Webster University, a worldwide institution, ensures high quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Founded in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, by Sisters of Loretto, a Catholic religious organization, Webster College (originally named Loretto College) was one of the first Catholic womens colleges west of the Mississippi River. It was progressive for its time, providing higher education to women. The University is present in many places around the globe including Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The university provides a wide variety of courses to choose from different colleges and departments: College of Arts & Sciences, Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, School of Communications and School of Education which have both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Loretto College was founded and opened with five students. Today, more than 17,000 students attend Webster. On November 1, the cornerstone was laid for the new Webster Hall. In 2015, it celebrated November 1st as our official 100th anniversary. Loretto College changed its name to Webster College. This helped distinguish itself from the Loretto Academy, a St. Louis high school for girls also founded by the Sisters of Loretto.