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Marylhurst University

Founded in 1893, Oregon’s oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,200 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

Marylhurst is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and has earned specialized accreditation or approval for several of its academic programs. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning has cited Marylhurst as a national leader in serving adult students.

Interesting Facts

  • Recognized by the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning as a national leader in serving adult students
  • Features Oregon’s largest MBA program
  • Offers one of the few M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling and Bachelor in Music Therapy programs on the West Coast, and a unique M.S. in Food Systems & Society program
  • Offers day, evening, weekend and online classes (about 80% of Marylhurst students take at least one online class)
  • Oregon’s oldest Catholic university, founded as the first liberal arts college for women in the Northwest


  • Undergraduate: 696
  • Graduate/Professional: 577


  • Tuition (2015-16): $463 per credit (regular undergraduate); $618 per credit (regular graduate)
  • Room & Board (2015-16): $3,500 per term (for students not living with parents)

Financial Aid Data

  • Students with Demonstrated Financial Need: 58% (full time undergraduate students); 60% (all undergraduate students including part time students)
  • Average Financial Aid Package: $15,600 (full time undergraduate students with loans); $9,442 (full time undergraduate students without loans)
  • Percent Need Met (Need-Based Aid): 51.5% (full time undergraduate students)


  • Total Living: 11,838
  • Percent Living in Oregon: 55.8%

Student Profile

  • Male: 33%
  • Female: 67%
  • Resident (Oregon) Students: 73%
  • Nonresident Students: 27%
  • Number of Undergraduate Majors: 19
  • Number of Minors/Concentration Fields: 9 minors/21 concentration fields

Most Popular Majors

  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Business
  • Communication Studies

Class Size

  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 7 to 1 (undergraduate)
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 98% (undergraduate & graduate)
  • Fewer than 50 Students: 100% (undergraduate & graduate)


  • Full-time Faculty: 29%
  • Full-time Faculty with PhD/Terminal Degree: 70%

Co-curricular Activities

  • Number of Student Clubs & Organizations: 13



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