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Maryville College

Maryville, Tennessee

ONE OF THE OLDEST COLLEGES IN THE NATION

Maryville is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the United State and is known for its academic rigor and focus on the liberal arts and sciences- offering nearly 60 pre-professional programs of study. Maryville is a Presbyterian Church (USA)-related college, welcoming students of all faiths. Ideally located between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, Maryville offers students the best of both worlds – quick access to hiking, cycling and other outdoor activities while also being nearby vibrant Knoxville. Additionally, the 320-acre campus includes 118 acres of College Woods that serve as a natural classroom and recreational haven.

 

GRADUATE EXAM, SENIOR THESIS REQUIRED

Maryville College is one of the nation’s few colleges that require seniors to complete a comprehensive exam in their major and conduct an extensive Senior Thesis. This is the capstone of Maryville’s academic rigor, and it enables students to excel in “the real world.” This experience and personalized instruction at Maryville is made possible by a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, which drew praise in recent Princeton Review findings.

 

AHEAD OF ITS TIME

In many ways, Maryville College has always been ahead of its time. The same year as its founding in 1819, George Erskine was allowed to enroll, becoming the first minority student in a Tennessee college. Then, in 1875, Maryville became the first college in Tennessee to award a bachelor’s degree to a woman, Mary Wilson.

 

Watch the Maryville College YouTube video “Come to Maryville College and Set Your Life in Motion”.

Watch the “Stretch Your Mind” video!

Student Profile

1,078 total undergraduate students (47% male, 53% female)
80% in state, and 20% out of state students.

Faculty Profile

79 members of academic staff and a 12:1 student/faculty ratio.

Residence Life

85% of first year students live in college housing.
71% of all undergraduates live in college housing.

School Location

Maryville, Tennessee

Athletics

NCAA Division III Athletics
Men’s Varsity Sports Include: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer and tennis.
Women’s Varsity Sports Include: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
Mascot: Scots
Colors: Orange and Garnet
Intercollegiate, club, and intramural sports also available.

Other Information

Maryville College is a small, 4-year, private liberal arts college founded in 1819, and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

More Distinctions

  • Maryville College has been named a top southeast college in the United States by The Princeton Review.

Engaged Students

Students come to Maryville anticipating an enriching four years of education and a new life, but find so much more than that once they set foot on campus. Being one of the oldest colleges in the country means that Maryville has vast experience in going above and beyond to give students four years that will make a lasting impact on the rest of their lives. Just a few examples of the Maryville difference are:

Mountain Challenge—This unique to Maryville program provides an outlet for students to get back to nature with little or no experience and conquer the wilderness of Tennessee. The only requirement of this one hour credit class is a willingness to step outside the box and try new experiences in bicycle trips canoe trips, caving, rafting, hiking and much more!

Model United Nations—The long-standing Model UN program provides students the skills and experience to develop know-how beyond the usual. Students have the option to enroll in a course studying the operations of the UN and hold a conference for high school students to share their new found knowledge. 

The Senior Study—This is an Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression Program is a distinctive part of every Maryville student’s studies. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, Senior Study allows students to dig deep into their majors and discover what really inspires them.

Study Abroad—While many colleges offer the option to study in a foreign country, Maryville deepens the experience by unapologetically immersing their students in a new culture. Students make life long connections with international and local communities over summer sessions, winter sessions, or a semester abroad.

Great Teaching

When teaching is done strictly by the book students lose hold of what getting an education is all about. While every program of study contains the familiar classroom, laboratory, library and studio elements, Maryville’s core curriculum not only encourages non-traditional learning—it requires it! 

The experimental learning requirement begins when students enter into the college as freshmen. All students take a freshman course on the environment that uses an experimental approach with stress on effective change and growth. Maryville believes that experimental learning allows students to learn how to adapt to a new environment, to act without one’s customary support system, and to develop trust in one’s own resources of intelligence and discipline. After freshman year, another three credit hour experimental education requirement must be filled—but clearly Maryville students think it of as more of a privilege than a requirement. 

Maryville administration and faculty design experimental education courses to contain the following characteristics: 

  • It involves active and sustained participation by the student.
  • It is a kind of experience that the student has not had before.
  • It requires the student not only to do something new but to stand back from the activity, assess its significance, and draw conclusions about it.
  • It provides opportunities to test these conclusions (or in the case of a skill-oriented course, to demonstrate increased mastery.)
  • It has as a major goal some modification in attitude or outlook, some change in personal perspective, and some deepening of insight regarding oneself and others or oneself and the world.

 

Vibrant Communities

To prepare students for a world of uncertainty and accelerating change, Maryville College seeks to stimulate purposeful inquiry, to encourage analytical thinking and effective expression, to foster discriminating aesthetic taste and sound judgment, to provide opportunity for developing personal values, and to nurture the deep concern for persons that leads to constructive action.

Maryville College is, in essence, a community for learning. This community includes persons with a variety of interests, backgrounds, beliefs, and nationalities. The faculty, as a group of scholars committed to the preservation and advancement of knowledge, emphasizes effective teaching and encourages supportive relationships with students. The students are challenged to grow in academic competence, personal and social maturity, and spiritual discernment and commitment. 

Its rankings by The Princeton Review as a top college in the southeast in 2012 is testament that Maryville College is succeeding in its mission. Students called Maryville College a “small college with a strong sense of community” and praised its “broad and extensive” core curriculum.

“We are not about just instructing,” said Dr. Drew Crain, professor of Biology. “We are about developing leaders, and the way we do that is by having extremely rigorous academic coursework that prepares our students for lives of contribution to society as well as success in whatever personal calling they choose.” 

In such an atmosphere of openness and caring, lasting friendships are formed. Through caring for others on campus and beyond, sharing genuine concern for the world, and working to fulfill the College’s purpose, directors, administration, staff, faculty and students strive to build and strengthen the human community.

Successful Outcomes

Maryville has long been a college ahead of its time, and trains their students to think just as progressively. In the same year as its founding in 1819, George Erskine was allowed to enroll, becoming the first minority student in a Tennessee College. Then, in 1875, Maryville became the first college in Tennessee to award a bachelor’s degree to a woman, Mary Wilson. While not every student can be a record-holder, graduates from Maryville leave campus and enter society with a rare confidence and esteem that one can only get from a small, historical education.

Maryville College is one of the nation’s few colleges that require seniors to complete a comprehensive exam in their major and conduct an extensive Senior Thesis. This is the capstone of Maryville’s academic rigor, and it enables students to excel in “the real world.” This experience and personalized instruction at Maryville is made possible by a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, which drew praise in recent Princeton Review findings.

Admissions and Financial Aid

2011 – 2012: Comprehensive tuition: $43,638 (Tuition: $30,522; Room and board: $9,696; Books and supplies: $1,080; Estimated personal expenses: $1,270; Transportation expenses: $1,070). 
Average financial aid package: $29,755
88% of financial need is met (on average).

Endowment

$61.6 Million