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Marylhurst College Becomes Marylhurst University

For Release: June 29, 1998

MARYLHURST, OR—Marylhurst College, a liberal arts college founded in 1893, will officially change its designation to Marylhurst University on July 1, 1998.

Marylhurst becomes the only four-year university in Clackamas County, Oregon. The change reflects the school's continual evolution to meet the region's education needs with flexibility and innovation—shown by such traits as a commitment to expanding the diversity of undergraduate and graduate program offerings, and a regionally leading role in online education.

"As Marylhurst University, we will continue our emphasis on academic rigor and excellence and our commitment to the scholarship of teaching," says Marylhurst President Nancy Wilgenbusch. "Being an excellent institution means taking risks and being a leader in introducing new educational initiatives. We've done that historically. And now, in 1998, the collective results of those risks and those leadership efforts over the past century have led us to this step of being Marylhurst University."

The Sisters of the Holy Names founded Marylhurst (then St. Mary's Academy and College) in downtown Portland, as the Pacific Northwest's first liberal arts college for women. In 1930, the school moved to a new 63-acre site along the Willamette River and became Marylhurst College, which means "Mary's woods." In 1974, Marylhurst changed its focus from a women's college to a coeducational college dedicated to educating a broad range of adult and traditional-age students. Marylhurst also pioneered the lifelong learning concept at that time.

Today, Marylhurst serves a diverse student body made up of young students, returning adults, professionals seeking career advancement, and non-degree-seeking students taking courses for personal enrichment. The school offers a wide range of degree programs in the humanities, science and mathematics, social sciences, the arts, and business, as well as Master's degree programs in business and management, art therapy and interdisciplinary studies.

Marylhurst's enrollment is 1,600 and is steadily growing. The university's intimate environment—a quiet, wooded enclave along Highway 43 about one mile south of downtown Lake Oswego—attracts many students seeking a contemplative setting conducive to thought and discovery. The university also is known for keeping class sizes small—usually 15-20 students—to maximize instructor-student interaction.

To accommodate a wide variety of lifestyle and work schedule demands, classes are scheduled on campus days, evenings, and weekends. The university also is recognized as a Northwest pioneer and leader in offering quality liberal arts education online, featuring more than 40 graduate and undergraduate courses in many disciplines through the Internet. In its lauded online education program, Marylhurst makes coursework, resources and instructors accessible to students located anywhere—at any time of the day or night.

Such innovations have earned Marylhurst a reputation as a leader in flexible, student-focused educational programs. In addition, Marylhurst remains Oregon's lowest-priced comprehensive liberal arts college, while offering such amenities as a new $3.2 million installation of teaching science laboratories, which bring the latest video, audio and computer technology to science students.

Two of Portland's leading advertising agencies, Wieden & Kennedy and ZCom, partnered with Marylhurst to design the university's new advertising campaign and communication materials. Both companies donated considerable creative resources to the projects.

Founded in 1893, Marylhurst University is located in Marylhurst, Oregon, 20 minutes south of downtown Portland, on Highway 43 between Lake Oswego and West Linn. The school received a regional "Best Values" ranking by U.S. News & World Report-America's Best Colleges 1997 Guide, and is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

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