Maryville University

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This article is about Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. For Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, see Maryville College.
Maryville University of St. Louis
Maryville University Logo.png
Established 1872
Type Private
Endowment $35.1 million[1]
President Mark Lombardi
Academic staff 300+
Students 5,033
Undergraduates 1,977
+ 852 Weekend College
Postgraduates 2,204
Location Town and Country, Missouri, USA
38°38′45″N 90°30′14″W / 38.6459°N 90.5038°W / 38.6459; -90.5038Coordinates: 38°38′45″N 90°30′14″W / 38.6459°N 90.5038°W / 38.6459; -90.5038
Campus Suburban
Colors Red, White and Black
Nickname Saints
Mascot "Louie" the Saint Bernard
and "LJ" Louie Jr.
Website www.maryville.edu

Maryville University of St. Louis is a private, coeducational university located in the city of Town and Country, Missouri, United States.[2][3] It was founded in 1872 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic order established in France by women dedicated to education.[4]

History[5][edit]

One of the oldest private institutions in Greater St. Louis, Maryville was founded in 1872 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart in south St. Louis as an academy for young women. The school became a junior college, then a four-year college in 1923. Seeing the growth potential of western St. Louis County, in the late 1950s, the school purchased 290 acres (117.4 ha) of land adjacent to U.S. Highway 40, which was then St. Louis' main east-west thoroughfare. The dedication of the new campus on this site in 1961 marked the beginning of Maryville's move toward being a community-oriented liberal arts institution. In 1968, the University became a co-educational institution. In Maryville's Centennial year of 1972, ownership of the college was transferred to a lay board of trustees. In 1981, Maryville launched Weekend College, making it possible for the first time for St. Louis-area working adults to complete entire degree programs entirely on weekends. In June 1991, Maryville made the transition to university status.

Since the opening of the West County Main Campus, additional construction has accompanied the institution's growth. The University Library opened in 1988. Former president Keith Lovin initiated a significant amount of construction in 1997 with the construction of the new Art and Design Building and the link between academic buildings. The Donius University Center was completed in 2001, the new theatre auditorium opened in 2002, and apartment style dormitories in 2003. An additional apartment building and the Buder Family Commons were completed in 2006. In the Fall of 2010, Maryville Hall (residence hall)--- purchased from the Marriott Corporation--- was opened for students, and construction began on the dining court in Gander Hall. On September 27, 2013, Maryville broke ground for Myrtle E. and Earl E. Walker Hall. When it opens in 2015, Walker Hall will house the School of Health Professions and the new Catherine McAuley School of Nursing.

In addition to the Main Campus, Maryville University also operates centers in Lake St. Louis and Sunset Hills. These centers offer facilities and services for students enrolled in the school's Weekend and Evening College.

Note: After the opening of the new campus, the old one on Meramec Avenue in south St. Louis was taken over by the Midwest Province of the Augustinian Fathers who established Augustinian Academy, a college prep school for boys.

Academics[edit]

Academic Units[6][edit]

  • The College of Arts and Sciences offers graduate and undergraduate programs within the four main areas of art and design, the humanities, science and mathematics, and the social sciences.
  • The School of Education has a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs in education.
  • The College of Health Professions provides a wide range of programs in the health professions, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and music therapy. Maryville is one of only three universities in Missouri to offer a degree in music therapy.
  • The John E. Simon School of Business, named after the late St. Louis philanthropist, offers programs in accounting, marketing, e-business, business administration, information systems, and other areas of business studies. The school fosters a strong relationship with Edward Jones Investments.
  • The School of Adult and Online Education provides educational opportunities online and through the Weekend and Evening College on the main campus and at three St. Louis area satellite campuses.[7]
  • The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing will be the name of the nursing department when it makes the transition to become the university's sixth school. In recognition of a gift from Mercy Hospital—St. Louis, the new school will be named in honor of the founder of the Sisters of Mercy.[8]

Accreditation[edit]

Maryville University of Saint Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[9] The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education[10] and the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The Simon School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).[11] Teacher education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)[12] and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Relevant programs within the College of Arts and Sciences are accredited by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals,[13] the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly known as FIDER),[14] the National Association of Schools of Art and Design,[15] and the National Association of Schools of Music.[16]

Maryville University Library[17][edit]

The Maryville University Library building was opened in 1988 and renovated in 2007. Its 54,000 square foot area, on two floors, contain over a quarter of a million volumes plus collections of reference works, periodicals, and databases. As a member of the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System (MOBIUS), the library offers students inter-library loans from any other member institution. Other resources include a small collection of government documents, phonographic records, videos, microfiche, and access to LexisNexis.

Athletics[18][edit]

Maryville Athletics Logo

Maryville athletic teams are known as the Saints. The university competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Maryville was accepted into the GLVC for the 2009-10 school year, when the school began the transition to NCAA Division II athletics. Maryville became an active member of Division II in July 2011.[19] The Saints had formerly competed in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a Division III conference since 1989 and had competed in Division III sports since 1978.

In 2011, the school added wrestling to its athletic program. Maryville's first head coach was Mike Denney, who previously led the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) to Division II dominance with seven NCAA Division II titles before the program was eliminated during UNO's transition to Division I. Since Denney and the majority of the wrestlers, who had transferred from the UNO program, were essentially a continuation of the defunct UNO program, Maryville was allowed to compete for the NCAA championship in its first season rather than making a transition over a period of 2–5 years. In its first season of wrestling, Maryville finished 21st out of 42 teams and had three wrestlers qualify for the Division II Individual Championships.

In 2012, the school announced the addition of a women's swimming team to the athletic program in the Fall of 2013.

Teams[edit]

Maryville University sponsors teams in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[20]

  • * = The wrestling team competes as an independent.

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