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Governor John Kitzhauber Declares July 28 – August 1 as Oregon Private College Week

As part of the statewide celebration of private higher education, Marylhurst University will host a series of campus tours and information sessions

Marylhurst University is joining 10 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the state to participate in Oregon Private College Week. Students who visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any Alliance member college or university.

Governor John Kitzhaber signed a proclamation to set the special week for July 28 – August 1, 2014. The proclamation cites the indispensable contributions of Oregon's private, nonprofit sector of higher education to Oregon's communities to the state's 40-40-20 education attainment goal.

Alliance member campuses enroll 18 percent of the state's undergraduates and annually award 22 percent of all baccalaureate degrees in Oregon, including high-need fields such as STEM (22%), health professions (35%), business (23%), and public administration and social service (27%).

The majority of students enrolled in Alliance member institutions graduates within four years and begins to make an immediate contribution to Oregon's economy. Also cited is the economic contribution that Oregon's private, nonprofit colleges and universities make to the state's economy.

Prospective students and their families are invited to learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet experts in admission and tour the campus. College officials will also correct some common myths about private higher education:

  • Thirty-one percent of Alliance undergraduates qualify for federal Pell Grants based on income.

  • The Alliance member institutions are cost effective. The average indebtedness of Alliance graduates is lower than the national average for private colleges and universities and similar to that of public institution graduates.

  • Ninety-two percent of first time, first year students receive financial aid, with an average grant and scholarship award of over $17,000.

Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday through Friday. For more information about Oregon Private College Week, including a list of participating colleges and to register, please visit

The Oregon College Savings Plan, the Matched College Savings Program (MCSP) and SALT are sponsors of Oregon Private College Week.

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,400 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

About the Alliance

The Alliance represents Oregon's regionally accredited, not-for-profit private higher education institutions. Together, the private not-for-profit sector enrolls more than 35,000 students and delivers approximately 30 percent of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. Through the Alliance, institutions collaborate to strengthen Oregon's intellectual, creative and economic resources through public advocacy, institutional cooperation and strategic collaboration with the public sector, including business, philanthropy and government. For more information, visit

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