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Our Lady of the Lake University is a private institution that was founded in 1895. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,509, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 52 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Our Lady of the Lake University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $24,098 (2013-14).
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Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, is a coeducational liberal arts and sciences institution that offers pre-professional and professional programs to its 2,750 students. OLLU works closely with each student and family to keep private education affordable. In fact, half of the entering class enrolled with no out-of-pocket expenses for tuition or fees.
More than 90 percent of full-time undergraduate students at OLLU receive financial assistance in the form of university academic scholarships, state or federal grants, work-study grants or loans. Academically talented students with a commitment to service can apply for the Providence Scholarship which covers all tuition costs for four years.
With a student/faculty ratio of 16:1, students are ensured a personalized education with individual attention and small classes. The University offers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 18 master's degree programs and two doctoral degree programs. OLLU features quality programs in the arts and sciences, business and M.B.A, computer information systems and security, communication and learning disorders, education, leadership studies, psychology and social work. The main campus is located in San Antonio, Texas, where undergraduate and graduate classes are offered in weekday, evening, weekend and online formats. The University also offers weekend degree programs in Houston and Harlingen, Texas.
Federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, OLLU has the highest percentage of Hispanic enrollment at both the undergraduate (63 percent) and graduate (54 percent) levels of all Catholic universities in the country. OLLU also has the second highest percentage of Hispanic students by Carnegie Classification. In addition, OLLU is among the top 60 public and private universities nationwide to award master's degrees to Hispanics.
Building on its expertise in Mexican American culture, OLLU's psychology and social work programs have been recognized nationally for their expertise in Hispanic families and Spanish-speaking populations. In addition, all undergraduate students have the opportunity earn Biliterate Certification as a minor, demonstrating reading, writing, and speaking mastery of Spanish in their chosen fields. This certification makes OLLU graduates sought after by employers that work with Hispanic clients.
Meaningful internships and service opportunities are hallmarks of the OLLU experience. Every OLLU undergraduate student completes service-learning classes within his or her major. More than half of OLLU?'s undergraduate students complete an internship. The University also maintains a counseling center and a speech and hearing clinic to serve area residents while providing students valuable clinical experience working with real clients.
With the main campus located in beautiful San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the nation, students have access to world-famous destinations including the Alamo, River Walk, historic missions, SeaWorld of San Antonio and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Museums, restaurants and sports venues are a short ride from campus.
The University competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with teams in men's and women's basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and tennis and women's volleyball and softball. In addition, OLLU offers a full range of intramural sports. Campus athletic facilities include playing fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, an outdoor track with fitness-trail equipment, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and basketball courts, and the University Wellness and Activities Center, which houses a gymnasium, aerobics room, weight room, racquetball courts, lounge/study areas, and other facilities.
OLLU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
When applying to Our Lady of the Lake University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Our Lady of the Lake University is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 49.8 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||49.8%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Our Lady of the Lake University is 16:1, and the school has 62.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Our Lady of the Lake University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Education; and Public Administration and Social Service Professions. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 60.8 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||11%|
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Our Lady of the Lake University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,509, with a gender distribution of 28.3 percent male students and 71.7 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus. Our Lady of the Lake University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
Campus Info & Services
Our Lady of the Lake University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Our Lady of the Lake University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Our Lady of the Lake University, 76 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Our Lady of the Lake University.
|Students who have cars on campus||76%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Our Lady of the Lake University, 92.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,216.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$24,098 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$7,434 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data