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History and Values

Celebrating History

Main Building

More than 125 years ago, Mother Florence Walter, the superior general of the Sisters of Divine Providence at that time, looked out over the land adjacent to Elmendorf Lake on the West Side of San Antonio, and said, “This is the place. Someday, upon this land will stand a beautiful Gothic chapel with twin spires pointing up to the blue Texas sky.”

 On Aug. 14, 1895, ground was broken for the construction of Main Building and that marked the beginning of what is now Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU). The university traces its founding to that day in August 1895, but it was a year later, on Sept. 1, 1896, that the doors to Main Building opened to the first students.

Because of disruptions caused by the pandemic, OLLU will continue hosting anniversary events throughout 2021, and continue to celebrate 125 Years of Higher Education for a Higher Purpose.

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OLLU Celebrating History

Our Lady of the Lake University has been serving adult students in Houston for more than 30 years.

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Three Decades in Houston


In partnership with Lone Star College, OLLU opened Houston’s first weekend degree program on the campus of Lone Star College-North Harris.


OLLU-Houston operations moved to the Lone Star College University Center in The Woodlands.


A stand-alone campus is completed for OLLU-Houston on Beltway 8 near I-45.

Core Values

OLLU Core Values are Community, Integrity, Trust and Service. OLLU’s presence in Houston is built on these values and the heritage of the Sisters of Divine Providence, the university’s founders, who call us to provide education where it is needed. When OLLU-Houston opened its doors more than 30 years ago, there were few options for working adults who wanted to complete or continue their education. OLLU-Houston’s flexible programs allow for a balance of work, family and school.