Schreiner University’s Heritage
Founded 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.
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