University of the Incarnate Word

University of the Incarnate Word
Motto The Universe is Yours
Type Private, coeducational
Established 1881
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (CCVI))
Endowment $120 million (January 2016)[1]
President Louis J. Agnese Jr.
Students 10,984[2][3]
Location San Antonio & Alamo Heights, Texas, U.S.
Campus Urban, 154 acres (0.6 km2)
Colors Red and black[4]
Athletics NCAA Division ISouthland Conference
Sports 21 varsity teams
Nickname Cardinals
Mascot Cardinal
Affiliations ACCU

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is a private Catholic university whose main campus is located in San Antonio and Alamo Heights, Texas, United States.[5][6][7] Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the university's main campus is located on 154 acres (0.6 km2).

The university operates an all-girls high school, Incarnate Word High School, as well as a co-educational high school, St. Anthony Catholic High School. It also operates two elementary schools, St. Anthony's and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles, through its Brainpower Connection program.


The school was founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, who came to San Antonio in 1869 to assist with treating a cholera outbreak. The institution began as the Incarnate Word School in 1881 and was originally chartered as a college for women. In 1900, the Academy of the Incarnate Word, which had been established first in an area of San Antonio called Government Hill, was moved to the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Alamo Heights. College classes were added to the curriculum in 1909, and the name of the institution was changed to the College and Academy of the Incarnate Word.

In 1995, the university elected to move into new population areas, both in the adult education community and international arena. In 1995, the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) afforded adult learners the opportunity to get a post-secondary education in the evening at an accelerated pace.

In 2000, UIW began offering accredited university degrees in China.


In 1998, the University was re-accredited at the baccalaureate and master degree level and approval was given to offer doctoral degrees by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges. Through its College of Professional Studies, the university is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs to offer degrees in Business Administration (BBA) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Other accreditations include the American Music Therapy Association, the Texas Education Agency, the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology, and the American Dietetic Association.

The university also holds membership in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council for the Advancement of Support to Education, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, the Higher Educational Council of San Antonio and the United Colleges of San Antonio. The institution is a charter member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and qualifies as an Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) under federal guidelines.


All students are required to volunteer a certain number of hours in the community before graduating.

The university is home to The Rosenberg School of Optometry, The Feik School of Pharmacy, The AT&T Math, Science, & Engineering Center, The Dreeben School of Education, The H-E-B School of Business & Administration, The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, The School of Physical Therapy, The School of Interactive Media & Design, The School of Graduate Studies and Research, The School of Extended Studies & ADCAP, The School of UIW Online, and the College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. The university also participates with E-Army-U, the U.S. Army's online portal for e-learning.


UIW campus sign seen from Broadway.

The university's main campus is located in the Midtown Brackenridge district of San Antonio and the enclave city of Alamo Heights. Satellite campuses are located in northwest San Antonio at the South Texas Medical Center; Zengcheng, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China (China Incarnate Word/CIW); Mexico City, Mexico (Centro Universitario Incarnate Word); Irapuato, Mexico (Centro Universitario Incarnate Word Campus Bajio) and Heidelberg, Germany (European Study Center). Incarnate Word also maintains an Adult Degree Completion Program at Rolling Oaks Mall in northeast San Antonio.

Newly constructed buildings include the pharmacy school and the "Hillside" dormitory, opened in fall of 2007. The Tom Benson Field House and Stadium, the Hillside II (later renamed Joeris) dormitory and the new Ancira Tower parking garage opened and were dedicated in fall of 2008. The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health professions underwent a complete renovation in 2011. The Rosenberg School of Optometry was opened in 2009 and is located in the Medical Center Area of San Antonio.[8]

Police department

The school maintains a police department with 17 officers.[9] In December 2013, a university policeman shot and killed a student in nearby Alamo Heights during a traffic stop.[10] A year later, Corporal Carter resigned from the department. In March 2015, a Bexar County grand jury decided not to indict Carter for the shooting.[11]


The university is rated among the Southwest's regional universities. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Incarnate Word 63rd among Western Regional Universities in its 2015 edition of Best Colleges [12]


The university is a member of the Caucasus University Association.[13]


In August 2012, UIW accepted an invitation to move up to Division I as a member of the Southland Conference.[14] UIW entered the NCAA Division I Southland Conference on July 1, 2013. The football team played as a Division I FCS independent in 2013 and began conference play in 2014 due to schedule commitments. UIW will be fully eligible for Division I championships starting in the 2017-18 season. Prior to moving up to Division I, UIW was a member of the Division II Lone Star Conference.

In 2010, the UIW Men's Swim team placed second at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Canton, Ohio.

UIW's synchronized swimming team placed in the 2006 U.S. Collegiate Championships.[15]

UIW Men's and Women's Soccer teams have won numerous of the Heartland Conference championships.

UIW Men's Cross Country won the Heartland Conference meet in 2008[16] and 2009.[17]

Notable alumni

The Word, the University of the Incarnate Word alumni magazine, keeps alumni informed of campus activities.[18]


  1. "Endowments". Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  2. Robert Taylor (September 15, 2015). "UIW enrollment up 10.5 percent from last year". Graham Media Group. Retrieved May 8, 2016. The University of the Incarnate Word announced Tuesday that is has set an enrollment record this year, bringing its total global enrollment to 10,984 students.
  3. "UIW by the numbers 2015-16". University of the Incarnate Word. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  4. "Approved Logos and Word Marks - Visual Corporate Identity Committee". Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  5. "City of Alamo Heights Official Zoning District Map" (PDF). City of Alamo Heights. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
  6. "AHISD Contact Information". Alamo Heights Independent School District. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
  7. "Campus Map" (PDF). University of the Incarnate Word. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
  8. "About the School- School of Optometry". University of the Incarnate Word. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  9. "Personnel and Staff - Campus Police". University of the Incarnate Word. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  10. Mondo, Michelle (December 6, 2013). "UIW police officer involved in fatal shooting". San Antonio Express-News. San Antonio, TX. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  12. "University of the Incarnate Word". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
  13. Tüm Uyeler.
  14. "UIW charges full speed ahead into the NCAA Division I – Southland Conference" (Press release). UIW News. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
  15. "Cardinal Athletics- Synchronized Swimming". The Word. San Antonio, TX: The University of the Incarnate Word. Summer 2006.
  16. "2008 Results Grid"., LLC. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  17. "Cardinals defend title behind Weidner" (Press release). University of the Incarnate Cardinals. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  18. "University of the Incarnate Word". The Prowler. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
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