate Word

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) was founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Rooted in social justice and based on five tenets including education, truth, faith, service, and innovation, UIW's mission is to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens.

One of the leading comprehensive universities in Texas, UIW is located in the heart of San Antonio and has locations throughout South and Central Texas. As part of its international efforts, UIW has agreements for reciprocal education with 123 universities in 40 countries. It also operates academic sites in Mexico City and Irapuato, Mexico and has European Study Centers in Strasbourg, France and Heidelberg, Germany.

UIW Quick Facts

  • UIW is the largest Catholic university and the fourth largest private university, in Texas. The enrollment reflects the diversity of South Texas, as more than 60% of students are from racial or ethnic minority groups.
  • UIW is ranked number one nationally among faith-based universities in the conferring of bachelor's degrees to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, and number six nationally among all private, not-for-profit universities.
  • UIW is a Hispanic-Serving Institution under federal guidelines.
  • 95% of the students receive various financial assistance and 75% of the students depend upon financial aid.
  • The majority of UIW students are first-generation college attendees.
  • In athletics, UIW is a member of the Division 1 Southland Conference.