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St. Louis Missouri's Webster University is one of the more unique institutions of higher learning in the nation. Not only do their graduate students outnumber their undergraduates by nearly 2 to 1, but they also support a very wide range of students. Where most universities lean more to the liberal arts or the hard sciences, Webster does both very well. For instance, Webster supports a large number of BFA programs, primarily in the theater arts, but they also have a cutting-edge cyber security program. Students can pursue business, mathematics, education, economics, and criminal justice, among many other choices.

Overview of Webster University

With such a strong emphasis on the arts and theater, Webster's campus life is certainly interesting. The campus is host to a wide range of organizations that offer personal and academic enrichment. For instance, there's the Chess Club, the Literature Club, and the Philosophy Coalition. For those interested in eSports, Webster has a video game community dedicated to fighting games. Others may be more interested in joining a sports team such as baseball, volleyball, tennis, or track. As an interesting aside, Webster made the Baseball Hall of Fame for having the first woman on a varsity baseball team.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 12:1
Graduation Rate 58%
Year Founded 1915

Student Enrollment

Total Students11,406


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,376
Female 1,682

Graduate Student

Male 3,757
Female 4,591

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Webster Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 797
Female 1,376


Male 486
Female 757

Acceptance Rate57%

Male 61%
Female 55%

Enrollment 409

Male 143
Female 131
Application Fee $35
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Webster Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Webster is a private institution, yet their tuition costs are highly competitive with public schools. When one factors in books, supplies, tuition, and other fees, Webster costs just under $30,000 per year. To this price, students can add $17,000 for on-campus room, board, and other expenses. Those students who wish to live in St. Louis will perhaps pay a bit more, depending on what sort of deal they can arrange. These numbers tend to add up, but they can be offset by financial aid.

Students at Webster receive healthy aid packages in the form of grants, scholarships, and student loans. In fact, 96% of all full-time first-year students receive grant or scholarship aid that averages $20,000 per student. On top of that, 60% of those first-year students apply for federal or private student loans with each receiving an average of $6,300. When all the aid packages are accounted for and the figures are adjusted for income brackets, Webster students face a net price somewhere between $18,000 and $28,000.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $23,265
Average Total Aid $20,162
Students Receiving Financial Aid 96%
Room & Board $11,120

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $28,700
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $28,700
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $11,120
  • Other - $5,812


Academics at Webster are strong. Their programs are diverse, and their student body is dedicated to pursuing excellence in their field. The university boast terrific numbers for first-year retention, graduation, and class size. In fact, 78% of all full-time, first-year students return for a second year. This indicates that they are happy with their professors, course selections, and even the campus resources.

Not only do students stick around for a second year, but they become dedicated to their Webster education and most will cross the stage for a diploma after four to six years. In fact, 58% graduate with a bachelor's degree. This means that the friends that bond together in the first year will probably cross the stage together when they graduate.

Student Population Total

Student Population 11,406

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 172 Total Graduates / 25%
Business Administration and Management, General 158 Graduates
Finance, General 9 Graduates
Accounting 4 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 154 Total Graduates / 22%
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 49 Graduates
Game and Interactive Media Design 23 Graduates
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 14 Graduates
Art/Art Studies, General 12 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 68 Total Graduates / 10%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 24 Graduates
Advertising 13 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 8 Graduates
Journalism 8 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 44 Total Graduates / 6%
Computer Science 42 Graduates
Computer and Information Sciences, General 2 Graduates
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 40 Total Graduates / 6%
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 22 Graduates
Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other 18 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 32%

Outcome & Salary

After all the educational bills are paid, Webster students, just like everyone else, are going to be looking for a return on their educational investment (ROI). They won’t be disappointed. At the top end, computer science degree holders will see the highest ROI, with their starting base salaries averaging $55,000. At the other end of the scale, theater majors start their careers with lower earnings, but artists tend to see their earnings rise later in their careers.

In fact, Webster graduates have such a strong academic background that they are sure to rise to the top of whatever organization lucky enough to have them. They are also shoe-ins for top graduate programs and other opportunities to achieve personal and fiscal success.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $48,000
College Grads Average Salary $73,315
College Grads Mid Career Salary $85,500
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $733,150
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,588,150
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $93,060
10 Year Projected ROI $640,090
20 Year Projected ROI $1,495,090
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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