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|
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.