Murwillumbah has long been a centre of educational excellence.
In the town and surrounding villages there are 18 primary schools and five high schools both private and public.
There are seven pre-school facilities including early day care, a large TAFE facility at the top of Main Street and an active Adult Education program. A campus of Southern Cross University is located at nearby Tweed Heads.
Murwillumbah Public School was opened in 1873 while Murwillumbah High School was established in 1929. It is one of the oldest comprehensive co-educational secondary schools in NSW and has a strong tradition of academic, arts (particularly music), cultural and sporting achievement.
Wollumbin High School was opened in 1995 to cater for the pressing demand for a second public high school.
Mount St Patrick Catholic Primary School was opened in 1904 and the secondary school, now called Mount St Patrick College, was opened in 1926. Both the primary school and high school have a strong reputation for scholastic excellence and are the largest private schools in Murwillumbah.
There is also a Seventh Day Adventist primary and secondary school - Tweed Valley College and a Christian primary and secondary school - Murwillumbah Christian College.
The oldest primary school is Tumbulgum Public School which was opened in 1871.