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Where We Came From

Named after the Texas Ranger and “Father of the Hill Country” who provided the original land and endowment for the school in 1923, Schreiner University is a product of the soil in which it was grown. Captain Charles Schreiner immigrated to Texas as a teenager and lost his parents soon after he arrived. Through hard-work and commitment, he built a livestock, retail, and banking empire in Kerr County, the heart of the Texas Hill Country. His story, like those of so many other Texans, is one of courage, strength, hope, and resolve. Though the odds were against him, Captain Schreiner had a vision of a vibrant and diverse Texas Hill Country that included a school educating young men—and later young women—in the military tradition.

Schreiner Institute also grew out of the vision of the Presbytery of Western Texas. In the tradition of the denomination, the Presbytery of Western Texas recognized the people of the Texas Hill Country required a quality education in order for their minds and, therefore, their hearts to be liberated and truly free. As early as 1906, records indicate the Presbytery intended to start a school in Kerrville. In 1923, working alongside Captain Schreiner, it saw that school—Schreiner Institute—become a reality.

Out of the minds and hearts of Captain Schreiner and the Presbytery of West Texas grew the maverick educational institution known today as Schreiner University.

Who We Are

At Schreiner University, students enter with hope and leave with achievement. We are a diverse, fiercely independent university. We are affiliated by choice and covenant with the Presbyterian Church (USA) with a main campus in the Texas Hill Country and first year campuses throughout the state.

What We Do

Schreiner University is a place of opportunity. We offer undergraduate and graduate students a personalized, integrated, and holistic educational experience that prepares them for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society. Students study in-depth in a specific area of interest while acquiring broad skills and habits of mind to navigate a complex, diverse, and unscripted future.

Why We Do It

  • All students are valuable and unique;
  • Every student should grow intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially;
  • We value diversity of people and thought in a setting of open, civil discourse;
  • Life-long learning and service to society are critical in a global world; and
  • Higher education must develop thoughtful, productive, and ethical citizens.

Where We're Going

By 2023, Schreiner University will be a university of 2,250 students, educating men and women for service and leadership in the Hill Country, Texas, the nation, and world. We will recruit enthusiastic and diverse men and women and forge in them the intellectual, emotional, and personal resilience that has made Schreiner Institute, College, and University the uniquely Texan educational institution it has been, is, and will be.


    • 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

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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.