Webster University: Narrative Description

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470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119-3194
Tel: (314)968-6900
Free: 800-75-ENROL
Admissions: (314)968-6991
Fax: (314)968-7115
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.webster.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1915. Setting: 47-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $40.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2647 per student. Total enrollment: 7,424. Faculty: 806 (171 full-time, 635 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,434 applied, 56% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 20 class presidents, 11 valedictorians, 69 student government officers. Full-time: 2,531 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,049 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 39 states and territories, 40 other countries, 20% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 13% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 32% 25 or older, 27% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Fontbonne College, Lindenwood College, Maryville University of Saint Louis, Eden Theological Seminary, Missouri Baptist College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, audition. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $22,860 includes full-time tuition ($16,250) and college room and board ($6610). College room only: $3260. Full-time tuition varies according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $445 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 47 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Marketing Communications Club, Residential Housing Association. Major annual events: Webster Works Worldwide Community Service Day, Springfest, Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 500 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Emerson Library with 271,047 books, 137,000 microform titles, 1,598 serials, 16,303 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.6 million. 330 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

A suburban area 10 miles from St. Louis, Webster Groves (population 27,455) has the convenience of all major forms of transportation. The shopping facilities here are excellent, numerous civic and service organizations are active. Webster Groves also enjoys the recreational and cultural advantages of St. Louis. Other facilities include a library, and churches of major denominations. Some part-time employment is available.

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