On April 6, 1927, Grace Knight and Roger W. Babson founded the University which was to carry the last name of their granddaughter, Camilla Grace Webber. Roger Babson was best known for his contributions in the areas of economics and finance, which included the establishments of Babson’s Reports and authorship of a number of business publications and books. Among his numerous philanthropic contributions were the establishment of several institutions of higher learning and service on a number of corporate boards, as well as the endowment of several charitable foundations.
Webber was originally established as a women’s college, with the exclusive purpose of teaching women about business. It was the first school chartered under the educational and charitable laws of the State of Florida as a non-profit organization.
The first terms on the Babson Park campus began the following January in the building now known as Old Main, while fall classes were held in Boston at the Hotel Lennox. Students attended classes in this manner until 1940 when Babson Park became the University’s permanent campus.
In the 1950s, the present lakeside campus was completed with the dedication of the Grace Knight Babson memorial Student Center and Dormitory, followed by the McConnell classroom building and the Michael Parkhurst Webber Auditorium/Gymnasium.
Webber became accredited by the commissions on Colleges of the Southern Association of colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1969. In September 1971, the first male students were admitted to the College. Further growth of the campus occurred during the 1970s with the addition of Camilla Dormitory and the George W Jenkins Recreational Area. The dedications of the library complex marked the celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary in 1978.
During the 1980s the Sabbagh Athletic Center was added to provide excellent facilities for volleyball and basketball.
The 1990s have seen the development of an adult program for students over 25 with two years of previous University experience. Students services have been enhances by the completion of the Doc Dockery Student union which houses Mr. O’s Snack Bar, a chapel, game rooms, as well as The Cubbyhole, the University bookstore.
Intercollegiate athletics have been expanded in the 1990s. Webber is a member of NAIA and the Florida Sun Conference. Webber women participate on the intercollegiate level in the soccer, volleyball, tennis, fast-pitch softball, cross-country, golf, track and field while Webber men compete in cross-country, soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball, golf, track and field and football.
In 2002, the Rex R. Yentes Conference Center was opened. The new building houses a computer classroom, computer workroom, the Career Services Center, Admissions Offices and a 325- seat auditorium. in addition in the Fall of 2001, the University opened a new fitness center with an athletic training facility and newly renovated athletic facilities.
In 2002, Webber added intercollegiate football to its athletic program. The Webber Warrior football team competed in its first full season in 2003. The football locker room and an additional fitness center was completed in the Summer of 2003 along with a practice field a short distance from the main campus. Also in the Summer of 2003, a 500 seat stadium and complete lighting was added to the baseball field.
In the Fall of 2003 a Computer Information Systems major was added to the academic offerings. With the addition of the new major, a computer mini-lab was opened in the Summer of 2004.
Webber will continue to propagate the ideals envisioned by its founders, built upon a solid legacy of experience and knowledge, Webber will prepare tomorrow’s business leaders to meet the challenges of the future by instilling a desire of innovative thought and creative accomplishment.
The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills.
The University awards degrees at the bachelor and master levels at locations in Florida and North Carolina, as well as at the associate level in Florida. Traditional classroom, online, and hybrid learning environments are available. Opportunities exist for students to draw on the courses and programs of study at both locations through online courses and/or periods of residence at either campus. Webber’s programs in Florida focus on the worldwide business environment, and emphasize development of skills in administration and strategic planning, applied modern business practices, and entrepreneurship. The St. Andrews branch campus in North Carolina offers an array of traditional liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs of study.
Administrative approval: November 17, 2011 Approved by the Webber and St. Andrews Boards of Trustees: December 19, 2011 Revised: February 2014
Webber International University (including its branch campuses, St. Andrews University and St. Andrews @ Sandhills) is accredited by the the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the associate, bachelor and master’s levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, call 404-679-4500, or go to http://www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of Webber International University.
Normal inquiries about the University, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the University, and not to the Commission’s office. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.
Webber International University (Babson Park, Florida Campus) business programs are accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. IACBE is fully CHEA accredited.
The business programs which have IACBE accreditation include:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in:
- Computer Information Systems
- Corporate Communications
- Hospitality Tourism Management
- Criminal Justice Management
- Sport Business Management Bachelor of Science in General Business Studies Master of Business Administration Master Of Business Administration with concentrations in:
- International Business
- Criminal Justice Management
- Sport Business Management
Facts about Webber!
- Webber International University official school colors
- Regionally Accredited and State Licensed.
- IACBE Accredited.
- Private, Independent, four-year coeducational Business University, plus MBA.
- Founded in 1927.
- 40 minutes from Disney World between Lake Wales and Frostproof.
- 110 Acre campus borders beautiful Crooked Lake.
- On-campus residencies.
- Students from 22 states and 36 countries.
- 90 % of our students receive some type of grants or scholarships.
- Recognized in the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Southeast” and a “Best Value” college.
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