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Webster University

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Established 1915
Type Private 4 Year
Endowment $75,000,000
Degrees Offered Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate
Dr. Neil J. George
Webster Grovers, Missouri
Campus Suburban
Enrollment Approx. 5,500 at home campus & 15,000 more at all other locations
Tuition & Fees $18,000
Room & Board $8,000
Sports 6 Men's Sports and 7 Women's Sports . Part of NCAA Division III
Colors Blue, Gold & White
Mascot The Gorlok

Webster University is located in the St. Louis Metropolitan area in the suburban community of Webster Groves, Missouri. The University was founded in 1915 by a Catholic womens organization known as the Sisters of Loretto. Originally called Loretto College, reflecting its founders, it was one of the first Catholic women's colleges located west of the Mississippi River. Male students were allowed to attend after the University became co-ed in 1962.

Although the main campus is located in St. Louis, Webster University has several other campuses across the country. There are also international campuses in London, England; Vienna, Austria; Geneva, Switzerland; Cha Am, Thailand; Leiden, the Netherlands, and Shanghai, China.

Webster has about 5,000 enrolled students at the main campus in Webster Groves and 15,000 worldwide. The University has an alumni of more than 100,000. The University serves both traditional students as well as adult learners.

Webster University is an important Center for the Arts and Arts Education in the St. Louis area. The University is home to one of the top Theater programs in the nation. (1) Webster's Loretto-Hilton Theater is home to The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. It also hosts the Webster Film Festival. Opera performances are accompanied by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra which trains at the University. Through a partnership between the St. Louis Symphony and Webster University, various joint programs are offered at the main campus, providing students with a great opportunity to learn music from some of the nations finest musicians.


Webster University faculty credentials, academic standing, and commitment to excellence have been widely recognized. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks Webster in the top tier of Midwestern Universities under the Masters category. (1) In 2002 Webster was recognized for its outstanding contributions to military education by the Council of College and Military Educators. Money magazine rated Webster University as one of the ten best commuter colleges in the United States.

With the opening of the Shanghai campus in 1996 Webster University became the first American university approved by the Chinese government to offer the M.B.A. in China. Webster is ranked as having one of the highest graduate business enrollments in the United States by AACSB International � The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Still operated by a board of trustees, the international university structures its programs to ensure that each student's education is a successful blend of theoretical and practical knowledge.

The small close-knit campus and the tradition of small class sizes at Webster enhances the learning experience. This allows students to receive good one on one attention from their instructors. Academic debate and the free exchange of ideas is encouraged. Instructors at Webster University are also accessible.


Webster University is organized into 5 schools

The College of Arts and Sciences

Webster Hall

The Webster University College of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual foundation of the University. With undergraduate and graduate programs in areas as diverse as nursing, international languages, and philosophy - to name a few - the College is building a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence in the arts and sciences.

Webster University's College of Arts & Sciences fosters free and rigorous intellectual inquiry among students and faculty in an atmosphere that respects differences in background, belief, and aspiration. We promote the values that ground an open, critically reflective, culturally diverse, and democratic society, and we prepare students to be active contributors to such a society.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in approximately 3 dozen specialties. Several Departments make up the College of Arts and Sciences, including, The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, The Department of Biological Sciences, English Department, The Department of History, Politics and International Relations, The Department of International Language and Culture, The Department of Nursing Department of Philosophy Department of Religious Studies, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Programs.

The Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts

Winifred Building

The College of Fine Arts offers numerous graduate and undergraduate degrees in approximately 2 dozen specific areas of study.

4 Main Departments make up the College of Fine Arts. They include the Departments of Art, Dance, Music, And Theatre Arts. The College also operates the Community Music School, which is used as a training center for young musicians from all over the region. The Community Music School of Webster University is part of The National Guild of Community Music Schools, which includes about 250 schools in cities across the country. In addition, The Community Music School is one of only 18 non-degree granting community music schools in the United States to have earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

The mission for the College of Fine Arts at Webster University is to provide students the artistic training, preparation, and scholarship necessary to achieve excellence in the arts as professionals. The faculty of the College of Fine Arts is composed of working professional artists and scholars who share a passion for teaching and who hold the belief that in a diverse and technologically advancing world, the arts serve as an expression of our culture's deeper value. The College's dedication to continuing its longstanding tradition as a center for quality creative expression, combined with the University's continuing commitment as a home of significant professional arts organizations, create the rich artistic, academic, and cultural atmosphere necessary to assure the success of our students in reaching their goals.

In order to ensure that the best opportunities are available to the students, significant partnerships are in place with the outstanding performing and visual arts organizations in the region. The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis are housed on campus and perform their seasons in the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts. The Saint Louis Gallery Association is headquartered in the Art Studio Building. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Dance St. Louis have curricular programs and offerings jointly offered with Webster. The presence of these outstanding arts organizations provides our students with day-by-day opportunities to understand the discipline and the demand for excellence that must be maintained at the highest level of achievement. The professionals working with these organizations are selected to be members of the faculty of artists that is the College of Fine Arts.

School of Business & Technology

Webster University�s list of graduate degree programs include the Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Management. The School of Business consists of 3 major departments- The department of Business, The Department of Management, and the Department of Math & Computer Science.

M.A. programs are available in 15 high-growth career fields ranging from finance and marketing to human resources management and telecommunications management.

The School of Business & Technology offers degrees in over 2 dozen specific areas of study.

Webster University believes in using faculty who have vital experience in the fields that they teach, and blends theory and practice with a hands on approach. The University also believes in educating from a global perspective and utilizes resources and ideas from all over the world. The experience of the Webster faculty is diverse and up to date. Their expertise ranges from foreign trade, international business, economics, finance, and marketing to computer science, human resources, telecommunications management, and e-commerce. Instructors are charting the future of business as published authors, leaders of prominent professional associations, sought-after consultants, and executives of prominent companies and organizations.

School of Communications

The School of Communications at Webster University operates with one goal in mind � to educate and prepare its students to excel as skilled professionals in a global field of communications.

To achieve this goal, the school takes a hands-on approach to learning. Students work with professional-grade media equipment as early as their freshman year. Internships connect students with more than 300 employers across the nation. And most students graduate with a professional portfolio in hand.

Sixteen distinct majors with different areas of emphasis are available at the undergraduate level, while the graduate program offers master's degrees in five diverse fields of communications.

School of Education

Loretto Hall

The School of Education at Webster University provides its students with the knowledge, experiences, and practical tools that enable them to guide both themselves and others toward lifelong learning. The School is a community of teacher-scholars who apply critical reflection and creative energies to enhance learning in schools and other educational settings. The faculty strives to do this by modeling effective teaching practices based on sound theory and research.

Within the School of Education students may pursue traditional education courses and activities, including supervised practical, independent studies, and reading courses, or explore issues in the field of educational philosophy, theory, and methodology through a variety of professional activities. Other options may include experiences in varied educational settings at Webster University's international campuses, conferences, study tours, Professional Development Schools, Student Literacy Corps, and other service learning opportunities and field experiences in inclusive schools, all of which prepare students for teaching in an increasingly diverse society.

Special Programs

The Holden Public Policy Forum See Here

The Success to Significance Series See Here

Study Abroad Program See Here

Volunteering and Community Service

Webster Works Worldwide See Here

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Webster Athletes

Webster athletes compete in over a half dozen sports and compete in local and regional collegiate leagues. The Athletic programs are part of the NCAA Division III system.

The Founders

Sisters of Loretto

Brief History . Their work: (Remember the nuns pictured in the historic Selma march? Well, they were among them). see the page "The Sisters Of Selma".

The Emerson Library

The Emerson Library

This state-of-the-art library features the latest in information technology � including multimedia facilities, a reference/electronic commons, an electronic classroom, and a 24-hour cybercafe.

The library also contains a collection of more than 200,000 volumes of monographs, rare books, periodicals, videos, and other resources.


Capacity: At least 700 people

Square feet: 71, 500

Floors: 4

Notable alumni

  • Grace Akumu - A leading African environmental advocate, Director of Climate Network Africa (CNA) & contributor to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore for its Climate Change work.
  • Dr. Carolyn Baum - A Leading Researcher in Occupational Therapy - Washington University in St. Louis
  • Sheila Baxter - Army General (retired) and member of the Webster Board. Listed among the 20 most powerful women by Newsweek magazine (2005 list). Also the first female General of the Army Medical Service Corps. One of a few Black women to earn the rank of General.
William Broad
  • John Boccieri - Former U.S. Congressman from Ohio (16th District).
  • William Broad - Reporter/ Pulitzer Prize Winner (Reporter who broke the story that led to Space Shuttle Challenger disaster controversy regarding the O-rings).
  • Bryan D. Brown - Army General and former commander of all U.S. Special Forces
  • Dennis D. Cavin - Division Vice Pres. for Lockheed and Retired Army General
Rocky Carroll
  • Eileen Collins - Legendary Astronaut/Air Force Colonel (ret). CNN Analyst.
  • Jonathan Dolan - Former Missouri State Senator
  • Dr. Jacqueline Gindler - a lead Researcher at the CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Known for her work on immunization, and for her internationally recognized research on impact of Folic Acid on Pregnancy/Birth defects.
  • Dave Gingerich - A top Lockheed Engineer part of several NASA projects including Mars Observer/Mars Global Surveyor, Stardust, Genesis, and Cassini-Huygens.
Eileen Collins
  • Jan Karnath - CEO Fontanelli Enterprises
  • A. Frank Lever III- Former Command Sergeant Major of the Army (National Guard). Held position of highest ranking enlisted member of the National Guard. The Active Duty Counterpart of this position is the Command Sergeant Major of the Army. The CSMA Website.
  • Jenifer Lewis - Actress - The Princess and the Frog, The Preacher's Wife, Corrina Corrina, Strong Medicine & more. Bio 2 3.
Marsha Mason
  • Joseph Mokwa- Former Chief of Police, St. Louis, Missouri
  • John M. Molino - VP of Wounded Warrior Project and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • Richard Newton- Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff/Chief of Operations, Pentagon (Joint Chiefs of Staff).
  • Bulelani Ngcuka - Prominent South African Politician and Anti-Apartheid Leader
  • Teresa Peterson - Air Force General (retired) and former head of the National War College.
Gen. Antonio Taguba
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Faculty & Staff

Notable Faculty

Leigh Gerdine

Past Commencement Speakers/Honorary Degree Recipients

  • Clark Terry - Musician & Educator
  • Nancy Pelosi - Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • President George H.W. Bush
  • Sportscaster Bob Costas
  • August A. Busch IV
  • Senator Bob Kerrey
Sulak Sivaraksa- Thai Faculty

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