Our Lady of the Lake University was the first San Antonio institution of higher education to receive regional accreditation. It has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1923. In 1927 it became the third Texas school to be approved by the American Association of Universities.
As part of its mission to provide education to those with limited access, the University introduced the Weekend College concept at the San Antonio campus in 1978. OLLU began offering "weekend degree" programs in Houston in 1986.
Our Lady of the Lake University currently offers Bachelor's degrees in 56 areas of study, Master’s degrees in 48 areas of study, and two doctoral degree programs.Our Lady of the Lake University also offers evening classes at the Northwest campus in San Antonio.
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.
"Because it is a learning community inspired by the Catholic faith of its sponsoring religious order and informed by the strong spiritual values of the Christian academic tradition, Our Lady of the Lake University expresses its continuing religious purpose in a commitment to the complete educational development of the individual: intellectual, moral, social, and spiritual. It attempts, moreover, to create a person-centered learning environment in which both academic and co curricular programs and services provide creative alternatives responsive to the needs of individual students. In accord with the mission of the Congregation of Divine Providence, it also seeks to provide--both on campus and at selected off-campus sites--improved access to higher education for underserved groups, including women, Hispanic and other ethnic/racial minorities, person with disabilities, and adults beyond the traditional college age.