Marylhurst students near fountain and libraryAs 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 11 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the state to participate in Oregon Private College Week. Students who register in advance and 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.

On June 24, Governor Kate Brown signed a proclamation that declares July 25-29, 2016 as Oregon Private College Week. 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.

Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll 19% of Oregon’s undergraduate students, award 23% of Oregon’s undergraduate degrees and confer 25% of the bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students in the state, including high-need fields such as STEM (20%), health professions (35%), business (24%), economics and political science (22%), mathematics and statistics (34%), and public administration and social service (22%).

Together, the private nonprofit sector offers degrees in more than 240 fields of study, including engineering, computer science and math, among others.

The majority of students (60%) enrolled in Alliance member institutions graduates within four years, saving students time and money. Also cited in the governor’s proclamation is the economic contribution that Oregon’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities make to the state’s economy.

During Oregon Private College Week, prospective students and their families are invited to come ask questions, learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet experts in admission, and tour the campus. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. College officials will also address common myths about private higher education:

  • Thirty-two 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 $19,000.

For more information about Oregon Private College Week, to view a list of participating colleges, or to register, please visit


About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private, nonprofit applied liberal arts and business university 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving students who want to complete their bachelor’s degree or earn an advanced degree. Empowering students to impact the world since 1893, Marylhurst offers degree completion programs at the bachelor’s level, master’s degrees and professional certificate programs both on campus and online. We are the premier university that weaves together the liberal arts with professional studies and prepares graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.


About The Alliance

The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 37,000 students and deliver approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. The Alliance intersects the needs of business and industry, private nonprofit colleges and universities, and the public good to create real solutions that build a more educated and skilled workforce for Oregon. For more information, visit

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