Academics

Location
San Antonio, TX
Undergrads
4,388
Tuition
$23,690
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My specific major has a lot of technology, hand drawing, hand and non-hand made projects.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics offered at school is diverse. The curriculum is very well thought of, the registration process as well, there are special study options around campus.

5 College Junior

Academics: My major is Graphic Design. Our program is very small. With each senior class around maybe fifteen students. The program is quite small as far as number of students and faculty, however this is a plus as each of us gains a lot of attention and critiques for our projects. We also get to know each other very well. The small size doesn't affect the quality. Students from our tiny program enter local, regional, and national design shows and competitions and win many times. The workload is strenuous though. Be prepared to work, a lot.

5 College Junior

Academics: I have had wonderful experiences with all the professors I've had. They have been knowledgeable, and take an interest in their students' educations. The small classes also have something to do with that. ;)

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Teachers are very helpful small community. We care about each other.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 89th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 200th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 313rd
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 338th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 345th
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paola Cardenas
Hometown
El Paso, TX
Major
Bilingual Communications
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The University of the Incarnate Word seems to excel in terms of education. According to many students, one of the best things about attending this school is the academics and the quality of education you will receive. With the small campus and the low student-to-teacher ratio, students are able to receive more personal attention and a better education. The professors know you by name and can greatly help you with your strengths and weaknesses as a student. Some professors may even help you with other University-related areas, such as finding a work study job on campus. The majority of the time, professors at UIW take interest in going the extra mile and helping out their students. Overall, the school work won't take over your life. As long as you manage your time wisely, finishing your work won't be a major part of your stress.

The environment of the classrooms varies depending on the professor. Some may be very engaging, while others are very relaxed. Some classes may even be a little too boring. Whatever the classroom's atmosphere, it is assured that you will receive a high-quality education. Not only will you learn the course material, but you will also learn important lessons that can be applied to your everyday life in the future.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
252
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
373
Total FT Faculty
253
Faculty with Terminal Degree
79%
Average Faculty Salary
$70,294
Full-Time Retention Rate
75%
Part-Time Retention Rate
37%
Graduation Rate
47%
Programs/Majors Offered
76
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • 20 to 49 students: 44%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
  • Fewer than 20 students: 55%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
  • Dreeben School of Education
  • Feik School of Pharmacy
  • H-E-B School of Business and Administration
  • Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing
  • School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
  • School of Media and Design
  • School of Optometry
  • Virtual University
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other: 6%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • Wellness
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
With all the new technology arising, online courses have become very popular. There are many courses that you can take online, such as college algebra. Teachers may be contacted through email or Wimba Pronto, where you can chat online with other classmates taking the courses.
Best Places to Study
The library
Tips to Succeed
  • Get your core classes done ASAP.
  • Go to class daily.
  • Hang out with people who are a good influence.
  • Manage your time wisely.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 42 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 43 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 42% Jesse Borrego - actor from Dexter
  • 25% Ricardo Chavira - actor from Desperate Housewives
  • 17% Linda Stouffer - former CNN Headline News anchor
  • 17% David robinson

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