University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, TX, USA

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University of the Incarnate Word
3.93 Average Rating

Stephanie from San Antonio, TX

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
the university of the incarnate word is a catholic and private university. there are as well many students that go to the university with different religions. this university promotes students to study abroad so the students can expand their world knowledge.
Tips for prospective students
for prospective students, in my views this university encourages students to become internationally aware and basically teaches students to be open with other cultures and religions. the staffs and professors are very kind and helpful.
Academic Rigor
this university rates among one of southwest's top liberal arts schools. the u.s. news and world report ranked incarnate word 59th in its 2011 edition of best colleges in regional universities.
Dorm Life
i do not live in the dorms but i always hear that they are very comfortable and nice.
Food and Dining
the university provides vary types of foods on campus and their are several restaurants outside of the campus
What to do for fun
the university offers many fun events from movie nights to cultural events. there is always something new on campus.
Bang for the buck
incarnate word is a private and catholic university the campus focuses on both spiritual and educational development and growth for their students.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
i like to spend my time in the main building since it is the first building establish in 1881.
Great for these types of students
students who enjoy historical places or museums this is the university to go. there are many tourist attractions like the witte museum, the mcnay art museum, the san antonio botanical gardens, brackenridge park,san antonio zoo and the japanese tea gardens. there are more fun places around the university.
Clubs and Activities
there are several clubs on campus like the history club, asian studies club, inter-faith organization, political science club. and many more.
Greek Life
greek life is great!
Campus Safety
the university is very safe. when their are student who take late at night classes their are officers to walk the student to the parking if the student asks. throughout campus it is safe and bright with lights.
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James from Odessa, TX

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The dorms are expensive. The food is pretty good. The staff is very helpful.
Tips for prospective students
The parking lots get clogged around 5pm. Avoid driving around then.
Academic Rigor
The professors, at least the in-house ones, are great. They really know their stuff.
Dorm Life
It's serviceable and classes are easily in walking distance.
Food and Dining
Pretty good
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Morrissey from San Antonio, TX

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Incarnate Word is a friendly, and humble university. It's very multicultural and has students from all over the world. The resources here for your education are plentiful.
Tips for prospective students
Take advantage of your breaks between classes. Study! Study! Study!
Respect and interact with your professors, you may want to ask for a reference one day.
Food and Dining
Food is delicious. Food is always hot to the tongue. Pizza seems hand-made and is a delight.
What to do for fun
Their is a game room, it includes pool tables and ping pong. A gymnasium is also available.
Greek Life
Supportive of the community and the people in need. Great organizations here in UIW.
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Macy from San Antonio, TX

a current student here
12 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The best part about this school is that you learn a lot here. The professors here are amazing in helping you with your work. They know your name and your not just a number. They know what your good at and exactly what you need help in. Not only academics but also the faculty, staff, and even workstudies are so helpful when it comes to your needs. If at anytime you feel that you need help from someone else besides the professors we have a learning assistance center on campus that is available to student in need of tutoring weather it be math science or even music. There is someone there for every subject. Not once did i ever come out disappointed.
Am enjoying being here
I love being at the school! The school has a very friendly enviornment and everyone is very nice. I love the fact that it is a small school because im not a big fan of driving to my class or getting lost as well. Here you park once and thats it everything else is walking distance buildings are all close together. which is great for people who are like me. Also the students and staff/faculty always let you know about upcoming events which happens alot during the year from dances, fundraisers, haunted houses and volunteer work.
Tips for prospective students
My main tip That I give to students who are intrested in coming here is to live on campus. I live 15 min away fromt he school and I live on campus! Its much more convienient to live her plus you become more involved when you do so. Another tip is to become more involved at first i was scared to but being on the dance team has helped me with school stress and my health. Because in a way it forces you to pass your classes. Plus you learn how to manage your time.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for anyone who likes the warm feeling and likes things close and in the palm of their hand.
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Matthew from San Antonio, TX

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Yes, all my teachers are very helpful and always available to help me. My teachers have giving me their numbers and emails so that if i miss a certain thing in class, they can call me and email me the notes or PowerPoint's and i am able to send my homework to them as well.
Am enjoying being here
I love the campus and the new friends i have made. i only wish to have lived on campus. It has a great community, that everyone can adapt to.
Bang for the buck
Everything is the way it should be, they really help you out with tuition and financial aid. they work with you as much as you need the help.
Tips for prospective students
Look for scholarships and get involved with the campus, it has great things to offer.
Great for these types of students
Its a good small size campus, that has much to offer to everyone. it's not too big or too small, you get to know everyone and your teachers. its a great place with lots of opportunities.
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Janet from San Antonio, TX

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Overall the University is great, because it is smaller more people get involved so it is welcoming. Academically it is great, a student receives an education they should be proud of. Anyone would be happy with this amazing school.
Tips for prospective students
When going to this school make sure you are financially stable because it can get a tad bit expensive with books and other fees. Also have good study habits since managing school and a social life can start to drain you quickly.
Academic Rigor
The classes are tough, but that means and education you can boast about. The nursing school is a great, prestigious program as well as other programs within the University.
Dorm Life
You are of course assigned a resident assistant to your floor. the role of this person is to help you with issues in your dorm as well as school. they have to make events so people on their floor will have a good time and interact with each other. A great way to make friends and connection is to live on campus.
Food and Dining
The food is a little overpriced for the quality it is at and the Cafe is closed on holidays so it is difficult to eat sometimes.
What to do for fun
There are a plethora of organizations on campus and ways to get involved. We do have our own sports teams and even inter-murals for people to compete in. Everyday there is something to do and San Antonio does offer it's own nightlife also.
Bang for the buck
The school is a little too pricey but if you can afford it go because you will enjoy every minute, even the I just want to give up on trying to fit all this information in my head moments.
Clubs and Activities
We do have a Campus Activities Board to have events for people going to Incarnate every semester and every educational department has a club you can join.
Greek Life
Greek life is amazing, with four soroities and three, soon to be four, fraturnities there is a great diversity. all of the greeks are incredibly active and love to get there letters out.
Campus Safety
The small private University tucked away on the edge of Alamo Heights, an affluent neighborhood in San Antonio, could not get more safe. Some students like to be trouble makers but the campus police and the RAs are there to help any time.
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Susan from Houston, TX

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors here are definitely knowledgeable and are always happy to help you understand anything you might not. The small class sizes also contribute to how much individual attention you get from your professors, both inside and outside class. Even in the core classes that everyone has to pass to graduate, the classes are no larger than twenty-five students. I feel incredibly intellectually stimulated!
Am enjoying being here
I enjoy the academic aspect of this school, however, being an atheist at a Catholic school is not easy. While UIW is generally much more liberal and accepting of viewpoints and ideas that conflict with Catholicism or Christianity than schools like University of Dallas, or Houston Baptist University, it can still be difficult to find a group of students who share your views if you are agnostic or atheist, or if some aspect of you conflicts with Catholicism or Christianity. There is, however, a small LGBTQIA support group on campus called StandOUT Alliance, and there will be a Students for Choice (pro-choice) club as well this coming semester. I am happy with the level of diversity and multiculturalism here, in regard to the student as well as faculty and staff populations.
Bang for the buck
You pay slightly more than you would for a relatively popular state university because UIW is a private, but the small class sizes and quality of education are worth it. The number of resources available to students is also something that you pay for that is worth it, if you take advantage of the Wellness Center (equipped with exercise equipment) and the Learning Assistance Center (tutoring center).

I have only two complaints. I take issue with some of the practices of the administration. There is a fair amount of bureaucratic red tape that you will face, but I get the impression that most universities have this issue and that it is something you just have to deal with almost anywhere you decide to attend.

Lastly, I feel that I am charged too much for the food and snacks here. The snacks are overpriced, and the meal plan charges would be more reasonable if the cafeteria offered both healthy as well as comfort food options side by side on a more consistent basis. Sometimes I will walk into the cafeteria and don't see very many or even any healthy meal options, but you can more often than not find something healthy to eat. There is a small vegetarian section for those of you who don't eat meat, but it is not always stocked.
Tips for prospective students
If you need high levels of intellectual stimulation like I do, join the Honors Program. The classes are more challenging and intimate, and it looks marvelous on a resume.

Live on the main part of campus, even if your hometown is San Antonio. This allows you to focus more on your studies and is much more convenient. Commuters aren't allowed to park on main campus and have to park in a parking garage on the hill behind the football field, which forces them to walk or take the university shuttle down to the main part of campus. I have lived on campus, one semester on main campus and one semester in a dorm on the hill. The hill dorms cost much more and are not close to your classes. Live on main campus -- it's easier. If you do choose to live on the hill, though, you will still benefit. Some dorms on the hill offer private baths and are also newer and nicer but are more expensive. If you would like a compromise between the benefits of private bath as well as closeness to you classes, the on-campus apartments are probably for you.
Great for these types of students
Students who are Catholic or Christian, immensely interested in learning, who need individual attention, and who would prefer a learning community that is smaller and more intimate.
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Jessica from Sherwood, AR

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
This is the best valued school for being a private institution. I have very small class sizes where the professors know me by name. The professors are all genuine and want their students to succeed and there are various things on campus such as the LAC (learning assistance center) that have students who have excelled in classes that are willing to help you succeed too.
Am enjoying being here
I love being away from home, as I am originally from Arkansas. There is alot to do on campus and in the city in general. It seems every week there are on campus activities ranging from making smores to pj parties showing movies to help students get away and relax.
Bang for the buck
Incarnate Word is a very expensive school, I would not recommend it however to students who will not make use of their very expensive education.
Tips for prospective students
Network!!! Go to the meetings for various clubs, even if you do not intend on joining. This is how you learn to meet alot of people. Join a sports team, teammates are like automatic family and really help you during your first year of college. Coaches also serve as mentors to give you much needed advice. Dont' be shy, ask questions and get to know classmates. You never know when the dork next to you will be your key to passing a class!
Great for these types of students
Athletes and Nursing majors!
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Amber from San Antonio, TX

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I admire how UIW staff isn't seen as the typical old college professors but adults that understand what students are going through and try their best to help us all succeed.
Am enjoying being here
Any student can say UIW's students are like one big family, campus life is always live and never has any bad reputations to say about it.
Bang for the buck
I appreciate how much money UIW helps me save, I pay about half my full tuition price here. As long as you meet Financial Aid half way they are always willing to help.
Tips for prospective students
This is a great educational environment to be and live in. School is very involved in sports and students lives to make it enjoyable and spirit is always increasing.
Great for these types of students
Good for students who like a small campus and love being able to connect with their religion on campus.
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Miguel from San Antonio, TX

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
man i am taking my music courses and I'm telling you i could not ask for better professors.small class room setting so you do get that one on one. I mean I'm taking core so its all great i mean every class is small and every single teacher i have had has just been so awesome in helping and i mean they get you are in college so they don't treat you like a kid the treat you like adults and humans so i love it here
Am enjoying being here
i really enjoy it here. i mean at any college you need to get involved in stuff so you can enjoy it. i am in the marching band the jazz band i am a DJ for the radio station on campus and through all that i have met some awesome people. I man the atmosphere were i have been has been awesome we all get along we laugh and joke in class and the teachers even join in on it so its really fun. we have cool events i mean recently he had jello wrestling and a stand up comedian come its really just so much fun
Bang for the buck
you get what you paid for really its that good. I mean i got everything paid for with out any loans but i mean it came from scholarships the school offered and they have many ways to help you to pay things and i mean Yeah its expensive but i mean you do learn alot and i mean honestly its worth it
Tips for prospective students
i honestly didnt fell the need to live on campus i mean i have to drive 30 minutes everyday to go to school but i mean at home i have things in control so thats like few things to worry about i mean its your choice i just found it easier to stay at home and its really a good school and its easy to get into the way of things cuz they really help you out alot when you first come in and its just fun and thats what the whole fell is have fun but still get an awesome education
Great for these types of students
i honestly recommend anyone to come to UIW i mean only thing is the cost but it is worth it 100% i tell everyone just get the stuff in and do whatever it takes with scholarships and fiancial aid you will have enough and its really a great school to go to
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