For the first time in the University of the Incarnate Word’s (UIW) history, enrollment has surpassed the 9,000-mark. The university’s global enrollment in the fall of 2012 reached a record-breaking 9,188 students. The enrollment figure includes more than 1,000 freshman students and over 700 students at UIW’s academic sites in Guangzhou, China and Mexico City, Mexico.

“This is a historic achievement for us,” said UIW President Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. “We continue to be one of the fastest growing universities in the state by offering innovative academic programs. It also shows the UIW brand is becoming better known each year, not just in South Texas but throughout the country and internationally.”

In 1985, enrollment at UIW was 1,298 students and increased to 3,702 by 2000. The 733 students the university has added this year would have been equal to about 60 percent of UIW’s total enrollment in 1985.

UIW offers 80 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, an increase from the 56 that were offered in 1985. The top 10 UIW programs based on headcount include nursing, pharmacy, biology, business administration, optometry, international studies, business management, psychology, organizational development-MMA, and organizational development-BA.