University of the Incarnate Word Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

University of the Incarnate Word
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University of the Incarnate Word Description:

Founded in 1881, the University of the Incarnate Word is a private Catholic institution located in San Antonio, Texas. UIW has many distinctions: it is the largest Catholic university in Texas, and it wins high marks for its diverse student body and the number of bachelor's degrees it awards to Hispanic students. Students come from across the United States and 70 other countries. Students can choose from 80 fields of study, with professional fields such as business, nursing and education being among the most popular. Academics are supported by a healthy 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The University of the Incarnate Word is a residential campus with an active student life. Students can choose from a wide range of clubs and organizations, and the campus is also home to several fraternities and sororities. On the intercollegiate athletic front, the UIW Cardinals compete in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. The university fields 10 men's and 11 women's intercollegiate teams.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • University of the Incarnate Word Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 8,906 (6,423 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 40% Male / 60% Female
  • 71% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $28,898
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,880
  • Other Expenses: $2,884
  • Total Cost: $44,862

University of the Incarnate Word Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 62%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,786
    • Loans: $6,975

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Elementary Education, Nursing, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 25%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 32%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Swimming, Track and Field, Golf, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Soccer, Synchronized Swimming, Tennis

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of the Incarnate Word Mission Statement:

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"The first Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, three young French women motivated by the love of God and their recognition of God's presence in each person, came to San Antonio in 1869 to minister to the sick and the poor. Their spirit of Christian service is perpetuated in the University of the Incarnate Word primarily through teaching and scholarship, encompassing research and artistic expression. Inspired by Judeo-Christian values, the University aims to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens.

The university is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. It promotes life-long learning and fosters the development of the whole person. The faculty and students support one another in the search for and the communication of truth . The university is open to thoughtful innovation that serves ever more effectively the spiritual and material needs of people. The curriculum offers students an integrated program of liberal arts and professional studies that includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice and community service.

The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good."

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