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| As a graduate/alumnus of Incarnate Word, I can't recommend this school to anyone. To do so would be lying.|
In a quest to become the largest private school in Texas, Agnese seems content with imitating the University of Phoenix, in the process driving admissions standards so low that what existing credibility the University has is destroyed by its student body. Worse still, many of its graduates and top students realize this and regret attending. The admissions standards have been declining rapidly since the early 2000s, and at the moment are so low that the average entering SAT score is not just average, but significantly below average; according to the data at collegeboard.com, 47% of the school has a critical reading SAT within the 400-499 range. This range is the plurality of the school s SAT scores.
Such a situation is abominable. UIW admits 95% of students. UTSA admits 79%. And of those 95% admitted, many will not graduate. The collegeboard shows that only 43% of admitted students graduate within 6 years. In other words, an enormous percentage of that 95% drops out. By comparison, 80% of those who attend Trinity University graduate within 6 years. Whether UIW s graduation rate is due to motivation or because the school is comfortable failing a lot of its students, one must wonder; still, it would be interesting to see data on those who have graduated.
As an alumni, I seriously regret attending UIW for as long as I did. No matter my income level, I don't think I would ever be comfortable donating to UIW as an alumni. Which is just as well; UIW does not, and by the looks of its current student body, *will not* ever grow by donations. It is explicitly tuition-driven. This means that the school is comfortable accepting 95% of students who apply, even if less than half of those graduate and an even smaller percent of those should even be attending college.
UIW does have merits: bright professors, good facilities, and a lot of student-teacher opportunity. But the student body itself is irredeemable, so much so that I can't justify anything higher than a single star.Hopefully, once UIW has a Division 1 football team, Agnese will be comfortable raising the admissions standards to something more selective than accepting 90% who apply. Then again, with the track record of Agnese and the Board of Trustees in the past 25 years, this may be hoping for too much.
|Oct 23 2012|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2011 |
I transferred from a community college in New England to UIW. I didn't actually come down here for the school... (that would have been a terrible choice) I came down here after joining the Air Force. Anyway, I'm not going to go into detail about my background other than I'm an above average student.|
Ok, so here we go.
PARKING! -plan on getting at least 2 tickets your first semester. THEY LOVE to give out parking tickets. $60 a pop. Also plan on not having any parking available.
Professors - You're paying top money for a school that has half of their faculty teach at San Antonio College, and other community colleges in the surrounding area. 75% are crap that offer no help, and 25% are extremely good and deserve to be at a MUCH better school (Dr. Lewis, Philosophy)
Labs - I honestly don't understand why they even offer these classes to students. If you take A&P or BIO..etc, you're going to have to take a lab. On your schedule it'll say that their roughly 3 hours long. Plan on doing some UNINTERESTING busy work for about half hour with a professor who just finished their undergrad. absolute waste of time, and the easiest A you will ever get.
PRICE: Don't even get me started...perhaps if your grades are good enough check into some ivy league schools. You'll pay about the same as going to UIW.
FOOD: options are limited here. Chick-fil-a and the dining hall. The dining hall is about a 5/10.
SOCIAL SCENE: No comment, because there it doesn't exist.
There really aren't any besides the campus is kept in pretty good condition.
The only reason I'm still attending this school is because I have to be near Lackland, AFB and it's the only school in the area that has an accredited Athletic Training program.
Don't waste your time or money. Find something else...I hope this review helped!
|Sep 22 2012|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| Both my wife and I graduated in 1995 with degrees in Nuclear Medicine Science. There are no jobs within the entire state we reside and 1 job listing in Florida for 17.00/hr. We were promised high paying jobs in a high demand field. It's been 17 years and all we have to show for our education at Incarnate Word is $250,000.00 in student loans we'll never be able to pay off. Yet the school still graduates 20 students a year and will sue you if you talk bad about the school. In summation we got scammed. |
|Apr 17 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 1995 |