Marylhurst University was featured as one of the nation’s best colleges for working adults – and the best in Oregon – by Washington Monthly in September 2016.
As the editors of Washington Monthly point out, “More than 40 percent of the 20.2 million students attending American colleges and universities are adults, defined as 25 years old or older. Yet few colleges offer anywhere near enough evening, weekend, and online classes to complete a degree … Adult learners typically have learned-on-the-job knowledge of the subject they’re hoping to major in—a bookkeeper studying accounting, for instance. But precious few colleges offer tests that can let these students earn college credit for that knowledge.”
So for the first time ever, Washington Monthly ranked the best colleges for adult learners in 2016. They measured colleges’ openness and responsiveness to adult students (e.g., ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, services for adult learners, tuition and fees). In addition, they evaluated how well adult students fared after graduation.
Marylhurst University ranked 14th in the nation, and no other four-year college in Oregon topped that.
Washington Monthly relied on data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) survey, the DOE’s College Scorecard database (just released fall 2015) and key results from the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges.