#22 Best Private Colleges in Texas

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, Texas

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University of the Incarnate Word overview
Location San Antonio, Texas
Online uiw.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
University of the Incarnate Word overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), based in San Antonio, Texas, is a private, Catholic university founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Known for its distinctive Spanish colonial architecture, UIW's campus blends historical design with modern facilities. Offering a range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, the university is notably home to the Rosenberg School of Optometry and the Feik School of Pharmacy. Known for a fairly liberal acceptance policy, UIW provides a diverse educational environment with a plethora of majors, with Business, Nursing, and Biology among the most pursued by the student body. On-campus housing is available to students looking to immerse themselves in the collegiate experience. While not primarily recognized for its athletic prowess, UIW competes in NCAA Division I as the Cardinals, fielding a variety of sports teams including football, basketball, and soccer.

In the most recent statistical year 9,625 prospective students applied, and 9,067 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 977 enrolled in the school.  6,140 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,165 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $32,440 plus fees of $1,960. UIW is ranked 827 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












UIW is rated within the lower 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
University of the Incarnate Word overview
SAT 910/1133
ACT 16/23
GPA 3.5

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of the Incarnate Word
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$250
Other Fees$1,960
Room and Board $13,122
Budget for Other Expenses$3,250
Total One Year Cost$51,022

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$49,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

43% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of the Incarnate Word students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 43%
Health Professions 9%
Biology 8%
Education 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%

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