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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.

Department Mission


To provide educational excellence to diverse populations through programs that foster the development of every stakeholder to achieve their goals.UIW steeple main campus

We believe in:

  • God, our creator and divine savior
  • Dignity and worth of every person’s unique abilities
  • Cultural diversity that enriches the learning experience of all students
  • Learning as a lifelong process, which includes the continuing development of honesty, integrity and moral values
  • Superior customer service, individual accountability and enthusiastic team work
  • An environment that encourages open communication, celebrates individual achievements, and strives to exceed expectations.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2016-17 Best Online Business Administration Degrees (Ranked #29/50)
  • 2016 Best Online Colleges in Texas by College Choice (Ranked #5/25)
  • 2014 Military Times Best for Vets: Business Schools (Ranked #3)
  • 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media
  • 2013 CAEL Institutional Service Award
  • 2013 Best for Vets: Colleges by Military Times (Ranked amongst top 10 schools-#9)
  • 2013 Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities by Military Advanced Ed (Ranked #41)
  • 2013 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (Ranked #41) by U.S. News & World Report (U.S. News)
  • 2013 Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media
  • 2013 #3 Online Schools among Teaching Practice and Student Engagement and #10 among Faculty Credential and Training by U.S. News & Word Report (U.S. News)
  • 2013 Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media
  • 2012 One of the 25 best online colleges and universities by SuperScholar


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.
 

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