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 University of the Incarnate Word

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One of the leading comprehensive universities in Texas, University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), with a 154-acre main campus in the heart of San Antonio, has locations throughout South and Central Texas, two campuses in Mexico and a European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany.

UIW was founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Rooted in social justice and based on five tenets including education, truth, faith, service, and innovation, UIW’s mission is to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens.

Quick facts about UIW:

  •  UIW has a global enrollment of 10,700 (Spring 2016 - Census Data) students, making it the largest Catholic university, as well as the fourth largest private university, in Texas. The enrollment reflects the diversity of South Texas, as more than 60% of students are from racial or ethnic minority groups.
  • UIW is ranked number one nationally among faith-based universities in the conferring of bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, and number six nationally among all private, not-for-profit universities.
  • UIW is a Hispanic-Serving Institution under federal guidelines.
  • Average cost is $27,000 full-time tuition per year (2016-2017).
  • 95% of the students receive various financial assistance and 75% of the students depend upon financial aid.
  • The majority of UIW students are first-generation college attendees.
  • As part of its international efforts, UIW has agreements for reciprocal education with 123 universities in 40 countries. It also operates academic sites in Mexico City and Irapuato, Mexico, and Heidelberg, Germany.

History – Office of Research and Graduate Studies

The Graduate Studies division was established in 1950. In 2014-15, the unit was renamed the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS). In collaboration with administrators and faculty, ORGS is responsible for the leadership of the university’s research and post baccalaureate endeavors. General information and demographics are presented below:

  • UIW offers master’s degrees in 34 disciplines, the PhD in Education with three concentrations, the Doctor of Business Administration, and the PhD in Vision Science. In addition, the university grants doctoral degrees in five professional fields: nursing, optometry, pharmacy, osteopathic medicine, and physical therapy.
  • Of UIW’s total enrollment, 22% of the students are post-baccalaureate (total 2,390).
  • 56% of the post-baccalaureate students are enrolled in graduate, 36.4 % in professional, 7.7% in doctoral, and 2.3% in global programs.
  • Mirroring the regional population, UIW’s post-baccalaureate student body is composed primarily of ethnic minorities, particularly Hispanics: 64% of post-baccalaureate students come from minority groups.
  • Student demographics: 38% Hispanic, 30% white, 13% other minority, 9% Asian, 9% Black; and 6% non-resident alien. This student population reflects the ethnic diversity of the South Texas community. 58% of the post-baccalaureate students are female and 42% are male.
  • UIW is classified as Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs by Carnegie and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees.
  • Of the institution’s 300 full-time faculty members, 79% hold a PhD or a terminal degree in their field and 100 members participate in graduate and professional education.
  • Overall student to faculty ratio is 15:1.