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MARYVILLE COLLEGE
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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 States 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.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,213 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
35% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
76 full-time faculty
43 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
90% of first year students live on campus
73% of all students live on campus

School Location

Maryville, Tennessee

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

70.4% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

53% of students graduated in 6 years

ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015

Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 17%
White 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%

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.

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 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 lifelong connections with international and local communities over summer sessions, winter sessions, or a semester abroad.

ACTIVITIES OFFERED

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater  
Opera  
Pep band X
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X

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!

Experiential Learning

The experiential 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 experiential 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 experiential 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.

A Strong Community of Educators and Learners

To prepare students for a world of uncertainty and accelerating change, Maryville seeks to:

  • Stimulate purposeful inquiry
  • Encourage analytical thinking and effective expression
  • Foster discriminating aesthetic taste and sound judgment
  • Provide opportunity for developing personal values
  • 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 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.

“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.

COMMON CORE

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

 

Other: Senior Study

CLASS SIZE BREAKDOWN

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 40 106 82 36 2 2 0 268

CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

Maryville has long been a college ahead of its time, and trains its 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.

Senior Exams and Theses

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

Admissions Fall 2015

1,701 Total Applicants
1,136 Total Admissions
338 Total Freshmen Enrollment

Selectivity
66.78% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Important
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Interview
Character/personal qualities

Considered
Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability
Volunteer work

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 560
SAT Math 440 540
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math 18 26
ACT English 20 28
ACT Writing    

TUITION AND COSTS

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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-17

Expenses  
Tuition $32,746
Fees $778
Total $33,524
   
Room and Board (on campus) $10,868
Estimated Total On Campus $44,392

FINANCIAL AID

Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 Estimated

$34,507 First year students
$26,268 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 Estimated

85 % on average, the percentage of need that was met
24% of financial need students that had need fully met

$26,268 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,817 Average need-based loan

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