Marylhurst Ranked #1 in Pacific Northwest in Washington Monthly’s Top Colleges for Adult Learners

Marylhurst University ranked #1 in the Pacific Northwest, and #9 nationwide, in the Four-Year Colleges for Adult Learners category of the 2017 Washington Monthly College Rankings. Marylhurst University is the only college in the Pacific Northwest to make the Top 40 list in this category. (The closest is Eastern Washington University ranked at number 43.)

“Marylhurst University is one of the institutions doing the best job of helping adult students get the degrees they need to advance their careers,” said Washington Monthly Editor-in-Chief Paul Glastris. “By honoring colleges like Marylhurst that do right by adult students, we hope we’ll spur others to do the same.” 

Glastris points out in an article he penned for the annual Washington Monthly college guide that 40 percent of college students are adult learners. “Nearly half of all college students are 25 or older, yet no publication ranks the top schools for them—except us,” he writes. And the colleges generally considered the best in the nation aren’t doing enough to accommodate adult learners, he says. “They aren’t recruiting more adult students or offering them the services they need—like abundant evening and weekend classes to accommodate work and family schedules.”

For that reason, Washington Monthly evaluates several criteria specific to this population, relying on data from two federal government sources as well as the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges, and recognizes colleges and universities who go the extra mile to serve the adult learner. The criteria are: ease of transfer/enrollment, flexibility of programs,services for adult students, percent of adult students (age 25+) at the college, mean earnings of adult students 10 years after entering college, loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment, and tuition/fees for in-district students.

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Founded in 1893, Marylhurst University is a premier, not-for-profit, professionally focused liberal arts and business university. Our community of scholars, professionals and artists offers bachelor’s degree completion programs, exceptional master’s degrees, courses, continuing education and impressive arts, music and cultural events.

Marylhurst University Speaker Series: Conversation about Immigrants and Refugees in Oregon

Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods. How might we build more informed, responsive, resilient and vibrant communities?

This is the focus of “The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon,” a free conversation with Manuel Padilla on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in The Old Library at Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst, OR 97036. More info:

Manuel Padilla has done peace work in Haiti, Chad and Washington, D.C., working with internally displaced people, immigrants and refugees. Currently he implements reconciliation 7 Manuel Padilla 2workshops in refugee contexts with the Jesuit Refugee Service, works with youth through restorative justice frameworks, and volunteers with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Circles of Support and Accountability program.

This program is the final event in the 2016-17 Marylhurst Speaker Series and is sponsored by Oregon Humanities. Through its Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

The Marylhurst Speaker Series is hosted by Marylhurst University’s Department of Interdisciplinary and Applied Liberal Arts and made possible by the generous support of Oregon Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

About Oregon Humanities: Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

About Marylhurst University: Marylhurst University, a private, nonprofit applied liberal arts and business university 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving students who want to complete their bachelor’s degree or earn an advanced degree. Empowering students to impact the world since 1893, Marylhurst offers degree completion programs at the bachelor’s level, master’s degrees and professional certificate programs both on campus and online. We are the premier university that weaves together the liberal arts with professional studies and prepares graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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