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Marylhurst is a premier, not-for-profit, professionally focused liberal arts and business university located in Portland, Oregon. Our community of scholars, professionals and artists offers bachelor’s degree completion programs, exceptional master’s degrees, a variety of coursescontinuing education and impressive arts, music and cultural events

Our Outcomes

For more than 120 years, Marylhurst graduates have been the driving force of change locally and globally. They’ve launched sustainable businesses and organizations that continue to serve our community, pursued rewarding careers that supported their families, and advocated for social justice and equity. Simply put: they have made Oregon and beyond a better place. Now it’s your turn. Let us help you take charge of your future.

Our History 

Marylhurst University has a legacy of inspiring change both locally and globally grounded in vision, courage and faith.  Our foundresses – the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary – crossed a continent in 1859 to establish St. Mary’s Academy and later, Marylhurst University, providing access to an exceptional education in our region. In the 1920s, the Sisters fought the KKK in Oregon and won. They built a beautiful university campus that opened in 1930, a year into the Great Depression. They advocated for passing Oregon’s minimum wage law, one of the first in the nation, and succeeded.  This took vision, courage and faith. Their dedication to serving the underserved and inspiring change through service carries forward today at Marylhurst University.

Our Mission

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.