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History and Values

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) has had a presence in the Rio Grande Valley for more than 15 years.

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15 Years in the Valley


Valley area school districts asked OLLU administrators to bring the PhD in leadership studies program to their employees who needed terminal degrees. OLLU first began offering doctoral classes on the campus of Texas State Technical College in Harlingen.


The La Feria Independent School District invited OLLU to move its operations in the Valley to a facility owned by the district. With the move, OLLU expanded offerings in the Valley to include bachelor’s and master’s degrees.


The City of La Feria completed construction on the La Feria Technology and Success Center and OLLU moved its campus to the new, state-of-the-art education facility. OLLU-RGV is the only Catholic university in the Valley.


On September 28, 2023, Our Lady of the Lake University - Rio Grande Valley campus (OLLU-RGV) marked a significant milestone with its 15th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting ceremony. The event, attended by distinguished members of the Harlingen, McAllen, and Weslaco Chambers of Commerce, was a celebration of 15 years of academic excellence and community impact in the Rio Grande Valley.
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Core Values

OLLU Core Values are Community, Integrity, Trust and Service. OLLU’s presence in the Valley 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. The Valley needed more educational options for busy, working adults. OLLU-RGV’s weekend, evening, hybrid and online degrees offer the flexibility needed to complete a degree while balancing work, family and school.