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Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, UIW provides a high quality education to students pursuing academic degrees in more than 40 of today's high in-demand undergraduate programs while carrying on the original Mission of the Sisters.The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution that welcomes to its community persons of diverse backgrounds, in the belief that their respectful interaction advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization, and the common good.


The School of Professional Studies will provide high-quality, innovative, practitioner-oriented programs offered in a variety of delivery modes that emphasize excellence in teaching and service which involve active, engaging, challenging, and relevant learning experiences, so every adult learner seeking to maximize their personal and professional potential can participate effectively as contributing members of the local and global communities.UIW steeple main campus

University of the Incarnate Word

The University is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. It promotes life-long learning and fosters the development of the whole person. The faculty and students support one another in the search for and the communication of truth. The University is open to thoughtful innovation that serves ever more effectively the spiritual and material needs of people. The curriculum offers students an integrated program of liberal arts and professional studies that includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice and community service.

The core values of the UIW Mission are:

  • Faith

  • Service

  • Innovation

  • Truth

  • Education

Brief History

Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The first Sisters, three young French women motivated by the love of God and their recognition of God's presence in each person, came to San Antonio in 1869 to minister to the victims of a cholera epidemic. Today, their ministries in healthcare, education, elder care, and assistance to women and children make a difference in the communities and lives touched through their collective charism. Their spirit of Christian service is perpetuated in the University of the Incarnate Word primarily through teaching and scholarship. Inspired by Judeo-Christian values, the University aims to educate men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens.

The history of the University of the Incarnate Word begins in 1900 with the establishment of the Academy of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. As an extension of the mission of the Sisters of Charity, the core values of UIW’s mission are faith, service, innovation, truth and education. A historically Hispanic serving institution (HSI), UIW is committed to providing educational opportunities to a diverse population of students that spans from the United States, to China and on to Mexico. 

Read more about the history of the University of the Incarnate Word and the work of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

Alumni Mixer

Join us at the Alumni "Plus One" Connections Mixer held Thurs., October 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Piatti - Hotel Eilan. Door prizes, refreshments and cash bar.

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August SPS Newsletter

Catch up on the latest news, announcements and helpful information every month. August 2018 issue includes a word from the Dean and meet your advisors.

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