Mackenzie Presbyterian University
Location São Paulo,
Funding Type Private
No of Students40000
Type University
Year of Establishment 1870
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Tradition and Pioneering in Education

Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (Portuguese for Mackenzie Presbyterian University) is a private university in São Paulo, Brazil.

Founded in 1870 as the American School, Mackenzie is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Brazil. The university is regarded nationally and internationally as a center of excellence having graduated numerous important names of Brazilian history. Apart from its main campus in São Paulo, Mackenzie University has campuses in the city of Barueri as well as in Brasília, Campinas, Recife, Rio de Janeiro for postgraduate and continuing education.

The nickname "Mackenzista" is often used to refer to Mackenzie present or former students.

Part of the São Paulo Campus on Maria Antônia Street

In 1870, during the Empire, the American Presbyterian missionary Rev. George Whitehill Chamberlain and his wife Mary Annesley founded a private grammar school inside their home. The classes were held in their living room and, a few years later, the "American School" was established as a center of excellence in São Paulo. The Chamberlains' American School was revolutionary for the Brazilian standards at that time: no corporal punishment on students was permitted, and boys and girls could attend classes. Even though the Chamberlains were openly Presbyterians, students from all ethnic background, social classes, and religious denominations were welcomed. The fame of academic rigour allied to religious tolerance soon reached the United States.

In 1896, John Theron Mackenzie, an attorney from Phelps, New York, and his sisters donated US$50,000 "for the establishment of an engineering school to be built under the auspices of Mr. Chamberlain". The Mackenzie building was built next year, and the college was named in their honor.

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