Webster University

470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 968-6900
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

The Sisters of Loretto, a Catholic religious organization, laid the foundation for Webster University in 1915. At the time, the institution was known as Loretto College and was one of the first Catholic women’s colleges west of the Mississippi River. From its humble beginnings of eight teachers and five students, the school grew to a student body of more than 20,000 and achieved university status as a four-year institution. Currently Webster University is ranked No. 24 in Regional Universities (Midwest) by U.S. News & World Report in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. Despite its large enrollment, the university maintains an average class size of 10 students, which ensures a high level of individualized attention. The student body represents all 50 states and 148 countries.

Programs Offered

Webster University designed a selection of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level to be completed entirely online. These include complete degrees and certificates, all accredited and equal in quality to the traditional programs. Students can choose from areas of study including international relations, nursing, environmental management, business and finance, human resources, and more. Based on a long-standing tradition of academic excellence and innovations, the online programs deliver the same curriculum and field preparation as their campus-based counterparts, without the demanding schedule of a structured residency. Because of the asynchronous format, students do not have to be online at the same time as their classmates or instructors, and can study or take tests at their leisure.


Webster University received accreditation as a degree-granting institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university received specialized accreditation from four other accrediting agencies for specific programs as well.


Undergraduate applicants are likely to be accepted to Webster University if they are in the top 50% of their high school class, hold a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (“B” average), and have an ACT score of 21 or SAT combined score above 1500. General admission requirements for graduates include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and submission of all official transcripts from previously attended institutions of higher education. If applying as an international student, it may be necessary to prove proficiency in English as a foreign language, and to provide documented proof of financial means to pay tuition costs. After evaluation of each applicant’s materials, the admission office for that specific program will review the materials and notify the applicants of their status. Additional specifics regarding admission can be viewed by clicking here.

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