Webster University in St. Louis, MO
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About Webster University
Webster University is a private, not-for-profit university located in St. Louis, Missouri. Webster was founded as Loretto College, in 1915, by a Catholic religious group called the Sisters of Loretto. In 1924, the school was renamed Webster College and in 1983, Webster University. The school admitted only women until 1962, when it became co-educational. Webster has programs throughout the United States and international campuses in Austria, China, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand, and England. Webster's international programs are supported at the St. Louis campus in the Center for International Education, the International Business Internship Exchange, and the Office of Study Abroad.
Webster offers 13 undergraduate and 9 graduate degrees in a variety of fields through 5 colleges and schools. Webster has an extensive online catalog as well, including undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates in several subjects from gerontology to nursing to information technology management. The faculty at Webster University included 192 full-time and 1,366 part-time teachers as of fall 2011. Webster offers students a wide variety of student organizations and services, including the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs and a student-run Campus Activities program. The student/faculty ratio at Webster is 11:1 and the average class size is 12.
Freshman, transfer, evening, and international students can apply to Webster via an online school-specific application or a common application at any time. Aspiring students with the best chance of being accepted are those with a B or better GPA, an ACT score of 21 or better, or an SAT score of 1,500 or higher. In fall 2011, Webster had 19,224 students enrolled, including 15,538 graduate students and 3,686 undergraduates. 71% of undergraduates were full-time while 77% of graduate students were part-time. Also in fall 2011, 1,716 students applied and 72% were admitted. 58% of the student body was female, and 42% male; 65% were white, 14% African American, and 4% Hispanic or Latino.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition for 2012-13 is $23,010 per year. Graduate students can expect to pay $590 per credit hour. Costs for housing and fees were estimated at about $9,000 per year. Textbook costs were around $1,300 per year in 2011-12. As of 2011, 95% of freshmen students at Webster received financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work study, and loans.
|Webster University QUICK FACTS|
|School Type||4 year, private not-for profit**|
|Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, master's, doctorates**|
|School Setting||Large suburb**|
|Student Body||Fall 2011: 3,686 undergraduates, 15,538 graduates**|
|Student Housing||3 residence halls; 1 apartment village*|
|Schools and Programs||5 schools or colleges; 75 undergraduate majors, about 57 graduate degree programs*|
|Student-Faculty Ratio||11 to 1**|
|Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients)|| 2010-2011: |
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (349)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (2,171)**
|Undergraduate Graduation Rates||Students who began in 2005: 4 years, 44%; 6 years, 61%**|
|Admission Rate||72% in fall 2011**|
|Entering Class Size||About 481 in fall 2011**|
|First-Year Retention Rates|| Fall 2011: |
Full-time students, 80%
Part-time students, 67%**
|SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students|| Fall 2011, 75th percentile:|
SAT-critical reading: 655
ACT composite score: 27**
|Application Due Date||Rolling admissions*|
|Decision Notification Date||About two weeks after submission of completed application*|
|TUITION & FINANCIAL AID|
|Tuition||2012-13: $23,010 per year for undergraduates; $590 per credit hour for graduate students*|
|Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it)|| 2010-2011: |
Federal grant (37%),
Pell grant (37%)
Other federal grants (23%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (85%)
|Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid||95% for freshmen as of 2011*|
Sources: *Webster University, **National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.
School Contact Information
- Address: Office of Admissions, 470 East Lockwood Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, USA 63119
- Phone: 314-968-6900
- Website: www.webster.edu
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