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Why Choose Marylhurst

Marylhurst University is special for a lot of reasons.

We focus on adult learners
We're a national leader in adult-focused education. Students of all ages are welcome here, not just those straight out of high school. In fact, our typical student is in her 30s, juggling school, work and family commitments. Our faculty, who all bring real-world experience to the classroom, excel at serving serious, self-motivated students who are looking for a rigorous education in an environment that both challenges and supports them.

We offer an array of learning opportunities
We tailor the delivery of our degree and certificate programs to our students' needs. That means we go beyond offering classes during the day; most of our students take at least one online class, while some study completely online. We also offer many classes in the evenings and on weekends. Our innovative Prior Learning Assessment program also gives you the opportunity to earn credit for college-level learning you have achieved through life and work experience.

We embed the liberal arts in all programs
All of our academic programs are rooted in the liberal arts to make sure you leave Marylhurst with the skills and capabilities to be contributing citizens in an ever-changing world. By emphasizing global awareness, an appreciation of diversity, critical thinking and reflection, we help students gain the confidence and agility they need to achieve personal and professional goals.
» See the difference a liberal arts education makes

You'll find a sense of place and spirit of service here
Our founders, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, picked an idyllic home for our university adjacent to the Willamette River south of Portland, Oregon. Everyone who visits our campus is struck by its beauty and peacefulness. There is a true sense of community here. The Sisters' commitment to ethical leadership, service and social justice permeates our campus life. Even students who study online tell us the history and heritage of our campus inspire them in their studies!


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Larry Morris, business faculty, was selected to assume the position of court administrator for the Court of Appeals of Indiana in July 2015, by acclamation from the court's 15 judges.

The Art Gym Celebrates 35 Years

This fall marks the 35th year of Marylhurst University's The Art Gym as a venue exhibiting some of the most significant and timely art of the region, reports the Lake Oswego Review.


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October 03, 2015 – October 31, 2015

Inkworks V: All About Love in Streff Gallery

View Inkworks V: All About Love featuring the artwork of Marylhurst alumna Diane Flack '05. Diane's principal medium is block print. However, s...


October 04, 2015 – December 05, 2015

Kartz Ucci Retrospective at The Art Gym

The Art Gym will present a retrospective exhibition of the work of Kartz Ucci, a talented and prolific artist who passed away in 2013 at 52 years o...


October 07, 2015 – December 16, 2015

The Planets: Paintings by Sarah Anne Burns

Sarah Anne Burns, BFA ’07 will present hundreds of watercolors in her series: The Planets. The paintings are a departure from Burns' other bodies...



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