Webster University

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470 E. Lockwood Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63119

Phone: (314) 968-6900
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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#21 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Webster University is a private institution that was founded in 1915. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,995, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 47 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Webster University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 21. Its tuition and fees are $23,700 (2013-14).

Webster University is a Midwestern school with an international presence. Though the school is based in St. Louis, it also has campuses in Geneva; Leiden, the Netherlands; London; Vienna; Shanghai; and Cha-am, Thailand. For students, this means a plurality of study abroad options, as well as undergraduate degrees with an international emphasis, such as Global Journalism and International Business.

In St. Louis, there are about 30 student clubs and organizations to get involved with. The Webster sports teams, known as the Gorloks, compete in the NCAA Division III St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The unique mascot, the Gorlok, is a school-created creature that is part cheetah, part buffalo, and part Saint Bernard. For graduate students, Webster University offers degree programs in nursing and nursing-anesthesia. The university also offers Global M.B.A. and Global M.A. degree programs.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Webster University is distinguished by its global campus network, which includes campuses in Geneva, London, the Netherlands, Vienna, Cha-am and Bangkok in Thailand, as well as Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen in China. Webster's commitment is more than having campuses around the world; it is our study abroad, our faculty exchange, and our focus on internationalizing our curriculum whenever possible. Students from around the world have unique opportunities to study face to face or online, learning to be global citizens through direct experience. Preparing students for global citizenship is a core component of Webster University's mission. Several acclaimed programs make study abroad easy and affordable for undergraduates at the St. Louis campus. Webster offers a high-quality education grounded in the liberal arts and infused with practical preparation for the real world.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1915
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $86,667,621


When applying to Webster University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at Webster University is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 59.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 59.1%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Webster University is 11:1, and the school has 86.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Webster University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Education, General; Computer Science; Mass Communication/Media Studies; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 44%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 17%
Education, General 6%
Computer Science 5%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 5%
Psychology, General 5%

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Student Life

Webster University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,995, with a gender distribution of 43.7 percent male students and 56.3 percent female students. At this school, 25 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 75 percent of students live off campus. Webster University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 18,609
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Webster University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Webster 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 Webster University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Webster University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Webster University, 70.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,462.

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Tuition and fees $23,700 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,290 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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