ONE OF THE OLDEST COLLEGES IN THE NATION
Founded in 1819, Maryville is one of the 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. Ideally located between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, Tenn., Maryville offers students the best of both worlds: quick access to hiking, paddling, biking, and other outdoor activities as well as the culture and resources of a vibrant city. Additionally, the 263-acre campus includes 140 acres of College Woods that serve as both a natural classroom and a recreational haven. Maryville is a Presbyterian Church (USA)-related college, welcoming students of all faiths.
Since its founding, Maryville College has been committed to diversity. Mary Wilson, the first woman to earn a bachelor’s degree in Tennessee, earned hers in 1875 from Maryville College. And five years later, William Henderson Franklin became the first African American to graduate from the College. Still believing that a diverse student body enriches the educational experience for all students, the College has initiatives underway to enroll different populations, including Latinos, veterans and their dependents, and transfer students.
“I chose Maryville College because of the small class setting and the academic curriculum. Although it is challenging, professors are always willing to help. I love the atmosphere. Everyone has made me feel welcomed from the moment I first visited Maryville.” – Edna Hernandez
Get to know Maryville College
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Symphony orchestra
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Math Tank
- Supplemental Instruction Sessions
- Center for Campus Ministry
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
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 an extensive history of making a meaningful and lasting impact on its students’ lives.
“I had a desire to develop a larger perspective of the world to truly carry out Maryville College’s mission statement on a global scale to ‘search for truth, grow in wisdom, and work for justice and dedicate a life of creativity and service to the peoples of the WORLD.’ My time abroad allowed me to develop a sense of purpose and a passion for understanding,” – Albrianna Jenkins
THE SENIOR STUDY
Since 1947, the Senior Study has been a distinctive part of every Maryville student’s experience. In this two-semester, faculty-supervised undergraduate research project, students choose a topic related to their major and explore their career goals and passions. Completed studies take many forms (traditional research, original compositions, field work, etc.) and are impressive additions to résumés and graduate school applications. Studies that are deemed “exemplary” by the Maryville College faculty are added to the College library’s permanent collection.
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 Maryville offers programs year-round. Faculty-led travel-study courses focus on particular subjects or issues.
Service is an integral part of the Maryville College experience and a major component of the College’s Statement of Purpose. Offering a variety of service opportunities provides students with a unique connection to local, national, and global communities. Such a focus equips students with a vital perspective of civic engagement, community partnership, social responsibility, and many other life skills that will remain valuable after leaving Maryville College.
Since 2015, Maryville College has competed in the annual Hult Prize, an international contest that has been called “the Nobel Prize for Students” because of its vision to harness the intellect and creativity found on college and university campuses to address global social challenges. Founded by the Hult International Business School and run by the Hult Prize Foundation, the prize encourages teams of three or four students to develop innovative startup enterprises, solve a specific global problem, and then compete in multiple rounds over several months until a winner is announced.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 68 | 10-19: 122 | 20-29: 83
30-39: 24 | 40-49: 4 | 50-99: 1 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 11%
White, non-Hispanic: 76%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
“I became interested in pursuing research as a career after completing my senior research project studying bacterial luciferase with Dr. [Angelia] Gibson. The personalized mentorship I received at Maryville College really helped to give me the confidence and skills I needed to achieve my career goals.” – Jonathan Augustin, fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
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.
A core requirement for freshmen starting their college experience, First-Year Seminars vary in topic and reflect their professors’ interests and expertise. Serving as a multi-faceted introduction to college life, Maryville College academics, and the liberal arts approach to learning, FYS courses explore topics such as happiness, improvisation, the structure and functions of business, and the history of law.
FACULTY-LED TRAVEL-STUDY COURSES
May and Spring Break travel-study programs are faculty-led experiences that offer sophomores, juniors, and seniors alternate study environments, domestic and international experiences, and exposure to diverse cultures while earning credit toward their degree. The programs have experiential learning as the focus and are typically two to three weeks in length. Recent course titles include Tropical Ecology in Bonaire, The Legacy of Greece, and A History of Immigration in New York City.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
Liberal arts/career combination
“You should choose Maryville because there is no other community where you can experience such a beautiful campus, compete for conference championships each year while playing the sports you love, and still walk out with a prestigious diploma that will help you get ahead in life.” – Wes Bloeme ‘17
Located on the Maryville campus, Mountain Challenge, LLC, is an outdoor adventure and team-building program that strives “to provide high-quality, safe outdoor experiences designed to change the world for the better, one person at a time.” Mountain Challenge activities are incorporated into Orientation classes and, year-round, students can sign up for off-campus trips to canoe, hike, raft, bike, rock-climb, and cave. “Camp 4,” an outdoor initiative designed by Mountain Challenge staff members to address physical inactivity in the community, is open once a week and also available to students.
FIT. GREEN. HAPPY.®
Fit. Green. Happy.® is a program developed by Maryville’s Mountain Challenge to focus on improving the fitness of the Maryville College community, getting people outdoors, contributing to environmental sustainability, and fostering happiness. The College is also recognized as an Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIMOC) school, earning gold-level distinction from this American College of Sports Medicine initiative in 2018.
THEMED LIVING COMMUNITIES
Launched in the fall of 2018, themed living aims to build communities of like-minded students within the residence halls. Currently, programming is focused on three themes: Fit. Green. Happy.®, community engagement, and scholar-athlete. The College’s wellness residence, Gibson Hall, adopted Fit. Green. Happy.® in partnership with Mountain Challenge. The community engagement theme is housed in Davis Hall and helps members get involved with the local community through service. The scholar-athlete community in Gamble Hall is dedicated to helping athletes balance the demands of athletics and academics.
Students are able to choose whether to be a part of a themed living community when applying for housing; however, there is no mandatory component. Students are free to choose when to participate in themed programming and, despite being housed in specific residence halls, any student is welcome to participate in the themed communities’ programming.
CLAYTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The $47-million Clayton Center for the Arts opened in 2010. Home to the College’s Fine Arts Division and a gathering place for the community to celebrate the arts and culture of the region, the Clayton Center gives all students opportunities to see national and international shows and exhibits while also giving students majoring in the fine arts opportunities to work, perform, and exhibit in state-of-the-art venues. The facility includes: the 1,200-seat Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre (proscenium theatre with continental seating), the 200-seat Haslam Family Flexible Theatre, the 252-seat Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, state-of-the-art classrooms, costume and scene shops, and multiple dressing rooms.
Beautifully situated between Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains, Maryville College’s location couldn’t be more ideal for students looking for job opportunities, outdoor adventures, culture, and entertainment. The twin cities of Maryville and Alcoa have a combined population of nearly 40,000 and are known for their friendliness, high quality of life, and superb education and employment options. In the center of it all, Maryville College’s 263-acre campus—with historic buildings and 140 acres of College Woods that serve as both a natural classroom and recreational haven—makes for a perfect home away from home.
NCAA Division III Athletics
Men’s varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, and tennis
Women’s varsity sports: basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball.
Intramural and club sports are also available, including equestrian.
Colors: Orange and Garnet
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 79%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
BRIDGING COLLEGE TO CAREER
The “Maryville College Works” program is designed to deliver comprehensive career preparation, professional experience, and mentoring to all students across the four-year curriculum. The College is located within minutes from Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, providing students with the opportunity to intern or work with such employers as Blount Memorial Hospital, HGTV, the National Park Service, Newell Rubbermaid, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Scripps Network, just to name a few.
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 Study. 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.
“The courses I took at Maryville College were designed and structured to be provocative, to make students see things from different perspectives, and to examine the unexpected ways in which things are connected to help develop unexpected, innovative solutions to these pressing questions. I was able to debate, discuss, and have conversations about sensitive and complex issues in those classrooms, unpacking problems and hearing others’ input in ways that I simply would not have been able to if I had chosen to go to a large state school for my undergrad. The intimacy of the classes at Maryville also put the pressure on students to be informed and aware of what was happening in the world and to be able to find connections and applications between our lectures and reality—a skill that is not only important to have for my master’s program and future work, but one that I find to be imperative to being a good world citizen.” – Kalyn Carpenter, Class of 2019
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Class rank | Recommendation(s)
Interview | Character/personal qualities
Application Essay | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Volunteer work
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 490 | 75th Percentile: 620
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
Tuition & Cost
Maryville College believes in rewarding hard work with generous merit- and need-based aid. Also available are competitive scholarships and fellowships valued between $19,000 to full tuition. Nearly 100% of full-time students receive financial aid. Maryville College’s admissions staff will also assist its students with the financial aid process.
Competitive scholarships and fellowships include:
- The Dan and Melanie Mays McGill Scholarship (full tuition)
- McGill Fellowships
- The Scots Science Scholarships for STEM majors
- Bonner Scholarships for service
- Isaac Anderson Fellowship for Church Leadership
- Music, Theatre, and Art scholarships
- Mountain Challenge Fellowships
- ALANA Cultural Diversity Award
- Yellow Ribbon (Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, the VA and Maryville College will cover 100% of the cost of a student’s tuition and fees.)
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