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Maryville College

Maryville, Tennessee


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 as well as the vibrant Knoxville culture and resources. Additionally, the 320-acre campus includes 118 acres of College Woods that serve as both a natural classroom and a recreational haven.



In many ways, Maryville College has always been ahead of its time. In the same year as its founding in 1819, the College admitted the first minority student to enroll in a Tennessee institution, George Erskine. 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


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%


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
Intercollegiate, club, and intramural sports also available

Mascot: Scots
Colors: Orange and Garnet

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 may come to Maryville anticipating an enriching four years of education, but they find so much more upon setting foot on campus. As one of the oldest colleges in the country, Maryville has a an extensive history of making a meaningful and lasting impact on its students’ lives.

Model United Nations

Maryville’s long-standing Model UN program has spent years engaging students in the global political conversation. This intellectually charged program is famous for taking a hands-on approach to leadership, public speaking, and debate. Such a strong program exemplifies Maryville’s history of global awareness and cultural respect, challenging students to role-play as citizens of other countries. One of the most distinctive programs in the nation, the College’s Model United Nations also hosts a conference for high school students to learn more about the inner workings of international diplomacy.

The Senior Study

The Senior Study is a distinctive part of every Maryville student’s studies. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, seniors conclude their academic experiences by digging deeply into the majors and what has inspired them throughout their undergraduate careers. The Senior Study challenges every student to reflect on what they have learned, all while discovering something new as well.

Study Abroad

While many colleges offer the option to study in a foreign country, Maryville commits to sending its students on fully immersive cultural excursions. Global exposure makes students more well rounded, helping them stand out in the job market by developing their cross-cultural proficiency and awareness. International experiences are so highly valued that it offers programs year-round, throughout the semester as well as during the summer and winter breaks.


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  
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 an education is really all about. Maryville’s core curriculum is non-traditional in all the best ways, taking an interesting and explorative spin on the classroom, laboratory, and studio environments.

Experiential Learning

The experiential learning requirement begins right when students step foot on campus, as all students take a freshman course that uses an experimental approach to analyze the effective change and growth of the environment. Experiential learning allows students to learn how to adapt to a new environment, to act without a customary support system, and to develop trust in their own resources of intelligence and discipline. And, even after freshman year, experiential learning is bound to find its way on every student’s course schedule.

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 also 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

Maryville College is, in essence, a community for learning. This community includes persons with a variety of interests, backgrounds, beliefs, and nationalities. Faculty emphasize effective teaching and strive to build supportive relationships with their students, challenging them to grow in academic competence, personal and social maturity, and spiritual discernment and commitment.

In such an atmosphere of openness and caring, lasting friendships are formed. As they share a genuine concern for the world and work to fulfill the College’s mission and purpose, directors, administration, staff, faculty, and students alike strive to build and strengthen the entire community.

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


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


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

Mountain Challenge

The Mountain Challenge, unique to Maryville, is an exciting outlet for students to dive into nature and conquer the wilderness of Tennessee—no matter their experience in the great outdoors! As a one-credit class, this Challenge fosters a daring incentive to step outside of the box and try new experiences like biking, canoeing, caving, rafting, and much more! The fall and spring offerings vary season-by-season in order to follow the landscape’s most valuable features. Students who take on the Mountain Challenge are bound to form a community with their adventurous group of peers, sharing their life-changing challenges alongside one another.


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  

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, which enables students to excel in “the real world.” Such an involved experience is supported through personalized, one-on-one instruction, which is made possible by MAryville’s 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.


Admissions Fall 2015

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

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

Application Essay
Character/personal qualities

Extracurricular activities
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    


Net Price Calculator 


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


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