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Schreiner University, a liberal arts institution affiliated by choice and covenant with the Presbyterian Church (USA), is committed to educating students holistically. Primarily undergraduate, the university offers a personalized, integrated education that prepares its students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.


Schreiner University will always hold student success as its first priority. The university will be known for its academic rigor; it will continue to be an institution of opportunity where students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences learn through educational programs equipping them to achieve, excel, and lead. The university aspires to serve as a standard to others in programs and practices.


• holds sacred the Christian convictions that each student is valuable and unique and that the university’s purpose is to enable every student to grow intellectually, physically and spiritually.

• values diversity of people and thought in a setting of open, civil discourse.

• embraces life-long learning and service to society as critical traits in a world whose community is global.

• believes that higher education is instrumental in developing thoughtful, productive, and ethical citizens.

• believes that the values that inform our relationships with our students should also inform our relationships with one another.

Core Goals and Strategic Emphases

Final Statement Following May 2007 Board Retreat and August AC Retreat, Fall Campus Discussion, Endorsement by the Executive Committee of the Board and by the Board, October 2007.


    • Support, promote, and initiate curricular and co-curricular programs which instill a culture of demonstrable excellence within a diverse community of scholars.

    • Raise the profile of the university’s academic programs among current and prospective students, the higher education community, and supporters of the institution.

    • Achieve demonstrable learning growth and preparation for life with students from diverse circumstances.

    • Further develop an engaging and diverse campus life, with a residential base, offering opportunities for learning and leadership through involvement, service, personal development and spiritual growth.


    • Foster internal conditions and relationships and expand external partnerships with professional, service, and church-related communities to further the university’s strategic vision.

    • Recruit and retain a robust student population of at least 1200.

    • Offer compensation and employment conditions that attract and retain quality faculty and staff, diverse and united in support of our mission.

    • Establish and implement a plan for effective and creative use of technology in all phases of the university’s work.

    • Serve as a primary intellectual, cultural and economic force within the community and region.


    • Develop and be effective stewards of Schreiner’s resources to achieve the educational mission of the university.

    • Achieve best practices in financial management of the institution.

    • Enhance current and develop new revenue sources to create a margin for excellence.

    • Accomplish the revised facilities master plan for an institution of 1200-1300.



Year established: 1923

Type of school: private university

Programs: four-year undergraduate, master of education, master of business administration

Accreditation: Schreiner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Schreiner University.

The University also holds accreditation by the Texas Board of Nursing, Texas Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners and is approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for teacher certification programs. Documents pertaining to accreditation may be reviewed in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs during normal office hours.

The University holds membership in the following organizations: The American Council on Education, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities, and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Religious affiliation: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Campus enrollment: 1,308 Fall 2016)

Coeducational information: coeducational since 1932

Location description: Central Texas resort area; one hour northwest of San Antonio; 90 minutes west of Austin.

Kerrville: 22,423 according to the 2010 Census; currently projected at 22,750
Kerr County: 43,653 according to the 2000 Census; currently projected at 47,339

Semester/term begin dates: late August

Student/faculty ratio: 14:1

Common Data Set

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Equal Opportunity and Title IX Statement
Schreiner University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, extra curricular programs or employment against any individual on the basis of that individual's race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, veteran status or ethnic origin. Inquiries/complaints should be forwarded to the Director of Human Resources, phone (830) 896-5411.



Our Rich History

Schreiner Old PhotoFounded in 1923, Schreiner is an independent and coeducational university with a rich history steeped in Texas heritage and tradition.

The school was founded by Captain Charles Schreiner; a Hill Country rancher, merchant and former Texas Ranger. Captain Schreiner asked the Presbyterian Church to help him create “facilities for high grade instruction and military training for boys and young men as preparation for college and university work." He donated land along the Guadalupe River to accommodate the new school.

Schreiner's first students arrived in 1923 from remote ranching communities. News of the prep school and its nurturing atmosphere spread quickly. Soon scores of young men from the Southwest and several Central and South American countries, gathered in Kerrville to earn their high school diplomas and junior college degrees.Schreiner Old Classroom

By 1971 the military training was discontinued and the school became fully coeducational. In 1973, Schreiner phased out its high school and strengthened its college curricula. In 1981, the college became a four-year institution, graduating its first baccalaureate class three years later. Only a decade after, Schreiner College was listed as one of the top regional liberal arts colleges in the western United States by the prestigious U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges Guide. In February 2001, the Board of Trustees voted to change from Schreiner College to Schreiner University.


Traditions at Schreiner University

  • Schreiner Fight Song
    Sung to the tune of "On, Wisconsin," Schreiner's fight song lyrics were written mid-century by Sam Junkin, who was then a Schreiner student but destined to become the college's third president. “On, Wisconsin!" was regarded by John Philip Sousa as "the finest of college marching songs."   Click here to play mp3

    Fight for Schreiner.
    Fight for Schreiner.
    Fight to win this game.
    Down the foe team,
    On we go team,
    On to Vic—to—ry.
    Raise our banner,
    Shout Hosanna,
    Glory to her name.
    Fight te—am, Fight—Fight—Fight
    For Schreiner’s fame.

  • The Ancient and Honorable Order of the Campus 
    "The Order" was originally established in 1926 and currently serves as Schreiner's traditions council. It is an elite group of 12 students—one for each member of Schreiner's first graduating class—whose primary goal is to preserve and promote Schreiner's rich history and traditions. The Order hosts events and spirit rallies throughout the year and aims to enrich each student's Mountaineer experience. The Order embodies three foundational principles: pride, scholarship and teamwork.
  • Mountaineer Days
    Orientation to prepare you to become a true mountaineer!
  • Quad Fountain
    While definitely not encouraged, we cannot deny that generations of students have enjoyed creating a fantasy of bubbles in the Quad fountain under cover of darkness.
  • President's Breakfast
    Every month Schreiner's president asks students to join him for breakfast, where they talk about school, pets, parking, and anything else that may come up, in a comfortable, casual setting.
  • Brown-Bag Lunches 
    Throughout the year, some of the University's Trustees meet with students over a brown-bag lunch to talk, whether it's related to school or not.
  • Town Hall Meetings 

    The Student Government Association conducts Town Hall meetings where the campus comes together to discuss issues and new initiatives.

  • Trustee Meetings 

    The Board of Trustees dedicates lunch solely to students, where they exchange ideas about all areas of the University's operations. 

  • Find Your Way Here
    Schreiner University has a history of attracting students who are seekers. They have sought a vision for their place in the world; a career that has meaning for them; as well as the support to achieve goals they weren't sure they could reach. Since its founding, Schreiner has helped its students to find their way. More than a tagline, "Find Your Way Here" is a promise.