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The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is located just south of the Alamo Heights neighborhood of San Antonio, Texasmarker. It is a private Catholicuniversity located on with notable campus extensions in the People's Republic of Chinamarker also called "China Incarnate Word" and in Mexicomarker called the "Centro Universitario Incarnate Word. The University has over 93 Sister schools around the world and its study abroad program is unmatched in the San Antonio area. One of the more popular programs is the John Cabot University study abroad program in Rome, Italy. As of Fall 2009, the university was the largest Catholic university and the fourth largest private university in the state of Texasmarker.
Incarnate Word was founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word who came to San Antonio at the request of Bishop Claude Dubuis. They founded several schools, hospitals, and academies.

The University is home to the Feik School of Pharmacy, the AT&T Math, Science, & Engineering center, The Dreeben School of Education, The H.E.B. School of Business, The Christus Santa Rosa Nursing School, and the School of Interactive Media & Design. The University also participates with E-Army-U, the U.S. Army's online portal for e-learning, and offers the Universe Online program for online adult education.

The University also operates an all-girls high school, Incarnate Word High Schoolmarker, as well as a co-educational high school, St. Anthony Catholicmarker. It also operates two Elementary schools, St. Anthony's and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles, through its brainpower connection program.

Newly constructed buildings include the Pharmacy school and the "Hillside" dormitory, opened in fall of 2007. The Tom Benson Field House and Stadium, the Hillside II dormitory and the new Ancira Tower parking garage opened and were dedicated in fall of 2008. The remodeling of the Fine arts building, Administration building, and Construction of a new Student Center are scheduled to begin in 2009. An Optometry School is slated to open in the 2009-2010 year. The school itself will be constructed in the Medical Center.

The Cardinals at the University of the Incarnate Word will being playing American football in the fall of 2009; it will be the only NCAA Division II team in the San Antonio metropolitan area.

History

UIW was founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, who came to San Antonio in 1869 to assist with treating a cholera outbreak. The order follows the Augustinian rule. The institution began as the Incarnate Word School in 1881 and was originally chartered as a college for women. It became fully coeducational in 1971. The university first became accredited in 1925 and its accreditation was reaffirmed in 2005 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Campuses

The university has five campuses: The main campus in north central San Antonio, satellite campuses at the South Texas Medical Center and Goodyear, Arizona, UIW Mexico in Mexico City, and UIW China in Guangzhou.

UIW campus sign seen from Broadway Street.


Athletics

UIW's synchronized swimming team placed in the 2006 U.S. Collegiate Championships.

UIW men's and women's soccer teams continue to also be nationally recognized winning many of the Heartland Conference championships.

UIW men's Cross Country, for the first time in school history, placed first in the 2008 Heartland Conference meet with a score of 29 points, 32 points ahead of second place; 6 of the members were All-Conference.

The UIW men's Cross Country defended their 2008 Heartland Conference win in 2009; they won with a score of 26 points, 27 points ahead of second place. In addition, Shayn Weidner won the race individually and became the first Cardinal man to ever do so. 6 of the members were All-Conference: Shayn Weidner - 1st; Howard Gill - 3rd; Adrian Carillo - 6th; Solomon Rotich - 7th; Robert Hawes - 9th; Chris Flores - 10th.

Notable Alumni-

Ricardo Chavira, Actor from "Desperate Housewives"

References

  1. Incarnate Word named Texas' largest Catholic university - San Antonio Business Journal:
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  4. University of the Incarnate Word Athletics - Synchronized Swimming
  5. University of the Incarnate Word Athletics - Men's Cross Country
  6. University of the Incarnate Word Athletics - Men's Cross Country


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