Marylhurst’s Mission and Values
As a Catholic university that embraces people of all faiths and backgrounds, Marylhurst is committed to faith-inspired values, educating leaders of competence, conscience and compassion who will work to create a more just, humane and sustainable world.
Marylhurst University is a private institution of higher learning open to men and women of any race or religion. It is dedicated to making innovative post-secondary education accessible to self-directed students of any age. Marylhurst offers coursework leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and to other goals such as career transition, professional development and personal enrichment.
Animated by its Catholic and liberal arts heritage, Marylhurst emphasizes the uniqueness and dignity of each person, and is committed to the examination of values, as well as to quality academic and professional training. Marylhurst University seeks to aid students in advancing their goals for responsible participation in a rapidly changing world by pursuing, and encouraging its students to pursue, the ideals of competence, leadership and service.
The values of our founding Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary also support our daily work. You do not have to be Catholic, or have any religious affiliation, to be a part of the Marylhurst community. But all of us in the Marylhurst community embrace and respect the Sisters’ values as the foundation for the way we operate. Among those values most important to us are the Sisters’ calls to:
- Offer an excellent education with a liberal arts foundation
- Embrace an interdisciplinary approach
- Integrate ethics into all programs
- Respect the life and dignity of each person
- Promote peace and social justice
- Put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first
- Care for the planet
- Live your beliefs
Two overarching and connected themes form the vision for a modern, progressive Marylhurst University
(Adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 5, 2017)