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Our admissions counselors are here to answer any questions you have about admissions, financial aid, enrollment, degree programs, life at UIW, and more. Scroll down to find your personal admissions counselor based on your high school.

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Heather Rodriguez

Dean of Enrollment 

Phone: (210) 805-3550
E-mail: hrodrig1@uiwtx.edu

  • About Heather:

    Heather was born and raised in the San Antonio area. She attended Judson HS before completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UIW. After several years as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UIW, and a stint with the College Board in Austin, Heather returned to UIW as the Dean of Enrollment in May 2017.

  • A word from Heather:
    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Home! As an alum of UIW, I know firsthand the tremendous opportunities that await you as a future Cardinal. Our students are given the support, resources and autonomy needed to achieve great things academically and personally. We’re a close-knit community offering the amenities and programs of a much larger institution. I can’t wait to see the impact you will have on the UIW community!

 

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Jessica De La Rosa

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: (210) 805-2543
E-mail: jsdelaro@uiwtx.edu

  • About Jessica:

    Jessica was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and is a product of Catholic school education from kindergarten through high school. In 2003, she moved to San Antonio and began her career working with both high school and college students in education. In December 2015, she graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development.

  • A word from Jessica:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Connectivity! There are so many opportunities for students to connect with other people on the UIW campus. In the process, you will develop your own connection to the school which will help you as you work toward your academic goals. I tell students all the time: get to know your professors and administrators, get involved, build those lasting relationships. College will be what you make of it; you’ll get out of it what you put in to it – so put your best foot forward! And if you’re not sure where to start, come see me, and I’ll be glad to help you!

  • Jessica recruits from:

    Alamo Heights High School

    Antonian College Prep High School

    Central Catholic High School

    Holy Cross High School

    Providence Catholic School

    St Anthony Catholic High School

    St. Gerard's Catholic High School

    St. Mary's Hall

    Incarnate Word High School

    Southwest Prep

    School of Science and Technology

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Johnny S. Garcia, Jr.

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: (210) 805-3554
E-mail: jsgarcia@uiwtx.edu

  • About Johnny:

    Johnny is a native of San Antonio, graduating from O.W. Holmes High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University. Johnny has over 10 years of admissions experience working with a range of students, including new freshman, transfer students, graduate and doctoral students. When he isn’t helping students reach their education goals, Johnny enjoys spending family time with his wife and three daughters.

  • A word from Johnny:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Enrichment! Through our quality graduate and doctoral programs students are able to achieve an advanced degree that will provide opportunities both personally and professionally.

  • Johnny recruits from:  

    Johnny recruits all students interested in a graduate program at the University of the Incarnate Word. View a list of available graduate programs at u iw.ed u/aca demic s.

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Oscar Salazar

Freshman Admissions Counselor 

Phone: (210) 805-3098
E-mail: osalazar@uiwtx.edu

  • About Oscar:

    Oscar was born and raised in Cotulla, Texas, and he is a graduate of Cotulla High School. In December of 2014, he graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. He is now pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education.

  • A word from Oscar:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Involvement! At UIW, the opportunities to get involved are endless! As a student at UIW, I was heavily involved in the UIW community and worked with several offices across campus. This allowed me to take on leadership roles in diverse groups and organizations, and it also allowed me to participate in study abroad trips to England, Spain, France, and Germany. I was able to make connections, develop professional relationships, and make long-lasting friendships. Not only does getting involved look good on a resume, but it also allows for a vast amount of networking opportunities. Thanks to UIW and its focus on growth, all students can make their college experience unique and fulfilling.

  • Oscar recruits from:

    Achievers Center

    Atonement Academy

    Brandeis High School

    Brennan High School

    Business Careers High School

    Clark High School

    Communication Arts High School

    Cornerstone High School

    El Paso area high schools

    Harmony Science Academy

    Health Careers High School

    Holmes High School

    John Jay High School

    Laredo area high schools

    Marshall High School

    Northside ISD

    O'Connor High School

    Rainbow Hills Baptist (now Legacy Christian Academy)

    Rio Grande Valley area high schools

    Sendero Christian High School

    Stevens High School

    Sunnybrook Christian High School

    Taft High School

    Texas Military Institute

    Warren High School

    Winston School

    Out of Texas:

    Alaska

    Connecticut

    Idaho

    Kentucky

    Maine

    Maryland

    Massachusetts

    Montana

    New Hampshire

    New York

    Ohio

    Oregon

    Rhode Island

    Vermont

    Virginia

    Washington

    Washington DC

    Wyoming

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TJ Tomasko

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-3572
E-mail: tomasko@uiwtx.edu

  • About TJ:

    TJ was born and raised in Boardman, Ohio. In 2008 he moved to Lufkin, Texas where he graduated from Lufkin High School. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018 with his Bachelors of Business Administration in Management with Business and University Honors.

  • A word from TJ:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Opportunity! Every student who comes to UIW has the opportunity to change the world. Whether it’s studying abroad, working on campus, or getting an internship from the Career Services Office, every student has the opportunity to do something unique and special.

  • TJ recruits from:

    Bandera High School

    Beaumont area high schools

    Boerne High School

    Boerne Champion High School

    Bracken Christian High School

    Canyon High School

    Canyon Lake High School

    Comfort High School

    Geneva School (Boerne)

    Gulf Coast area high schools

    East Texas area high schools

    Houston area high schools

    Ingram Tom Moore High School

    John Paul II Catholic High School

    Marion High School

    Navarro High School

    New Braunfels High School

    New Braunfels Christian Academy

    North of San Antonio area high schools

    San Marcos High School

    San Marcos Baptist Academy

    Seguin High School

    Smithson Valley High School

    Tivy High School

    Out of Texas:

    Arizona

    California

    Colorado

    Nevada

    New Mexico

    Oklahoma

    Utah

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Joey Bernal

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-1242
E-mail: jtbernal@uiwtx.edu

  • About Joey:

    Joey was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas where he graduated from Central Catholic High School. He graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2018.

  • A word from Joey:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Community! From day one, UIW students enter into a tight-knit community that is designed to help them excel both during their time here, as well as beyond. From my first day here, faculty and staff who have been here for a decade treated me as if I was here for as long as they have, and the stories they have told of their students show that everyone really cares.

  • Joey recruits from:

    Alameda (Henry Ford) Academy

    Austin area high schools

    Brackenridge High School

    Brooks Academy of Sci/Engineering

    Burbank High School

    Central Texas area high schools

    Cole (Ft Sam) High School

    Cooper Academy

    Corpus Christi area high schools

    Del Rio area high schools

    Devine High School

    Eagle Pass area high schools

    Edison High School

    Fox Tech High School

    Gateway Christian High School

    Harlandale High School

    Healy Murphy High School

    Highlands High School

    Jefferson High School

    Jubilee Academic Center

    Kennedy High School

    Keystone School

    KIPP University Prep High School

    Lanier High School

    Lutheran High School

    McCollum High School

    Medina Valley High School

    Memorial High School

    Milton B Lee Academy of Science  & Engineering

    Natalia High School

    Rick Hawkins Charter (School of Excellence) High School

    Sam Houston High School

    San Antonio School for Inquiry

    San Antonio ISD

    Somerset High School

    South San Antonio High School

    Southside High School

    Southwest High School

    St. Phillips Early College High School

    Stacey High School

    Travis Early College High School

    Waco area high schools

    Young Women’s Leadership Academy

    Out of Texas:

    Alabama

    Arkansas

    Florida

    Georgia

    Kentucky

    Louisiana

    Mississippi

    North Carolina

    South Carolina

    Tennessee

    Virginia

    West Virginia

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Victoria (Tori) Elizondo

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-3558
E-mail: velizond@uiwtx.edu

  • About Tori:

    Tori is from La Vernia, Texas and is a graduate of La Vernia High School. She graduated from Texas State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a concentration in International Relations.

  • A word from Tori:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Growth! UIW creates an environment that fosters growth whether it be academically, spiritually or personally. Getting involved on campus, excelling in a more personalized learning environment, or volunteering within the UIW community, are just some of the opportunities for students to take part of. When deciding which college is best for you, I urge you to choose the one that challenges you the most. In doing so, you will find your college experience not only fulfilling but rewarding as well!

  • Tori recruits from:

    Academy of Creative Education

    Allison Steele Enhanced Learning Ctr

    BASIS San Antonio - Shavano Campus

    Buckner Fanning School

    Christian Academy of San Antonio

    Christian Heritage School

    Churchill High School

    Clemens High School

    Dilley High School

    East Central High School

    Fall City High School

    Floresville High School

    George Gervin Academy

    Home Schooled

    International School of America

    Johnson High School

    Jourdanton High School

    Judson Early College

    Judson High School

    Judson Learning Academy

    La Vernia High School

    LEE High School

    Lytle High School

    MacArthur High School

    Madison High School

    Northeast ISD

    Pearsall High School

    Pleasanton High School

    Poteet High School

    Poth High School

    Randolph High School

    Reagan High School

    River City Believers Academy

    River City Christian School

    Roosevelt High School

    San Antonio Christian School

    Southwest Prep

    Steel High School

    Stockdale High School

    The Christian School at Castle Hills

    Town East Christian

    Trinity Christian Academy

    Wagner High School

    Out of Texas:

    Illinois

    Indiana

    Iowa

    Kansas

    Michigan

    Minnesota

    Missouri

    Nebraska

    North Dakota

    Ohio

    South Dakota

    Wisconsin 

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Maryssa Bustamante

Transfer Advisor (A-K)

Phone: (210) 805-3097
E-mail: mabustam@uiwtx.edu

  • About Maryssa:

    Maryssa is from Mercedes, Texas, and is a graduate of Mercedes High School. She graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development, and a minor in Sociology.

  • A word from Maryssa:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Network! As an alumna of the University of the Incarnate Word, I have learned the importance of building a rapport with both your peers and administrators. My success after college was greatly influenced by the relationships I had the privilege of forming during my time at UIW.

  • Maryssa recruits from:
    • All community colleges outside of San Antonio
    • Our Lady of the Lake University
    • Northeast Lakeview College (Alamo Colleges)
    • Northwest Vista College (Alamo Colleges)
    • Palo Alto College (Alamo Colleges)
    • San Antonio College (Alamo Colleges)
    • St. Philip's College (Alamo Colleges)
    • St. Mary's University
    • Texas A&M University San Antonio
    • University of Texas at San Antonio
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Victoria Sulaica

Transfer Advisor (L-Z)

Phone: (210) 805-3553
E-mail: sulaica@uiwtx.edu

  • About Victoria:

    Victoria was born and raised in Carrizo Springs, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Public Relations concentration.

  • A word from Victoria:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Success! Students can study abroad, join student organizations and give back through community service. Students, now is the time to make your mark and challenge yourself to be the best you!  

  • Victoria recruits from:
    • All community colleges outside of San Antonio
    • Our Lady of the Lake University
    • Northeast Lakeview College (Alamo Colleges)
    • Northwest Vista College (Alamo Colleges)
    • Palo Alto College (Alamo Colleges)
    • San Antonio College (Alamo Colleges)
    • St. Philip's College (Alamo Colleges)
    • St. Mary's University
    • Texas A&M University San Antonio
    • University of Texas at San Antonio