|Motto||Cor Sapientis Quaerit Doctrinam|
|President||Jerry E. Hudson (interim)|
|Location||Marylhurst, Oregon, United States
73 acres (295,000 m2)
Marylhurst University is a private Catholic liberal arts university located in Marylhurst, Oregon, United States, nine miles (14 km) south of Portland on the Willamette River. It is among the oldest collegiate degree-granting institutions in Oregon, awarding its first degree in 1897. Marylhurst was founded and run for many years by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a Roman Catholic teaching Roman Catholic religious institute.
St. Mary's College
Marylhurst College was founded in 1893, by members of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a Roman Catholic religious teaching congregation. The Sisters came to Oregon in 1859 from Montreal at the request of the people and clergy of the city to serve their educational needs.
In 1893, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary founded Marylhurst as the first liberal arts college to serve the educational needs of Pacific Northwest women. The school was originally located in downtown Portland, Oregon, and called St. Mary's Academy and College. In 1908 the Sisters purchased 63 acres (255,000 m2) between Lake Oswego and West Linn. The Sisters named the pastoral land Marylhurst, which means "Mary's Woods". The college was moved to the new property in 1930, and St. Mary's College was renamed Marylhurst College. The following year, the school received its first accreditation from the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools.
In 1959, Marylhurst College became an independent institution and formed a Board of Trustees, separate from the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. In 1974 the college transitioned to a co-educational institution and the first liberal arts college in the United States to be designated as a college for lifelong learning.
Marylhurst began the Master of Art Therapy program in 1986, the only accredited art therapy program in the Pacific Northwest. The American Art Therapy Association has reviewed the program positively numerous times including 1991, 1996 and 2002.
In 1990, Marylhurst inaugurated its Master of Business Administration program while a concentration in interior design was added to Marylhurst's art program. In 2002, the University began to offer a BFA in interior design.
Beginning in 1996, US News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges recognized Marylhurst as the best value in higher education among Western regional colleges and universities. The University has remained in the top tier for the Western Region in the US News & World Report college rankings since the mid-1990s.
In 1998, Marylhurst College became Marylhurst University, Clackamas County's first university. Several new academic programs were added including a Master of Arts in Applied Theology program, a Bachelor of Music Therapy program, and a cooperative Doctor of Ministry degree program with San Francisco Theological Seminary. Beginning in 2003, Marylhurst University began being ranked as a "Best Value" in the 2003 US News & World Report college guide.
It was placed among the Best Universities - Master's (Western Region) in US News & World Report's Best Colleges 2005. Marylhurst University was placed among the 50 Best Business Schools in Finance by the Princeton Review in 2008. Judith Johansen was named president of the university in 2008, and left in 2013. In October 2009, the Portland Business Journal ranked the Marylhurst MBA #1 in total enrollment having the largest MBA program in Oregon.
Marylhurst Art Gym
The Art Gym is a contemporary arts exhibition space located on campus. It was the brainchild of Kay Slusarenko, who was the art department chair for 20 years, from 1978-1998. Along with contemporaries Terri Hopkins and Paul Sutinen, the three rallied the student body and community support to turn the unused gym into the cultural center that it is now. Each spring the gym displays the year's thesis projects. Since 1980, over 300 artists have shown their work at the gym.
Although Marylhurst is traditionally recognized as a Catholic university, less than a quarter of the current students are Catholic. Religious observances are not required, and 32 different faiths are represented in the student body.
- Madeline DeFrees, poet, author
- Elizabeth Engstrom, author
- Barbara Roberts, former Governor of Oregon
- Mary F. Sammons current president and chief executive officer of Rite Aid
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