100 Years and Counting

Webster University was founded in St Louis, Missouri in 1915 and has built its strong academic reputation on a long tradition of teaching excellence.The university was awarded accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in 1925.  This accreditation includes undergraduate and graduate levels at all locations where the University offers programs. 

The first international Webster University campus was established in Geneva in 1978.  The genesis for the university's decision to develop a global network can be traced back to a conversation between a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a college professor who taught part-time at Webster.  Ambassador Francis Dale convinced John Rider, a Mass Communication Professor about the potential for a Midwest institution to establish a campus in Geneva.

Key Historical Landmarks

1915 Humble Beginnings: Loretto College founded and opened with five female students
1924 New Name Reflects Growth: Loretto College change its name to Webster College
1925 Recognition: Webster College awarded accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission
1947 Diversity and Inclusion: First two African American students admitted
1963 Broadening access for co-education: First male students attended Webster full time
1978 Expanding to Europe: First European campus opened in Geneva, Switzerland
1981 European Expansion: Campus established in Vienna, Austria
1983 Another Name Change: Webster College formally renamed Webster University
1983 European Expansion: Campus established in Leiden, The Netherlands
1986 European Expansion: Campus established in London, United Kingdom
1995 Entering the Web: First Webster University website debuted
1996 Expansion to Asia: Campuses established in China, in Shanghai and Chengdu 
1999 Asian Expansion: Campus established in Cha-am, Thailand
2013 Expansion to Africa: Campus established in Accra, Ghana
2014 European Expansion: Campus established in Athens, Greece
2015 Centennial Celebration: Webster University officially celebrated 100 years of existence


Expansion Overseas

In 1978, Webster University established its first international campus in Geneva, Switzerland.  Since then, Webster had opened residential campuses in Austria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Ghana and most recently Greece.  At all of these locations, Webster provides higher education programs based on the American liberal arts system.