Mission & History

In 1915, the Sisters of Loretto had a bold vision—to establish a university that would admit and educate only women.

Opening with five students, the institution’s first graduating class totaled just two women. Today our main campus looks quite different than it did more than a century ago—and even different from when it was renamed Webster University in 1983.

Now, the University engages more than 12,000 individuals living and working around the world, honoring the Sisters of Loretto’s legacy in the pursuit of academic excellence, equality and global citizenship.

Our History Sets Us Apart

1919

The University welcomed its first international students.

1939

The first visually-impaired student graduated with a BA. 

1945

The institution announced a new program for military veterans.

1950

The first Black student graduated from the University.

1972

Webster University Kansas City opened its first metro location.

1999

The University launched its first online programs.

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Our Chancellor

“I invite you to join us—learn more about use from this website and make time to visit. Discover what it means to be a Gorlok and to prepare yourself to be excellent in your career and to live as a global citizen.”

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Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble

Chancellor

News & Events

Highlights from Webster University