About Our Lady of the Lake University-San Antonio
We are a school that helps students develop their full potential in an environment that’s diverse, encouraging and stimulating.
Our Lady of the Lake University is a small, Catholic, private university with a deep connection to the history and community of San Antonio. Founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, we have developed a reputation for our personal teaching style and expertise in Mexican American culture.
We are also famous for our beautiful, lakeside campus, which mixes historic buildings with a contemporary library, residence halls and technology infrastructure.
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.
OLLU is a person-centered learning community. It offers opportunities for students to grow in all the dimensions of their being. Those who can benefit from its programs and services are welcomed, regardless of age, gender, background, ethnicity or belief. OLLU takes particular pride in the continuance of its heritage of providing access for women, Hispanic and non-traditional students, and seeks to be attentive to them in its programs and services. In that spirit, in addition to the ordinary academic predictors of success, OLLU may consider in its admission process such elements as leadership, high motivation, intellectual curiosity, educational creativity and humanitarian involvement. OLLU assists its students in persisting through graduation to find meaningful careers and to develop competencies for success in life.
Excellent teaching has the highest priority. OLLU educates the whole person in a Christian academic atmosphere that embraces intellectual, moral, social and spiritual values. It seeks to cultivate the skills essential for individual development and critical consciousness, for lifelong learning, for exploration of ultimate philosophical and religious questions, for ethical conduct, for success in chosen professions, and for service to society.
OLLU’s programs incorporate interfaith values and the rich intercultural heritage of Texas and the Southwest, and are designed to foster intellectual growth, to be responsive to individual needs and create alternatives, and to be relevant to today’s world. Community service, civic engagement, service learning, volunteerism and research, especially as supportive of instruction, are emphasized. State of the art technology is broadly used to enhance the learning environment.