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.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||12:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||August 1|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
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|
|Average Total Aid||$20,162|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||96%|
|Room & Board||$11,120|
- 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
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|
|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|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other||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.
|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 Colleage Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$37,960|
|10 Year Projected Income||$379,600|
|20 Year Projected Income||$759,200|
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