The University of the Incarnate Word is a private institution of higher education, located in San Antonio, and serves as one of Texas’ leading comprehensive universities. Established in 1881 as the Incarnate Word College, the school was founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as a center of higher education for young women. In 1919 the school was admitted into membership with the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and one year later joined the Teas Association of Colleges as a senior college. By 1950 the College had added its Graduate Studies division and in 1970 the first male students were admitted into undergraduate programs. In 1996 the school adopted its current name of the University of the Incarnate Word. Today, the University is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is the largest Catholic university in Texas as well as the fourth-largest university in the state.
Academic ProgramsThe University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925. The University of the Incarnate Word’s aim is to “educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens within the global community.” Committed to the cultivation and development of the whole person and to the values of life-long learning, both students and faculty at the University of the Incarnate Word seek to “support each other in the search for and communication of truth, thoughtful innovation, care of the environment, community service, and social justice.”
The University of the Incarnate Word offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate fields of study and is made up of several colleges and schools, including the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, the Dreeben School of Education, the Feik School of Pharmacy, the H-E-B School of Business and Administration, the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, the School of Extended Studies, the School of Research and Graduate Studies, the School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering, the School of Media and Design, the School of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Physical Therapy, and the Rosenberg School of Optometry.
Student LifeThe University of the Incarnate Word has a total enrollment figure of more than 8,500, including nearly 6,500 undergraduate students. More than 60% of students come from a racial or ethnic minority group and nearly 15% of the student body is made up of international students who hail from some 70 nations. The University guarantees housing to all new, first-year students and offers student housing through its several residence halls. The University’s main campus is located in the Midtown Brackenridge district of San Antonio on 154 acres.
A variety of student clubs and organizations are recognized by the University of the Incarnate Word which cater to a wide range of academic, professional, spiritual, social, and recreational interests and allow students to build friendships and connect with fellow students outside of the classroom. As an NCAA Division I-AA school, the University of the Incarnate Word’s varsity athletic teams compete in the Southland Conference.