University of the Incarnate Word

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4301 Broadway

San Antonio, TX 78209-6397

Phone: (210) 829-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#71 Overall Score: 29 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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University of the Incarnate Word is a private institution that was founded in 1881. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,404, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of the Incarnate Word's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 71. Its tuition and fees are $24,790 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, UIW is the largest Catholic university in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas. The University of the Incarnate Word's (UIW) main campus is located in the prestigious Alamo Heights area with satellite campus locations throughout San Antonio, a presence in Corpus Christi and campuses in Mexico and Germany. With 130 years of tradition, Incarnate Word is known not only for its academic excellence but for its diversity and personal attention to the over 8000 students who call UIW home. At UIW students can choose from a variety of interesting and challenging majors including biology, business administration, nursing, rehabilitative science, vision science, education and computer graphic arts. Also known for its esteemed music program, UIW boasts six musical ensembles including the very popular Cardinal Marching Band. In all, UIW offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D. and professional programs including pharmacy, optometry, nursing practice, and physical therapy. With small classes, students receive one-on-one attention and build relationships that extend beyond the classroom. UIW admits qualified applicants on a continual or rolling basis, throughout the year. UIW is currently a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, and a member of the Lone Star Conference. Beginning July 1, 2013, UIW will move into NCAA Division I and be a member of the Southland Conference. Including Cardinal Football, UIW is proud to have 19 teams representing 21 different sports, more than any other NCAA Division II school in the state of Texas. UIW has a very active campus life. Our students participate in academic, social and professional organizations including Greek life, service, special interests, intramurals and inter-collegiate athletics. UIW is a close community where you are encouraged to get involved! Fourteen student dormitories feature single, double and triple living accommodations. A professional staff of administrators, graduate hall advisors and resident assistants are available to students 24 hours a day. All campus residences are wired for the internet and provide basic cable and telephone service. Campus police are available 24/7, with emergency phones located throughout campus to ensure your living experience is a safe one. Our goal is to provide our students the most enjoyable and comfortable living experience possible.
UIW is committed to offering students a global experience with a diverse student body representing 61 countries. We are a leader in international education with over sister schools in 37 countries including Italy, China, France and Germany. Find out more information on the admissions process including an online application at For information or to arrange a campus visit call: 1-800-749-WORD or (210) 829-6005 or visit

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1881
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $98,175,551


When applying to University of the Incarnate Word, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at University of the Incarnate Word is $20. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 94.1 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 94.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of the Incarnate Word is 14:1, and the school has 49.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of the Incarnate Word include: Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 12%

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Student Life

University of the Incarnate Word has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,404, with a gender distribution of 37.6 percent male students and 62.4 percent female students. At this school, 18 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 82 percent of students live off campus. University of the Incarnate Word is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,442
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

University of the Incarnate Word offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of the Incarnate Word also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of the Incarnate Word, 64 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of the Incarnate Word.

Students who have cars on campus 64%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of the Incarnate Word, 77.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,415.

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Tuition and fees $24,790 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,410 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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