Marylhurst University ranked No. 1 in the Pacific Northwest and No. 9 nationwide in the four-year colleges for adult learners category of the 2017 Washington Monthly magazine college rankings. Marylhurst is the only college in the Pacific Northwest to make the top 40 list in the category.

“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 Paul Glastris, Washington Monthly editor-in-chief. “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 college guide that 40 percent of college students are adult learners. But the colleges generally considered the best in the nation aren’t doing enough to accommodate adult learners, he said. “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.”

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 that 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+), 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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