Schreiner University has provided military instruction and programing to its students for nearly 100 years. In 1917 Captain Charles Schreiner, rancher, merchant, and former Texas Ranger, envisioned an institution that would provide an educational opportunity for ranch boys who lived too far away from a public school. His vision was made possible by the support of the Presbyterian Church. In 1923, Schreiner Institute was established.
When Schreiner Institute first opened its doors, it served 95 young men from the Texas Hill Country and a few from surrounding states. These students were faced with the challenge of not only participating in the regular routine of academic programs, but they also learned military drills, bearing, and discipline through a strictly enforced regimen.
These students began their days with a morning workout, followed by an inspection of their living quarters, and then spent the next 6 to 7 hours in a classroom where they were challenged (four square) mentally. Following their time in the classroom they spent an hour conducting close-order drill 3 days a week. After performing drill, students would have a brief amount of time to relax and eat before conducting a nightly study hall. By no later than 9:45 pm they would be in their beds in order to rest up for the next day’s events.
Schreiner Institute Today
What originally started out as Schreiner Institute has emerged to become a modern university. Although military instruction is not required as core component to the curriculum, Schreiner University still offers programing in line with military tradition, such as ROTC, and academy preparatory. Today, Schreiner Institute is a program designed to provide comprehensive support and programming for students working to receive a military academy appointment, those who wish to pursue a commission through ROTC, as well as active duty military and veterans transitioning back into civilian life. The mission of Schreiner University is “to prepare students for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.” Schreiner Institute strongly supports the university’s mission through three programs: ROTC, Military Academy Preparatory, and Veteran Affairs. Through the services provided in each of these programs, students will be better prepared for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society.