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1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.


Private, Catholic, Co-educational. 39% of students are Catholic.


UIW, with a beautiful, 154-acre main campus in the heart of San Antonio, has locations throughout San Antonio, South and Central Texas, two campuses in Mexico and a European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany.

Classroom Experience

  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1


Nearly 90 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations.


  • 10,984 students (including Extended Academic Programs and Mexico City), and approximately 6,241 of those students make up the main campus population.
  • 60% of UIW are female and 40% are male.
  • Student demographics:
      • 53% Hispanic
      • 22% White
      • 7% African American
      • 7% Other
      • 6% Non-Resident Alien
      • 4% Asian
      • 1% Two or more races

Fall 2015 Freshmen Profile

  • Average GPA: 3.45
  • Average SAT exam score of admitted students (math and verbal combined): 964.7
  • Average ACT exam score of admitted students: 20.3
  • Number of Fall 2014 Freshmen Applications: 4,051
  • Fall 2014 Main Campus Freshman Class: 906 students

Cost (2016-2017)

  • $27,000 full-time tuition per year
  • $30,098 off-campus estimate for tuition and fees per year
  • $41,978 on-campus estimate for tuition and fees per year


  • Freshmen scholarships for full-time students range from $8,000 to $12,000 per year
  • Freshmen from Catholic high schools receive an additional $2,000 per year
  • Transfer scholarships for full-time students range from $6,000 to $10,000 per year. In addition, each Phi Theta Kappa member will be awarded $2,000 per year.
  • Alumni from UIW may nominate a first-time, full-time student for a one-time $1,000 McCracken Alumni Referral Scholarship. December 1 and February 1 are the deadlines for Spring and Fall terms respectively.

Financial Aid

  • 95% of students receive some form of financial assistance
  • 79% of students demonstrate need
  • Gift aid packages are approximately $16,037 per year (for those who demonstrate need).

How to apply

Create a GoUIW account to complete your application here, or submit an application through

UIW Main Campus By the Numbers

  • Undergraduate population: About 4,536 students
  • Housing: 10 residence halls (singles, doubles, triples, suites, and apartments). 42% of freshmen live on campus. Approximately $11,880 per year for room and meal plan.
    Priority deadline is May 1st. 
  • Campus Mission: Supporting the core values of Faith, Truth, Service, Innovation, and Education

Colleges and Schools: 

  • College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • H.E.B. School of Business and Administration
  • School of Media and Design
  • Dreeben School of Education
  • School of Math, Science, and Engineering
  • Rosenberg School of Optometry (Professional School)
  • Feik School of Pharmacy (Professional School)
  • School of Physical Therapy (Professional School)
  • School of Osteopathic Medicine (Professional School)
  • Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions (Undergraduate & Professional School)


14 sports for men and women. NCAA Division I, Southland Conference

  • Men: Football, basketball, indoor & outdoor track and field, cross country, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, baseball, fencing and soccer.
  • Women: Basketball, indoor & outdoor track and field, cross country, golf, swimming & diving, synchronized swimming, tennis, softball, soccer, fencing, and volleyball.

Cheer, dance, and spirit teams.

Mascot: Red the Cardinal

School Colors: Red, White, and Black

Clubs and Organizations

  • 94 organizations, 15 intramural / recreational teams, 12 Greek Organizations.
  • Campus Ministry, Honors Program, UIW newspaper: The Logos, UIW media: KUIW radio & UIWtv, Performing Ensembles: Army ROTC & Air Force ROTC & more!

Student Services

Career Services, Student Disability Services, First Year Engagement, Learning Assistance Center, (tutoring and testing services) TRiO, Advising Center.

Study Abroad

UIW Students can study abroad in nearly 140 "sister schools" in a variety of 44 countries while earning academic credit hours towards their degree. Various countries include China, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Brazil, England, Germany, France, and Thailand.