Catholic Profile

The men and women who experience Our Lady of the Lake University’s innovative programs gain knowledge, skills, and values to lead in fields, companies, and communities. 


Overview: Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), founded in 1895 by the Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence, offers undergraduate majors and minors in more than 60 areas of study, master’s degrees in 14 areas of specialization, and two doctoral degree programs. The coeducational liberal arts and sciences institution has an enrollment of about 3,100 students.  

Mission: As a Catholic university sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Lake University is a community whose members are committed to serve students by:
• Ensuring quality, innovative undergraduate and graduate learning experiences; 

• Fostering spiritual, personal, and professional growth; and 

• Preparing students for success and continued service.

Location: Beautiful main campus is located in vibrant San Antonio, the seventh-largest city in the nation. OLLU also has a weekend and extended learning site in Houston, the fourth-largest US city. Classes are also offered in the Rio Grande Valley at a site in La Feria.

Enrollment: Undergraduate: 1,595; graduate: 1,578

Housing: OLLU’s campus in San Antonio offers housing in one of six on-campus residence halls. Private and shared rooms are available, and halls feature common lounges for recreation and study. Halls include free Internet access, cable television, micro-fridges, and laundry facilities.

Academics and Programs: Available majors include the Arts and Sciences, Business and Leadership Studies, Communication and Learning Disorders, Education, Cyber Security, Mass Communication, Psychology, and Social Work. Classes are offered in daytime, evening, weekend, and online formats.

Dual Language: OLLU offers bachelor’s degree programs that allow students to earn a degree with dual-language (English/Spanish) certification.

Athletics: Student-athletes compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country, soccer, and track & field; men’s baseball, golf, and tennis; and women’s softball and volleyball. Intramural and club sports include men’s and women’s basketball, cheerleading, flag football, running, and soccer; women’s clubs include volleyball and dance team.

Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees; contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University.  

The men and women who experience Our Lady of the Lake University’s innovative programs gain knowledge, skills, and values to lead in fields, companies, and communities. Through service learning tied to their majors and a commitment to improving the common good, students develop character to transform the world.

It is on this foundation of graduating students with expertise and with character that Our Lady of the Lake University prepares for America’s future.

Keeping Catholic higher education affordable
OLLU offers generous scholarship, grant, and financial aid packages to assist families with the cost of a private education. The University works closely with each student to keep quality Catholic higher education affordable and attainable. More than 90% of our students receive financial assistance.  

Majors and minors
OLLU offers more than 60 academic majors and minors in the Arts and Sciences, Business, Computer Information Systems, Communication Disorders, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Education, Psychology, and Social Work. Recently added programs include:
• Biomathematics
• Chemical Biology
• English: Technical and Professional Writing 
• Integrated Digital and Public History
• Pre-law and Legal Process
• Spanish: Translation and Interpretation
• Theology and Spiritual Action

Internships and service opportunities 
OLLU teams up with community partners to provide paid internship opportunities. Internship partners include Capital One, Citibank, State Farm, Rackspace, and the Westside Development Corporation. These internships benefit students by offering real-world experience, paid stipends, and a connection with area businesses and nonprofit organizations. 

Meaningful internships and distinctive service opportunities are hallmarks of the OLLU experience. Faculty design service learning classes and monitor internships to ensure students begin building their résumés and portfolios long before they graduate. 

Service is ingrained in the OLLU culture. The University maintains a counseling center and a speech and hearing clinic that serve area residents while providing students valuable experience working with real clients. Dedication to service is part of the heritage handed down by the Sisters of Divine Providence, the founders and sponsors of the University.

Exceptional professors and personal instruction
OLLU professors continue the heritage of the Sisters with the service they provide to students. Faculty committed to teaching work closely with students and serve as mentors and advisors. The 15:1 student-faculty ratio ensures personalized attention in classes that are just the right size. OLLU faculty members participate in scholarly activities outside of the classroom and enrich classes with their research and experiences. 

New residence hall 
OLLU is opening a new $15 million residence hall that features apartment-style living overlooking the newly upgraded Lake Elmendorf park. The residence hall features units with full kitchens and living and dining space. Residents have access to a fitness and yoga center, study lounges, meeting rooms, and a lakeside picnic and garden area. All OLLU residence halls feature free wireless Internet access, cable television, and laundry facilities.

National recognition
The national spotlight has been directed at OLLU in a variety of areas. The University’s Computer Information Systems and Security program has been recognized by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. 

Other national recognition includes:
• Ranked among the top 80 universities in the Western United States by U.S. News & World Report (“America’s Best Colleges” 2016)
Ranked 13th among national universities for academic courses that incorporate community service, relative to school size
• Ranked among the top 200 universities nationally for undergraduate education, according to a U.S. News & World Report survey of high school guidance counselors
• Accreditation by the American Psychological Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

Alumni connections
The friends you make, the knowledge you gain, and the experiences you have at OLLU will last a lifetime. Upon graduation you will automatically become a member of the OLLU Alumni Association, which will keep you connected to your fellow alumni no matter which corner of the world your career takes you. OLLU alumni can be found in careers within the 50 states, US territories, and various countries. 

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