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4 College Junior

Academics: I got really bored in the first classes, but I like that the upper division courses get more challenging, and professors are always there to help and know what they are talking about.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Like I have said before it is awesome. I love my major.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: It is awesome. My professors are so involved with making their students better not just pass or fail.

4 College Senior

Academics: The nutrition program is small in UIW and this field is scarce in this city. The professors are always willing to help.

4 College Sophomore

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

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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: Yes
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 43 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 44 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.

How often do you:    Based on 16 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 33% Jesse Borrego - actor from Dexter
  • 26% Ricardo Chavira - actor from Desperate Housewives
  • 22% David robinson
  • 19% Linda Stouffer - former CNN Headline News anchor

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 15 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 53% This was one of my top choices.
  • 27% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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