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Accurately described as “Innovative, comprehensive, fresh, resourceful, respected, local, and global” by Inside Higher Ed, Webster University is a co-ed, non-profit private institution with its main campus located in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.

Webster is an independent, non-denominational with more than 100 campuses across the world. Notable locations include Webster University Geneva, Webster University Thailand, Webster University Vienna, and Webster University Leiden. The university offers certificates, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees as well as post-master’s and post-bachelor’s certificates.

Founded in 1915, Webster’s St. Louis campus is spread over 45 beautiful acres.


Webster University offers full-time undergraduate programs at its St. Louis campus on a semester calendar. Working adults with families appreciate the wide variety of unique undergraduate completion programs that Webster offers around the world.

Class size averages between 11 and 15 students and there are more than 80 areas of study at Webster as well as extensive opportunities to study abroad. Webster University’s WorldClassRoom even offers online courses and programs that students can participate in any time of day or night as long as they have a computer with Internet access.

Webster University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (North Central Association) as well as the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National League for Nursing, the Council on Accreditation, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

A few of Webster University’s most popular majors include business administration and management; computer science; international relations and affairs; communication studies; and psychology. Major fields of study include business, management, marketing and related support services; communication and journalism; computer and information sciences; and social sciences. Hard-to-find majors such as audio production, musical theatre and international relations are also available at Webster.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admission to Webster University is moderately selective. Applicants most likely to be accepted typically have a cumulative GPA of B or higher, rank in the top half of their graduation class, score a 21 or higher on the ACT or a 1500 or higher on the SAT. Other factors are taken into consideration, and it’s important to note that the above-mentioned information does not guarantee admission.

Students can fill out a hard copy application or apply online. Requirements vary for undergraduate, graduate, international, and transfer students. For detailed instructions about applying to Webster University, students should contact the school’s admissions office.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit Webster University while classes are in session to get a feel for the campus and all it has to offer. Visits are arranged on an individual basis so they can be tailored to meet each student’s specific needs. Group visits are also available for organizations seeking college awareness and preparation information. These visits may take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.

Financial Aid

Webster University students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. The FAFSA must be on file by March 1 for maximum consideration of financial aid; applications received after March 1 will be awarded from remaining funds. It is important to remember that funds are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Webster University students must apply for financial aid every year.

In order to receive federal student aid, students must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3333rd for the average student loan amount.
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Webster’s St. Louis campus is home to modern academic facilities and residence halls, an extensive selection of extra-curricular activities, and exciting cultural and artistic offerings. Students enjoy popular on-campus events, particularly the Webster Film Series, which presents more than 200 movies each year. These movies include free weekend features, classics, midnight films, and even an annual “Innertube Theater” at the school’s the indoor swimming pool. Appropriately enough, movies played during the Innertube Theater include water-themed favorites like Jaws and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

In addition to incredible entertainment opportunities, Webster University students have access to a variety of student support services. New students can feel more at ease with the help of weekly mentoring sessions or even additional one-on-one counseling.

Student clubs and organizations are also bountiful at Webster University. Popular groups include the Alpha Lamda Pi accounting club; the Baptist Student Union; the Chain Link Theater and Improv group; the College Democrats; the Computer Club; Colleges Against Cancer; the Literature Club; MENC, the National Association of Music Education; Rock the Vote; the Ultimate Frisbee Club; Students for Gender Equality; Students in Free Enterprise; and Women in Media, just to name a few! Athletics

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Webster University’s athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division III. Seven men’s sports and seven women’s sports are offered at the university. The university’s students, coaches and staff have embraced their mission of “providing an honest and excellent education in the competitive arena, the classroom and in the community.”

Webster’s mascot is the Gorlock, a mythical creature that was designed by students and staff through a school wide contest which began in 1984. In terms of college mascots, the Gorlock is most definitely unique: it has the paws of a cheetah, the horns of a buffalo, and the face of a Saint Bernard dog. The modern Gorlock is a fur-covered creature that wears a blue T-shirt featuring a white “W.” He appears at Webster events around the world.

Webster University’s official school colors are navy, gold, and white.

Local Community

Metropolitan St. Louis, the area that Webster University calls home, is the largest metro area in the state of Missouri. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city of St. Louis had a population of just fewer than 320,000 while the entire greater St. Louis area had a population of approximately 2.8 million.

Sports fans will be pleased to learn that the city is home to three professional sports teams: the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, the St. Louis Blues hockey team, and the St. Louis Rams football team.

St. Louis is commonly identified by the Gateway Arch, often called the Gateway to the West, which is the main attraction at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It is the tallest man-made monument in the U.S. as well as the state of Missouri’s tallest accessible building. Webster University students will also be pleased to know that St. Louis is rich in industry. The area is home to several major corporations including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Scottrade, Edward Jones Investments, Anheuser-Busch, Boeing Phantom Works, and Energizer.


Notable Webster University alumni include:

  • Eileen Collins, astronaut, U.S. Air Force Colonel (retired)
  • Sheila Baxter, U.S. Army Brigadier General and the first female general in the Medical Service Corps
  • Jerry Mitchell, Tony Award winner
  • Dana Snyder, actor
  • Mary Alice Dwyer-Dobbin, television producer
  • Hunter Bell, Broadway actor


All Webster instructors are experts in their field who practice what they teach. The majority of the faculty holds Ph.D. or other terminal degrees in their field. Notable Webster University faculty have included Missouri poet laureate David Clewell, activist and writer Sulak Sivaraksa, and former Missouri Governor Bob Holden.


  • Webster University. Web. 2 July 2011.
  • Webster University. Inside Higher Ed. Web. 2 July 2011.
  • McGrath, Anne, ed. U.S. News & World Report: Ultimate College Guide. Naperville, Illinois: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2010. Print.

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Ranks 27th in Missouri and 988th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.01
Arrest 2 0.01

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Saint Louis, MO 63119-3194
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population34,416 (34,416 urban / N/A rural)
Households14,778 (2.26 people per house)
Median Household Income$52,703
Families8,761 (2.98 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2902

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 556th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $23,700 $23,700 $23,700
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $60 $60 $60
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $610 $610 $610
FT Graduate Tuition $11,610 $11,610 $11,610
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $645 $645 $645
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $41,918 $41,918 $41,918
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $42,220 $42,220 $42,220
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $33,828 $33,828 $33,828

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $22,400 $23,070 $22,400 $23,070 $22,400 $23,070
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,120 $9,370
On-Campus – Other Expenses $7,593 $5,638
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,375 $8,272
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $9,445 $9,328
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $9,445 $9,328

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,736 (673 male / 1,033 female)
Admitted 1,008 (419 male / 586 female)
Admission rate 58%
First-time Enrollment 418 (171 male / 247 female)
FT Enrollment 411 (165 male / 246 female)
PT Enrollment 7 (6 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment17,904

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference St. Louis Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference St. Louis Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference St. Louis Intercollegiate Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

326th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 85%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

299th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 15%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 650
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 600
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 990 / 1250

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity730
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,680
Board Fee$4,610

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 758th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,408 ($81,523 male / $72,198 female)
Number of FT Faculty 210 (112 male / 98 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,502
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits $9,636,359

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