- This article is about Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. For Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, see Maryville University.
|Motto||Stretch Your Mind|
|Type||Private: Liberal Arts|
|Endowment||US $54.2 million|
|President||Dr. Tom Bogart|
|Academic staff||79, with student faculty ratio of 1/12|
|Location||Maryville, Tennessee, USA|
|Campus||Suburban 320 acres|
|Colors||Orange and Garnet|
Maryville College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college in Maryville, Tennessee, United States, near Knoxville. It was founded in 1819 by Presbyterian minister Isaac L. Anderson for the purpose of furthering education and enlightenment into the West. The college is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the United States and the 12th-oldest institution in the South. It is associated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), and enrolls about 1,093 students. Maryville College's mascot is the Scots. The sports teams compete in NCAA Division III athletics in the Great South Athletic Conference and the USA South Athletic Conference.
As a liberal arts school, the college promotes a well-rounded education. The school requires numerous general education courses to achieve this. The courses are taken through the conclusion of the student's education, contributing to the graduating student's becoming knowledgeable in a number of fields.
Maryville College offers the following degrees:
|American Sign Language and Deaf Studies||Art|
|Child Development and Learning||Computer Science/Business|
|Environmental Studies||Health Care (Nursing)|
|American Sign Language-English Interpreting||Sociology|
|Spanish||Teaching English as a Second Language|
In addition to these majors, a number of degree programs are available for teacher licensure.
Maryville College is one of the few colleges in the nation that requires graduating students to complete a comprehensive exam in their major and conduct an extensive senior thesis.
Maryville College was ranked No. 3 in U.S. News & World Report for "Best Comprehensive-Bachelor’s” category for southern colleges and universities in both 2006 and 2007.
Maryville College operates on the nontraditional 4-1-4 schedule. During January, students take a J-Term course which lasts for the month and typically incorporates experiential learning. Study abroad trips are also offered during J-term.
Maryville College was founded as the Southern and Western Theological Seminary in 1819 by Isaac L. Anderson, a Presbyterian minister. Anderson had founded a school, Union Academy, in nearby Knox County, before becoming minister at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville. He expressed to his fellow clergy the need for more ministers in the community, including a request to the Home Missionary Society and an appeal to divinity students at Princeton University in 1819. The new seminary was intended to help fill this need for ministers. It opened with a class of five men, and the new school was adopted by the Synod of Tennessee and formally named the Southern and Western Theological Seminary in October 1819.
In 2004, Maryville College was recognized by the Race Relations Center of East Tennessee for its history of "contributing to improving the quality of life for all in East Tennessee". Maryville College was racially integrated from its earliest days. An ex-slave named George Erskine studied there in 1819, sponsored by the Manumission Society of Tennessee. Erskine went on to preach during the 1820s and was formally ordained by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1829.
When the State of Tennessee forced Maryville College to segregate in 1901, the College gave $25,000—a little more than a tenth of its endowment at the time—to Swift Memorial Institute, the college's sister school. Swift was founded by William Henderson Franklin, the first African American to graduate from Maryville College (1880). His institute educated black students during the era of imposed segregation.
After the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Maryville College immediately re-enrolled African Americans.
In 1875, Maryville College conferred the first college degree to a woman in the state of Tennessee. The recipient was Mary T. Wilson, the older sister of Samuel T. Wilson, who later served as president of the college from 1901 until 1930.
Maryville College is located in the City of Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee. It is within a 30-minute drive of the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America, and 20 minutes from Knoxville, third-largest city in Tennessee. Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee's flagship institution, as well as the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which provides electricity for seven adjacent states. Within one hour of Maryville College is the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Buildings on campus
- Anderson Hall: The oldest building on campus, Anderson Hall houses the Humanities department and Education department.
- Thaw Hall: This building functions as the campus library, as well as housing the Social Sciences and Environmental Studies departments.
- Cooper Athletics Center: This building currently houses the Athletics department.
- Fayerweather Hall: Originally a science building, Fayerweather now houses most of the administrative offices of Maryville College.
- Bartlett Hall: Built by Kin Takahashi and many other students, this building houses the offices of Student Development, Student Involvement, Resident Life, Center for Calling and Careers, The Learning center, Security, the book store, the Post Office, Multicultural Center, and Isaac's Cafe.
- Pearsons Hall: This building houses the main dining hall.
- Sutton Science Center: The building houses the departments of Math, Chemistry, Biology, American Sign Language, and Deaf Studies.
- Clayton Center for the Arts: This building is the newest building at MC. It houses the music department and has live acts, plays, and local and national productions.
- Willard House: This building houses the office of Advancement.
- The House in the Woods: This building is used for the meeting space at MC. This building was previously used to house the campus minister.
- Alexander House: This building houses some Advancement offices, Church Relations, and Keep Blount Beautiful.
- Crawford House: This building houses Mountain Challenge.
- Ruby Tuesday (RT) Lodge: Since 1997, this building has been used as a private corporate retreat for the company Ruby Tuesday.
- Alumni Gym: This building is used to house campus events.
- Physical Plant: This is where all campus maintenance offices are located.
- Center for Campus Ministry: This building houses the campus chapel and is the office of the campus Minister, Volunteer relations, and several other "volunteer" related officers.
The vast majority of Maryville College students reside in one of the many on-campus residence halls, which are:
- Gamble Hall: All male; typically freshman housing. Rooms are available as both doubles and singles. Also features communal bathrooms.
- Davis Hall: All female; typically freshman housing. Rooms are available as both doubles and singles. Also features communal bathrooms.
- Copeland Hall: Co-ed; typically freshman housing. Rooms are available as both doubles and singles. Also features communal bathrooms.
- Pearsons Hall: No longer used for residence..
- Lloyd Hall: Primarily upper class, Lloyd Hall offers suite-style living. These rooms are composed of a living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Some rooms also contain kitchens.
- Carnegie Hall: Upper class living that includes a variety of different room types. Rooms can be suite style or single, with all rooms containing individual bathrooms and some with individual kitchens.
- Beeson Village: A complex of primarily upper class residences. Beeson Village offers apartment style living and is one of the newer campus living accommodations.
- Court Street Apartments: Located just off campus, Court Street Apartments offer single bedroom apartments shared by two students.
- Gibson Hall: The newest dorm at Maryville College, which offers suite style living almost identical to that of Lloyd Hall. Gibson Hall is a "wellness hall," which means that students must refrain from drinking, smoking, and drug use within the building.
All residence halls besides Copeland, Davis, Gamble, and Gibson allow alcohol to those of age.
Campus improvement plan
In 2010 Maryville College finished the construction of the Clayton Center for the Arts. This new CCA building is home to a large theatre, a flex theatre, and also classrooms and offices for professors of Maryville College. There are also plans to renovate Anderson Hall beginning June 2013. The renovations will focus on the interior and are estimated to be completed by August 2014.
Features of the college
The college’s heating system started as an experiment by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Department of Energy and the College in 1982. Coinciding with the World’s Fair in Knoxville, the experiment tested the efficiency of burning wood waste as an energy source. Tours of the plant and demonstrations were held at the College.
- For more information about student organizations see the Office of Student Involvement.
- Alpha Psi Omega (Drama)
- Alternative Fall Break
- Alternative Spring Break
- American Chemical Society
- Association for Computing Machinery
- Beta Beta Beta (Biology)
- Biology Club
- Black Student Association
- Campus Commuters and Friends
- Chilhowean (Yearbook)
- Circle K
- College Democrats
- College Republicans
- Culinary Club
- Deutsche AG
- El Club de Espanol
- Entrepreneurship Club
- Environmental Action Team
- Erskine Tutors
- Face AIDS
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Global Citizenship Organization
- GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
- Habitat for Humanity
- Highland Echo (Newspaper)
- Highland Leadership Program
- History Society/Phi Alpha Theta
- Humans v. Zombies
- Impressions (Literary Magazine)
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
- Intramural Sports
- Japanese Club
- Judicial Board
- MC Badminton Club
- MC Bahai Association
- MC Dance Ensemble
- MC Equestrian Team
- MC Libertarians
- MC Literacy Corps
- MC Scots Pep Band
- MC Soccer Club
- Model UN
- Mountain Challenge
- No Woman Left Behind
- Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
- Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership)
- Peace & World Concerns
- Peer Mentors (Orientation)
- Philosophy Club
- Progressive Christian Community
- Psi Chi (Psychology)
- Residence Hall Association
- Scotties Dance Team
- Sigma Lambda Kappa (Sign Language)
- Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society)
- Sisters in Spirit (Women's Issues)
- Ski and Snowboarding Club
- Student Government Association
- Student Programming Board
- The Bicycle Club
- Ultimate Club
- Up 'Til Dawn
- Voices of Praise
Maryville College sponsors 13 varsity sports under the guidelines of the NCAA Division III. Varsity sports include men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, baseball, and softball. Maryville competed in the Great South Athletic Conference, with football competing in the USA South Athletic Conference. As of fall 2012, all teams are competing in the USA South Conference. Maryville College played in the first Tangerine Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) in 1947, losing 31 - 0 to Catawba College.
- Frank Moore Cross - a Professor Emeritus of the Harvard Divinity School, notable for both his work in the interpretation of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as his analysis of the Deuteronomistic History (DH).
- Bryant Cureton - 12th President of Elmhurst College.
- Donald West Harward - President of Bates College.
- Dorothy Andrews Elston Kabis - The 33rd Treasurer of the United States (1969–1971), appointed by President Richard Nixon.
- Sen Katayama, co-founder of Japanese Communist Party
- Roy Kramer — former Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference.
- Beulah Duggan Linn - Sevier County Tennessee Historian 
- Wiley Blount Rutledge, Associate Justice of United States Supreme Court from 1943-1949.
- Tom Saffell, Major League Baseball player from 1949 to 1959.
- Richard B. Sellars (1915–2010), Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson.
- Roy Arthur Taylor - U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1960–1977
- George Verwer - Evangelist and founder of Operation Mobilisation
Where Chilhowee’s lofty mountains Pierce the southern blue Proudly stands our Alma Mater, Noble, grand, and true.
CHORUS: Orange, Garnet, float forever, Ensign of our hill! Hail to thee, our Alma Mater, Hail to Maryville!
As the hilltop crowned with cedars Ever green appears, So the memory fresh shall linger Through life’s smiles and tears.
— CHORUS —
Lift the chorus, wake the echoes, Make the welkin ring! Hail the queen of all the highlands, Loud her praises sing!
— CHORUS —
- As of February 4, 2013. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
- Contributions to American Educational History, by Herbert Baxter Adams, 1893. Available from Google Books
- College receives award from Race Relations Center, by Karen B. Eldridge, November 9, 2004. Maryville College News
- Maryville College; An Early Leader in the Struggle for Biracial Education in Tennessee, 1819-1901, by James B. Jones, Jr., available from Southern History
- When Lawyers Go Wrong, Historians Set the Record Straight, by Ralph Luker, History News Network
- "Our History, RT Lodge". RT Lodge. 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
- Abelson, Reed. "Richard B. Sellars, Former Chief of Johnson & Johnson, Dies at 94", The New York Times, June 26, 2010.