Marylhurst University, a private not-for-profit institution located in Oregon, retains its Catholic heritage that founded the University in 1893. Today, it welcomes all students, especially adult students balancing life activities with learning. Marylhurst supports an intimate “collaborative learning environment” yet it offers nearly fifty accredited degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 1996, Marylhurst initiated its online degree program which currently offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Professional certificate programs. Nearly 1,800 students attend Marylhurst, and half are graduate students. Additionally, the University’s diverse campus includes international students from fifteen different countries.
Marylhurst is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Individual programs at Marylhurst also retain specialized accreditations and memberships. In addition, the University was cited by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning as “a national leader in serving adult students” and also received CAEL’s 2004 Institutional Service Award for its commitment to the education of adult learners.
The University offers the following online programs:
- BA in English & Digital Humanities
- BS in Business and Management
- BS in Real Estate Studies
- BS in Sustainable Business
- A Master of Business Administration
- A Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Business
- Professional certificates in Government Policy and Administration, Green Development, Natural and Organic Resources, Public Relations, and Renewable Energy
Marylhurst also offers a unique Prior Learning Assessment Program that allows students to earn college credits from life and work experiences including homemaking, military training, career training, community service and more. Students participate in courses that aid in the development of a portfolio that displays knowledge, skills and abilities allowing students to earn up to 45 undergraduate credits. These assessment workshops and classes are offered multiple times each year.
Admissions criteria for undergraduate students include a completed application and $40 fee, a statement of intent, official transcripts, a letter of recommendation, personal interview and proof of immunization. Transfer students will also submit an application and fee, a statement of intent, official transcripts and proof of immunization. For those completing less than 20 college credits, an interview may be needed. Application requirements for the graduate programs vary, so students will need to consult with individual academic departments for specific application instructions.
Online programs at Marylhurst mirror on-campus classes with the same curricula and often the same professors, yet these classes facilitate busy schedules through greater flexibility and accessibility. Online classes are typically formatted through discussion forums, wikis, blogs, audio or video chats, and video lecturettes. Resources are available through the Shoen Library and its 70 plus databases.
A one-time admission fee is charged along with additional fees including a $500 evaluation fee for students pursuing the Prior Learning Assessment Program. In addition, there is an International Student Fee of $300 assessed per term.
Financial aid is available to qualifying students. The University supports the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study Programs, the Federal Perkins Loan Program and the Federal Direct Loan Program, including the Subsidized Stafford Loan, Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, and the PLUS Loan. University and outside scholarships are also available. Marylhurst supports VA Education Benefits and offers a scholarship for students that are currently serving on active duty, are honorably discharged from any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or are a member of the National Guard or Reserve who has been federally mobilized for more than 30 days for purposes other than training. Marylhurst maintains a “certifying official” to aid veterans through the financial aid processes.
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:1,120
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