University description (as per official university website)
Our Lady of the Lake University was founded in 1895 by the Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence, a religious order begun in 18th century Lorraine, France, by Blessed John Martin Moye. The order continues as the sponsoring organization of the University. Members of the Congregation arrived in Texas in 1866, where they initially established themselves in Austin, and then in Castroville in 1868.
In 1895, construction began on Main Building on what was to become the Our Lady of the Lake campus. By 1896 high school level educational programs were under way. The first college program began in 1911 as a two-year curriculum for women. In 1919 the curriculum was expanded to four years and the institution was admitted to membership in the Texas Association of Colleges. Graduate study began in 1942 and was coeducational from its inception; all programs became fully coeducational in 1969. In 1975 the name of the institution was changed from Our Lady of the Lake College to Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio.
Welcome to Our Lady of the Lake University. Whether youíre seeking a traditional weekday undergraduate or graduate program or need the flexibility of weekend or online classes, OLLU offers options that fit your goals and schedule.
OLLUís traditional undergraduate and graduate students in San Antonio prepare for careers and fulfilling lives through quality programs, academic advising, service learning, internships, and a supportive campus community. Weekend College students in San Antonio, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley are taught by the same quality faculty as traditional students through an innovative schedule that meets every other weekend and provides students with career enhancement and advancement. The University also offers options for online learning.
OLLU is known for working closely with each student in order to keep education affordable and accessible.
The mission of Our Lady of the Lake University, an independent, Catholic institution sponsored by the Congregation of Divine Providence, is:
* To provide excellent teaching through traditional and innovative educational programs;
* To develop its diverse, intercultural student bodies in Christian, person-centered learning communities; and
* To graduate individuals who are competent and committed to service.
Inspired by Catholic values and the heritage of the founding Congregation of Divine Providence, Our Lady of the Lake University is a community called to transform individuals as they discover their purpose in life.
We aspire to be nationally recognized for our distinctive programs, our expertise in Mexican American culture, and our diverse graduates who lead and serve with faith and wisdom to improve the world.
(BOT approved May 22, 2008)
Statement of Purpose
Our Lady of the Lake University exists for the purpose of providing undergraduate and graduate programs that are rooted in the tradition of Catholic higher education and inspired by the Congregation of Divine Providence in San Antonio, Texas. OLLU realizes this purpose through the development of every student who enrolls, through the assurance of quality in every academic program, through unwavering service to the communities of which it is a part, and through the continuing strong spirituality, charism and sponsorship of the Sisters of Divine Providence.