Villa Maria Project

Villa Maria Renovation Project

Renovation of Villa Maria’s 49 rooms will house Marylhurst’s low-residency graduate students as part of university’s new strategic vision

Villa Maria Project - Marylhurst

In the winter of 2018, Marylhurst University embarked on a seven-month project to renovate the building known as Villa Maria into student housing. The renovation will be complete by fall 2018, welcoming students into Marylhurst campus housing for the first time in more than a decade.

The dorms will house students in Marylhurst’s low-residency graduate programs, such as the M.S. in Food Systems and Society or the new M.A. in Mental Health Counseling, are structured so that most coursework is completed online. Students travel to campus for short stays (residencies) twice a year, coming together as a community of scholars and learners.

When not in use by students, Marylhurst will make Villa Maria’s 49 rooms available to organizations for retreats and small conferences.

About the Project

  • Anticipated Opening: Fall 2018
  • Number of Rooms: 49
  • Expected Use: Students in low-residency graduate programs, attendees of retreats, small conferences on campus
  • Estimated Renovation Cost: $2 million
  • Renovation Company: Schommer & Sons

Villa Maria, Marylhurst University, circa 1990sAbout Villa Maria

Built in 1965-66, Villa Maria has been home to Sisters of the Holy Names who served as staff and faculty at Marylhurst, in addition to international students and those enrolled in Marylhurst’s Early Scholars program. While the main floor has remained in use as a meeting and event space – hosting Toastmasters, yoga classes, summer camps, author readings, the Oregon Association for Music Therapy 2012 conference and the Oregon Sesquicentennial Film Festival in 2009 – Villa Maria’s 49 rooms have gone unoccupied for more than a decade.

This project is part of the University’s new strategic vision to be an academic and cultural hub in the Northwest region. Learn more about the new vision.