Webster University History Timeline
It’s amazing what can be accomplished in a century. Webster University’s 100 years
of progress has unfolded in our community, from the steps of our home campus to the
halls of our international schools abroad. The timeline below highlights the impact
Webster has made on thousands of people around the world, showcasing our bold beginnings
and counting the years to come.
"Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future." - William Wordsworth
The Mission Begins…
1898: the Sisters of Loretto purchased the Benjamin Webster estate on Lockwood Avenue in Webster Groves and opened a boarding school for girls. This set the stage for a university dedicated to outreach and providing access to education. This commitment continues to this day.