A Tradition of Innovation in Higher Education
If you’re looking for a fresh perspective on traditional higher education, then Marylhurst University is ready to open your eyes to a new educational experience. At Marylhurst University, tradition doesn’t mean traditional thinking. It means a commitment to education, developing new ideas through forward thinking, embracing technology, and changing to stay relevant in an evolving educational landscape.
Marylhurst University is a private, co-educational, liberal arts institution, offering accredited academic and professional programs designed for students with lifelong learning ambitions who must balance school with work and other responsibilities.
The university emphasizes peer learning, personal attention, and a sense of community. Small, seminar-style classes, prior-learning assessments, distance learning options, and flexible scheduling, make an education at Marylhurst accessible to a variety of active people from across the United States and around the world.
Marylhurst University History
Located just outside of Portland, Oregon on the Willamette River, Marylhurst University is among the oldest collegiate degree-granting institutions in Oregon. Originally founded as a Catholic liberal arts college in 1893 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Marylhurst has continued its tradition of delivering academic excellence to self-guided students of every different religious belief and background.
For more than 115 years, Marylhurst has stayed true to its mission to guide and inspire students with educational innovation and forward-thinking programs that can fit in to the busy lifestyles of every student. The school has grown exponentially since its inception, gaining accreditation, national recognition, and building a strongly rooted campus in the Portland area.
In 1974 Marylhurst became the first co-educational liberal arts college in the United States designated as a college for life long learning. A few years later Marylhurst University established the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program to provide adult students with the ability to earn credit for college-level learning gained through real life work experience. This development further progressed Marylhurst’s commitment to provide an education for people from every walk of life.
In 1990 Marylhurst inaugurated its Master or Business Administration program and began granting MBA degrees to working professional men and women. In 1996 Marylhurst University became one of the first in the nation to offer online courses, including an online bachelor’s degree program. Two years later, Marylhurst was recognized by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) for best practices in adult learning.
Today, Marylhurst continues its commitment to learners of every type with its business and management online programs, and the first of its kind MBA in Sustainable Business. It’s all part of Marylhurst University’s forward-thinking approach to education.