The University of the Incarnate Word was selected as one of the best regional universities in the west in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.

UIW earned the #63 spot in the exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide. The rankings are available at, and were published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report.

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News College rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

The U.S. News Best Colleges rankings 2012 edition are based on up to 16 key measures of quality. U.S. News uses these measures to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each college. The measures fall into seven broad categories: peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources (for example, class size); student selectivity (for example, average admissions test scores of incoming students); financial resources; alumni giving; and, only for national universities and national liberal arts colleges, graduation rate performance and high school counselor undergraduate academic reputation ratings.