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Webster University
Webster Logo.jpg
Established 1915
Type Private, four-year
Chancellor Dr. Neil George
President Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble
Faculty 15:1 student-faculty ratio; 184 full-time, 1,538 adjunct [1]
Location Webster Groves, Missouri, USA
Campus St. Louis main campus 47 acres [1], plus more than 100 others globally
Colors Navy, gold, and white
Nickname Webster
Mascot Gorlok
Athletics Division III (NCAA), 7 Men's Sports, 7 Women's Sports
Website http://www.webster.edu

Webster University is an American private university in Webster Groves, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Webster University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[2]

Webster operates as an independent, non-denominational university with more than 100 campus locations around the world, including Webster University Thailand, Webster University Vienna, Regent's American College London, Webster University Geneva and Webster University Leiden. It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide array of disciplines, including the liberal arts, fine and performing arts, teacher education, business and management.

In Fall 2008, the university enrolled about 21,000 students (15,832 graduate students; 4,887 undergraduate students) around the globe who range from traditional college-age students to adult learners. They represent 49 states and more than 150 nationalities.[1]



Webster University (2007) by Matthew Black

Colleges include: the College of Arts & Sciences, the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, the School of Business & Technology, the School of Communications, and the School of Education.



Webster University is accredited by:

Student Body

Webster University in the Fall 2008 enrolled 4,887 undergraduate students and 15,823 graduate students[11]. The average SAT composite score for the undergraduate class was 1,194. The average ACT composite score was 24. Students come from 49 states and more than 122 countries.


It was founded in 1915 by the Sisters of Loretto as Loretto College, and as a Catholic women's colleges. The first male students were admitted in 1962. The Sisters of Loretto transferred the university to a Board of Directors in 1967.

Webster participated in early racial integration battles in St. Louis. During the early 1940s, many local priests, especially Jesuits, challenged the segregationist policies at the city's Catholic colleges and parochial schools. The St. Louis chapter of the Midwest Clergy Conference on Negro Welfare arranged in 1943 for Webster College to admit a black female student, Mary Aloyse Foster, which would make it the city's first Catholic college to integrate. However, in 1943 Archbishop John J. Glennon blocked that student's enrollment by speaking privately with the Kentucky-based superior of the Sisters of Loretto.[12] The Pittsburgh Courier, an African-American newspaper with national circulation, discovered Glennon's actions and ran a front-page feature on the Webster incident in February 1944.[13] The negative publicity toward Glennon's segregationist policies led Saint Louis University to begin admitting African American students in summer 1944.[14] In fall 1945, Webster College responded to pressure by admitting Irene Thomas, a Catholic African-American woman from St. Louis, as a music major.[15]

Campus Locations

U.S. Locations

A campus location provides student services and offers all classes a student would need to complete a degree. Webster University operates the following campus locations throughout the United States [16]:

  • Albuquerque Metropolitan Campus - N.M.; opened October 1985.
  • Andrews Air Force Base - Md.; opened June 2004.
  • Bolling Air Force Base - D.C.; opened May 1987.
  • Beaufort Naval Hospital - S.C.; opened August 1979.
  • Bureau of Medicine and Surgery - D.C.; opened June 2003.
  • Brooks City-Base - Texas; opened January 1976.
  • Camp Bullis - Texas; opened September 2006.
  • Camp Lejeune - N.C.; opened October 1993.
  • Charleston Air Force Base - S.C.; opened August 1975.
  • Charleston Metropolitan Campus - S.C.; opened April 2004.
  • Charleston Naval Base - S.C.; opened August 1975.
  • Colorado Springs Metropolitan Campus - Colo.; opened October 1985.
  • Columbia Metropolitan Campus - S.C.; opened August 2000.
  • Denver Metropolitan Campus - Colo.; opened March 1983.
  • Edwards Air Force Base - Calif.; opened October 1998.
  • Elgin Metropolitan Campus - Illl.; opened January 2008; formerly Crystal Lake Campus; formerly Chicago Metropolitan Campus.
  • Fairchild Air Force Base - Wash.; opened October 1999.
  • Fayetteville Regional Campus - Ark.; opened January 1999.
  • Fort Belvoir - Va.; opened January 2005.
  • Fort Bliss - Texas; opened October 1976.
  • Fort Bragg - N.C.; opened August 2001.
  • Fort Irwin - Calif.; opened August 2002.
  • Fort Jackson - S.C.; opened August 1983.
  • Fort Leavenworth - Kan.; Command and General Staff College; opened January 1998.
  • Fort Leonard Wood - Mo.; opened August 1974.
  • Fort Sam Houston - Texas; opened January 1976.
  • Fort Sill - Okla.; opened October 1989.
  • Fort Smith Metropolitan Campus - Ark.; opened May 1989.
  • Fort Stewart - Ga.; opened August 2002.
  • Great Lakes Naval Base - Ill.; opened October 1975.
  • Greenville Metropolitan Campus - S.C.; opened August 1993.
  • Hill Air Force Base - Utah; opened October 2000.
  • Hunter Army Air Field - Ga.; opened August 2002.
  • Irvine Metropolitan Campus - Calif.; opened January 1993.
  • Jacksonville Metropolitan Campus - Fla.; opened May 1993.
  • Jacksonville Naval Air Station - Fla.; opened August 1990.
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Campus - Mo.,; August 1979
  • Kirtland Air Force Base - N.M.; opened October 1977.
  • Lackland Air Force Base - Texas; opened January 1990.
  • Lakeland and Brandon Campus - Fla.; opened January 1999.
  • Little Rock Air Force Base - Ark.; opened March 1975.
  • Little Rock Metropolitan Campus - Ark; opened May 1986.
  • Los Angeles Air Force Base - Calif.; opened August 1997.
  • Luke Air Force Base - Ariz.; opened August 2000.
  • Louisville Metropolitan Campus - Ky.; opened March 1981; formerly Jefferson Metropolitan Campus, Ind.
  • Marymount Webster Weekend College - Calif.; opened November 1994.
  • McConnell Air Force Base - Kan.; opened May 1976.
  • Memphis Naval Support Activity - Tenn.; opened January 2002.
  • Merritt Island Campus - Fla.; opened August 1995.
  • Moody Air Force Base - Ga.; opened August 2003.
  • Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Campus - S.C.; opened January 2003.
  • Ocala Metropolitan Campus - Fla.; opened October 1997.
  • Old Post Office Campus- St. Louis, Mo.; opened September 1974; formerly Downtown St. Louis; moved to Old Post Office in January 2006.
  • Orlando Metropolitan Campus - Fla.; opened September 1990.
  • Orlando South Campus - Fla.; opened October 1995.
  • Ozarks Regional Campus - Springfield, Mo.; opened August 1998.
  • Palm Bay Campus - Fla.; opened March 1997.
  • Patrick Air Force Base - Fla.; opened August 2002.
  • Peterson Air Force Base - Colo.; opened August 1977.
  • Pope Air Force Base - N.C.; opened October 1975.
  • Randolph Air Force Base - Texas; opened January 2002.
  • Rolla Metropolitan Campus - Mo.; opened March 1996.
  • San Diego Metropolitan Campus - Calif.; opened May 1989.
  • Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Campus - Fla.; opened August 2000.
  • Shaw Air Force Base - S.C.; opened March 2003.
  • Scott Air Force Base - Ill.; opened April 1974.
  • St. Louis home campus - Mo.; opened September 1915.
  • Tampa Bay Metropolitan Campus - St. Petersburg, Fla.; opened in March 2007; also known as St. Petersburg Metropolitan campus.
  • Tinker Air Force Base - Fla.; opened January 1990.
  • Westport - St. Louis, Mo.; opened October 1983; moved from Northwest Plaza in 2004.
  • Whiteman Air Force Base - Mo.; opened March 1991.
  • WingHaven - St. Charles, Mo.; opened August 2002.

The subsequent campus groups include the following:

  • Charleston area campuses - includes Charleston Air Force Base; Charleston Metropolitan Campus; and Charleston Naval Base.
  • Orlando campuses - includes Orlando Metropolitan Campus and Orlando South Campus.
  • San Antonio campuses - includes Brooks City-Base; Camp Bullis; Lackland Air Force Base; and Fort Sam Houston.
  • Space Coast campuses - includes Merritt Island Campus; Palm Bay Campus; Patrick Air Force Base; and offerings at Northrup Grumman Corp.
  • St. Louis area campuses - includes St. Louis home campus; Old Post Office; Westport Campus; WingHaven Campus; and Scott Air Force Base (Ill.)
  • Tampa Bay area campuses - includes Lakeland and Brandon; Sarasota-Manatee; and St. Petersburg.

International Locations

Webster University Leiden (2009)

Webster University maintains 10 campus locations around the world[16], including:

Speakers Series

Success to Significance Speaker Series

In 2001, the School of Business and Technology started The Success to Significance Speaker Series. The intent of the series is to create a forum for notable people to communicate with the student body.[17].

List of Past Speakers

Jack Dorsey (2008) by Andrew Mager

Holden Public Policy Forum (HPPF)

Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden (2001-2005) leads a bi-partisan speakers series that invites Governors, Senators, presidential candidates and private sector public policy leaders to the St. Louis campus.[18]

List of HPPF Series

  • 2008 America's Future
  • Issues for the 21st Century
  • Pizza and Politics
  • Election Night Parties

List of Past Speakers


Webster University's athletic mascot is the Gorlok. Athletic teams participate in Division III (NCAA) and in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)[19].

  • Men's Sports: Baseball; basketball; cross country; golf; soccer; tennis; and, track and field
  • Women's Sports: Basketball; cross country; soccer; softball; tennis; track and field; and, volleyball

Student life

Student Media

Webster University has a student newspaper called The Journal and a student radio station called The Galaxy. The Galaxy was re-launched online in 2007.[20] The campus GTV station (Gorlok Television) is operated by students. Webster University has student magazine called The Ampersand, which is published twice a year, as well as other newsletters and departmental publications.

Greek Life

Webster University recently allowed the formation of the first Greek organization on campus, with the founding of the 152nd Chapter of Delta Upsilon and the founding of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon.



Erin Bode
Commander Eileen Collins
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Faculty and staff


  1. ^ a b Webster University Fact Sheet
  2. ^ http://www.webster.edu/academics/oaa/information/accreditation.shtml
  3. ^ The Higher Learning Commission website
  4. ^ Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs website
  5. ^ National Association of Schools of Music website
  6. ^ National League of Nursing website
  7. ^ Council on Accreditation website
  8. ^ National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education website
  9. ^ Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website
  10. ^ National Board for Certified Counselors
  11. ^ http://www.webster.edu/shared/shared_aboutwebster/factsheet.pdf
  12. ^ Donald J. Kemper, "Catholic Integration in St. Louis, 1935-1947," Missouri Historical Review, Oct. 1978, pp. 1-13.
  13. ^ Ted LeBerthon, "Why Jim Crow Won at Webster College," Pittsburgh Courier, 5 Feb. 1944, p. 13.
  14. ^ "Pressure Grows to Have Catholic College Doors Open to Negroes," Pittsburgh Courier, 19 Feb. 1944, p. 1; "St. Louis U. Lifts Color Bar: Accepts Five Negroes for Summer Session," Pittsburgh Courier, 6 May 1944, p. 1.
  15. ^ "Missouri College Admits Race Girl," Pittsburgh Courier, 13 Oct. 1945, p. 1.
  16. ^ a b http://www.webster.edu/worldwide/
  17. ^ http://www.webster.edu/depts/business/index_speak.php?page=speakers/intro.php
  18. ^ "About the Forum" HoldenPPF @ Webster University. Holden Public Policy Forum. 24 Apr 2008 <http://www.webster.edu/holdenppf/about.htm>.
  19. ^ Webster University Athletics website
  20. ^ The Galaxy at Webster University
  21. ^ http://www.bragg.army.mil/18Abn/CommandGroup/cg.htm
  22. ^ http://admissions.webster.edu/admissions/graduate/news/news_story.asp?iNewsID=279&strBack=%2Fadmissions%2Fgraduate%2Fnews%2Fnews_archive.asp
  23. ^ http://blogs.webster.edu/scan/2006/09/established-alumni-nikki-boyer-97/
  24. ^ http://www.webster.edu/alumni/documents/award_recipients.pdf
  25. ^ http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=6415

External links

Coordinates: 38°35′21″N 90°20′45″W / 38.5892°N 90.3457°W / 38.5892; -90.3457


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