Marylhurst UniversityMarylhurst, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, is home to Marylhurst University a private, not-for-profit university accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, or NWCCU. As a smaller university, Marylhurst offers students a personal touch to their education with a focus on applied liberal arts studies as well as several online-only programs.
Marylhurst University has a pretty even split between its undergraduate enrollment and those pursuing master's degrees, with ~600 students in each designation, offering a unique feel and maturity for both on and off-campus students. The university does not offer doctoral programs for students seeking education beyond a master's degree.
In addition to regional accreditation by the NWCCU, Marylhurst University also holds specialized accreditation and membership with many additional organizations. These accreditations are sought out by the individual colleges and programs to further enhance their ability to provide students with additional certification, educational opportunities, and degree distinctions.
Marylhurst University's specialized accreditation organizations include the following:
Another major perk for students attending Marylhurst University is the ability to transfer existing credit, if they have any, to the university upon admittance. These credits range from standard AP courses accepted by almost all universities to prior learning that a student may have that was not necessarily in a formal educational setting.
Prior learning credit can be drawn from both life and work experiences. Students who wish to be granted prior learning credit must submit proof is experience and can be awarded college credit towards their chosen program or degree which can greatly accelerate a student's degree completion timetable.
An additional method of earning credit at Marylhurst University by taking and passing specific, program exams, some of which may have been taken and passed before being admitted to the the university or desired program.
With an emphasis on applied liberal arts, Marylhurst focuses not only on providing students with program-based knowledge, but they also strive to ensure that liberal arts students are employable. This is done by combining liberal arts content with career-focused, professional skills.
Marylhurst's applied liberal arts emphasis allows students to buck the joke behind liberal arts students who are said to pay for a degree that won't get them a job. And this is evident with Marylhurst's above-average employment statistics for their graduated liberal arts students.
Undergraduate tuition at Marylhurst University is $463 per credit hour. Whereas graduate students will pay in the area of $600 per credit hour.
Tuition can vary based on a student's program, with accelerated online programs coming in somewhat more affordable ($423 per credit hour for Online Business Management students), but overall, Marylhurst University can be an expensive school to attend in comparison to its neighboring state schools.
Marylhurst does offer several degrees that are 100% online, which is great for students who don't want to have to step onto campus to wrap up a few select courses that many universities only offer in the classroom. The programs are limited to a few disciplines, which can severely limit students seeking to study at Marylhurst but are not interested in the following programs.
With a graduation rate of 38% (6-year timetable), Marylhurst University boasts a relatively low student graduate rate when compared to other regional schools.