San Antonio, TX
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Reviews 988 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The overall scenery of the campus is beautiful, but some of the buildings are old. Some of the dorm rooms are a little outdated as well.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is pretty bad. The fines are very high, and they will give you a ticket for any violation without giving you a break. Arrive early to find decent parking.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Options are available if you know what's out there

1 College Sophomore

Parking: TERRIBLE! Goodluck after 8am & ticketing is unfair

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: On campus transportation at UIW is not the very best. I am thankful the school provides shuttle buses for students and staff. The school does not have to do that, however, the shuttles take quite a while, and often students will find themselves running late to class.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Near UIW on Broadway there are many places in which one can eat. Usually if you present your school id often times they give discounts. If one is not interested in a quick bite to eat, there is Central Market right next to campus for a healthier choice.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: As a biology major at UIW I am pleased with the courses I am undergoing. Although the classes are challenging, I am able to still grasp concepts and learn each day. UIW advisors and staff make it a point to help a student in any possible way they can. Whether its with a career, financial assistance or pure guidance they are open to be there for aid.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Almost all of the facilities in this school are completely up to date except the founding building.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are very few things to be concerned about except bicycle safety. Many bikes have been stolen, even if they have a lock.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are multiple places to hang out and get down to work if needed.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: With Bill Millers and McDonald's across the street. These are the medium cost restaurants within walking distance. There is the very healthy and organic Central market next door, which I personally love, but it is a bit pricey at times. Overall, there are a few more unhealthy, cheap restaurants down the road within 2-3 mile distance.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The shuttles are too small even though it is a small campus. I've heard that students have trouble getting to class on time or that they wait for long period of time for a shuttle to come. I have not had any bad experiences with the shuttles, but I wish they had shuttles that took us to nearby places off of campus.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Incarnate word is literally right next to central market which is like a higher end grocery store and they have hot foods and other food that are good for lunch time or on the go snacks!

3 College Student

Scholarships: the financial adviser didn't do anything special, except say to complete the FAFSA and look for scholarships. Not much guidance was provided.

4 College Student

Facilities: there's a rec center for working out that's really nice and our cafeteria is pretty neat too! inter-murals are a big thing on campus too and the students love it!

4 College Junior

Majors: The application process was fairly easy. Fill it out and write the application essay. For a theatre major however, you had to contact the theatre dept. office and talk with the chair of the dept. and schedule and audition. You may get into the school, but maybe not into the theatre dept. You have to do either a monologue or contrasting monologues(contemporary/classical, comedic/dramatic), they change the rules every now and then. If you are going in for the more technical aspect of theatre, have a portfolio of any work you have completed. For either part, be sure you have a resume (headshot preferred if you auditioning).

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: This school is located on a slightly ritzier side of town. About 3 or 4 places are affordable and within walking distance. You have to have a car, bike or ride the bus for some other places a mile or so down the road either direction. Everything else is kind of out of an average student's price range.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: We have the main cafeteria which has a variety of food, though sometimes the pastas are either over or undercooked. The fruit doesn't always look fresh either. Most of the other dining places on campus have a lot of fried stuff. But there is a smoothie place and a Starbucks which offer a few healthier options (yogurt, fruit, cereal, green tea, etc.). The food options are not the best, but I am sure they are a lot better than some other places.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity is pretty great! Though the school itself may not actually celebrate other cultures' holidays/celebrations, there are usually events held on campus to expose others students to the different cultures' food, music, traditions, etc. Going to these activities also is a great means of meeting new people you may otherwise not meet!

4 College Junior

Weather: Well, it's south Texas, so it's hot for the first several months. The rain is if-fy. If there is rain, or just humidity, the mosquitos are annoying. But it feels quite nice when it starts to get cooler and there is a nice breeze.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: On campus there are about four shuttles running which circulate the campus. It's a generally small campus, but the shuttles still seem to be a bit unreliable for getting to class on time. There are bus stops located around the campus which help out a lot if you don't have a vehicle.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus police department can be pretty ridiculous at times. Once my friend received a parking ticket that clearly stated another car model than the one he had. This put a hold on his account and delayed his registration all because of a completely avoidable mistake.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is impressive around Incarnate Word. There are multiple shuttle buses that constantly roam around campus to fins anyone that needs a lift. There do not only have specific stops but also are kind enough to pick you up if you call to their attention on your way to class.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Incarnate Word is set apart from other schools because of it's social scene and campus life. No one is ever far from a helping hand or a simple smile. There is always something going on at the circle or Marian's Hall. Also, UIW offers incredible studying abroad prgrams. For example, going to Europe for a semester, whether it be France or Italy. With these kind of opportunities my options in life are never limited.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: All the facilities at Incarnate Word University are wonderful. The library is easy to find, offers plenty of reading material and fast working computer access. There is also fast food available on campus, in case the food at Marian's Hall gets a bit repetitive. The student life center is a place where one can go relax, work or hang out and play games; serving as a positive distraction from daily routines. Nature surrounds the whole campus; we have running trails that run through woods and a river bed that gets full when we get enough rain. It's a beautiful school filled with amazing student fundraisers and great football games.One is never left with nothing to do at Incarnate Word University.


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Paola Cardenas
El Paso, TX
Bilingual Communications
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The University of the Incarnate Word has so much to offer. From the academics and excellent professors to the life-long friendships, you will not look back and regret coming to UIW. Most of the students really enjoy their experience at UIW. The friendships formed here usually last through college and beyond. There are also more genuine friendships since UIW is a small school, and keeping in contact with fellow classmates is very easy because you see the same people almost daily. UIW is a very diverse school, so it is like a "small world." The memories formed at UIW are endless.

The education is top-of-the-line, as it thoroughly prepares each student to excel in his or her desired field of study. The smaller atmosphere allows for more personal attention for each student. The relationships between students and teachers is very strong, and professors know students by their names because of the low student-to-teacher ratio. Sure, you will hear complaints here and there, whether it be about residence life or the cafeteria food, but keep in mind that everyone has different tastes, and nothing is perfect. Overall, students are very satisfied with their education at UIW and all that it brings them not only while they are in school but after they graduate as well. Professors and advisers make sure that their students are more than prepared for their careers and for whatever life may bring in the future.

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