|Our Lady of the Lake University
411 S.W. 24th Street
San Antonio, TX 78207
800-436-OLLU (800-436-6558) (toll-free)
|Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio, Texas
The University’s student body ranges from recent high school graduates to working adults who are returning to college. The University offers Weekend College programs in San Antonio, and Houston. A majority of the students are from Texas, but other states and countries are represented on campus, as well. The average age of new freshmen is 18. More than 57 percent of the University’s students are Hispanic, 17 percent are Caucasian, 8 percent are African American, 2 percent are Asian, and 1 percent are international. Seven residence halls are available, with space for more than 600 students.
Campus Ministry serves the entire University and offers prayer services on campus as well as off-campus retreats, providing students a forum for spirituality and bonding. During the fall and spring semesters University liturgies are celebrated on weekdays and Sundays. Special liturgies are celebrated in the Sacred Heart Conventual Chapel throughout the year, and weekday liturgies are celebrated in Constantineau Chapel. Other opportunities for spiritual growth are offered through Bible study and special rosaries. An OLLU program, La Llamada, also offers students the opportunity to integrate their faith into educational and career choices.
Location and Community
OLLU has 186 full-time and 124 part-time faculty members. Seventy percent of the full-time faculty members hold a doctoral or other terminal degree. The student-faculty ratio is 14:1. Freshmen are advised by the Advising Center staff. Faculty members advise sophomores, juniors, and seniors; serve as sponsors of student clubs and organizations; and are available to students in person and via e-mail, phone, and fax.
The applied studies degree is available for students who have 1830 hours of transfer credit, life or work experience, or credit-by-examination in a technological specialization. Secondary Texas teacher certification is available in art, biology, chemistry, drama, electronic commerce/information systems, English, history, mathematics, political science, social studies, and Spanish. Preprofessional programs include dental, law, medical, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’s assistant studies, and veterinary medicine. Interdisciplinary majors are available in six fields. Bilingual students who speak in English and Spanish may also choose to study in a biliterate-track degree program in business, communication and learning disorders, communication arts, psychology, or social work. The degree program prepares undergraduate students to provide professional services to English and Spanish-speaking populations.
The Student Government Association (SGA) provides a forum for students to examine issues affecting the welfare of students and to propose solutions for positive change. It provides students an opportunity to stay involved in campus issues and activities and to build leadership skills. SGA consists of a 7-member executive board, which oversees two legislative branches: the Senate, with elected student representatives from each academic class, and the House of Representatives, with representatives of each recognized student organization. The president of the SGA is the student representative to the University’s Board of Trustees. Students and faculty members share faculty-student policymaking and advisory committees. Students are represented on University planning councils and search committees for administrative positions.
Facilities and Resources
Modern laboratory facilities are available in general chemistry, general biology, bacteriology, physiology, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physics. The Science Research Laboratory is designed to enable undergraduate science majors to perform research projects under the supervision of two research faculty members. The lab contains a wide variety of new instruments and, as the lab is not used for teaching classes, students are allowed to leave projects set up. Communication arts students have access to a fully equipped small-format video studio. The Decision Theater, a simulated boardroom arena with one-way observation galleries, is used to teach decision making and problem solving courses for business students.
As part of its research and student practicum facilities, the University maintains the Harry Jersig Center for communication and learning disorders; the Community Counseling Service for marriage, family, and individual counseling; the St. Martin Hall Elementary School; the Child Development Center for training and studying developmental learning; the Kliesen International and Cultural Center; the Center for Women in Church and Society; and the Center for Sociological Practice.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Students can apply for additional financial assistance. Federal and state grant and loan programs are available. Work awards are available through the federally funded Federal Work-Study Program and the University’s Campus Employment Program. To be considered for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). On the FAFSA, students should list Our Lady of the Lake University, code number 003598. OLLU receives the FAFSA data electronically and then calculates a financial aid award. Financial aid applicants must be accepted for admission to the University before the award can be made. More documentation may be needed for government programs. All financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Admission Requirements / Application
Prospective students should send a completed application form, a nonrefundable $25 application fee, and SAT or ACT scores to the Admissions Center. OLLU’s ACT code number is 4140; the SAT code is 6550.
Entering freshmen must also give evidence of their academic preparation and aptitude: either a transcript indicating graduation from an accredited high school with 16 units of credit (including 4 in English, 3 in social science, 2 in mathematics, 2 in a laboratory science, and 2 in a foreign languageor 2 additional units in English, math, social science, or natural science) or evidence of successful completion of the GED test. Also required are either a satisfactory combination of SAT or ACT scores and high school grade point average or the successful completion of college-level work at another accredited postsecondary institution.
Transfer students must send a completed application form, a nonrefundable $25 application fee, and an official transcript from each institution attended. Transfer students with fewer than 30 transferable college credit hours must also submit SAT or ACT scores and an official high school transcript if the college/university transcript does not indicate high school credits.
Entering freshmen must submit a transcript of high school credits (this may be done as early as the completion of the junior year). Students should submit their credentials prior to May 1 for the fall and summer semesters and December 1 for the spring semester. Admission decisions are made within two weeks of receiving completed application forms and all required documents. All accepted undergraduate students must submit a $100 nonrefundable enrollment deposit. Students planning to live on campus must complete and return the housing application and the $100 housing deposit to the Residence Life Office by June 1.
To arrange a campus visit and tour, students should contact the Admissions Office.