Happy Birthday, Marylhurst University!

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Today is a special day for Marylhurst University. July 29th is the day, back in 1893, that the State of Oregon granted a charter authorizing our founders, the Sisters of the Holy Names, to confer baccalaureate degrees. We call it Charter Day and celebrate July 29th as Marylhurst University’s birthday.

In 1893, we were located in downtown Portland and known as St. Mary’s Academy and College. In 1930, the college moved to its current location – adjacent to the Willamette River and the city of Lake Oswego, in this exquisite natural setting. That’s when we took the name Marylhurst, which means Mary’s Woods.

Over the years, we have evolved and adapted to meet the needs of our community. Our philosophy and vision, however, have remained constant: To educate the whole person through a liberal arts experience centered on ethical leadership, service and social responsibility.

Marylhurst University is 123 years old today! That’s more than a century of educating fine people who make a real impact in our world. Now that’s something to celebrate.