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*Due to the high volume, application review and  processing may take up to three weeks. Contact the Office of Admissions at (210) 829-6005 with any questions related to your application

Please select a question below:

What do I need to submit for admission? 
What does UIW consider for admission? 
- When Should I Apply?
What courses do I need from high school to be considered for admission?
I've been denied admission; how do I appeal? 


What do I need to submit for Admission?

First-time Freshmen:

  • Completed Application for Admission.

  • High School Transcript - Must reflect grades for all classes completed by time of application.

  • SAT and/or ACT scores. (An official report must be received from the testing center. You can request your score be sent to UIW by listing our code when you register for the exam. Our code for the SAT is 6303, and ACT is 4106).

  • G.E.D. scores (if applicable). If you have achieved the General Equivalency Diploma, an official score report must be submitted.

  • AP/Achievement or CLEP Test Score (if taken)

  • Dual credit transcripts (if taken).

Optional items:

  • Letter(s) of Recommendation

  • Campus Interview/Visit

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to verify the transferability of credits earned at UIW to the degree granting institution.

Re-Admission: Students who stop out of the university for at least one long (fall or spring) semester and wish to return must submit the following:

  • Completed Application for Re-admission

  • College Transcripts (An official record of any and all college-level work completed since you last attended UIW) 

For more information regarding re-admission to UIW click here.

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What does UIW consider for admission?

There are a variety of factors considered during the admissions process. They are listed in descending order by importance:

First-time Freshmen:

  • High school course difficulty

  • High school grade point average (g.p.a.)

  • Class rank

  • SAT / ACT scores

  • Leadership potential

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Letters of recommendation 

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When should I Apply?

UIW encourages you to complete your application and submit all needed documents quickly to ensure the best course selection available. With a complete application file, decisions are generally made within three to four weeks.

First-Time Freshmen: Prospective freshmen are encouraged to apply by February 1st, however applications from qualified students are reviewed on a continuous, or rolling basis throughout the year for the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters. Please note, applying earlier ensures the timely processing of financial aid, course registration, and orientation.

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What courses do I need from high school to be considered for admission?

A minimum 16 Carnegie units of work in high school including the following:

  • Four units of English

  • Three units of mathematics (algebra I, II and geometry)

  • Three units of natural science

  • Three units of social science

  • One unit of the fine arts 

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I've been denied admissions; how do I appeal?

Applicants denied admission to the University may appeal the decision by completing the appeal process. Appeals will be reviewed by appropriate administrators that may include the Dean of Student Success, Dean of Enrollment, Director of the University Advising Center and University Provost.

Admission Decision Appeal Process:

  • Download and complete the Appeal Process Form (Adobe Acrobat PDF, free reader required).

  • Submit any new information (updated GPA, increased class ranking, letters of recommendation, new SAT/ACT scores) that may support your appeal.

  • Attach a typed letter indicating the circumstances to be considered in reviewing your appeal.

  • Return the completed form, letter of appeal, and any new relevant information to the Office of Admissions at the address below. Documents should be mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered in one packet.

University of the Incarnate Word – Office of Admissions
4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209
(210) 829-6005 or 1-800-749-9673
FAX (210) 829-3921

Upon receipt of information, appeal will be reviewed within 10 days, and you will be notified in writing of the final decision.

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Notes for Students Who Have Already Been Accepted

Accepted students must submit an official transcript with their date of graduation and final GPA prior the start of the semester of enrollment. Sealed official transcripts may be mailed or hand-delivered to the Admissions Office, or students may submit official transcripts electronically. UIW's code to request transcripts electronically is 003578).

View your next steps for enrollment here.


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