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Maryville College

Established 1819
Type Private
Gerald Gibson
Faculty ratio of 1 for every 14 students
Undergraduates 1,155
Postgraduates none
Location Maryville, Tennessee, USA
Campus Suburban
Mascot Scots
Colors Orange and Garnet

Maryville College is a private four-year liberal arts college in Maryville, Tennessee, 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 fifty oldest colleges in the United States and the twelfth oldest institution in the South. It is associated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). It enrolls about 1,155 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. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... 1819 common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... Degree ceremony at Cambridge. ... Maryville is a city located in Blount County, Tennessee, 20 miles south of Knoxville. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... Scots may refer to: people from Scotland (i. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... Maryville is a city located in Blount County, Tennessee, 20 miles south of Knoxville. ... Nickname: Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee. ... 1819 common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Maryville College is a private four-year liberal arts college in Maryville, Tennessee, near Knoxville. ... The U.S. Southern states or the South, also known colloquially as Dixie, constitute a distinctive region covering a large portion of the United States, with its own unique heritage, historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Scots may refer to: people from Scotland (i. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division III (or DIII) is a division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association of the United States. ... The Great South Athletic Conference (or GSAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division III. Member institutions are located in the southeastern United States in the States of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. ... The USA South Athletic Conference (formerly the Dixie Conference and the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAAs Division III. Member schools are located in North Carolina and Virginia. ...



As a liberal arts school, the college promotes a well rounded education. This is evidenced by the large quantity of general education courses that the school requires. These courses continue through the conclusion of the student's education, attempting to provide a graduating student knowledgable in a number of fields.

Maryville College offers the following degrees:

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Art
Art History Biochemistry
Biology Business and Organization Management
Chemical Physics Chemistry
Child Development and Learning Computer Science/Business
Computer Science/Mathematics Economics
Engineering English
Environmental Studies Health Care (Nursing)
History International Business
International Studies Mathematics
Music Outdoor Recreation
Philosophy Political Science
Psychology Religion
Sign Language Interpreting Sociology
Spanish Teaching English as a Second Language
Theatre Studies Writing/Communication

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 require graduating students to complete both a comprehensive exam in their major of choice as well as conduct an extensive senior thesis.

Maryville College operates on the untraditional 4-1-4 schedule. During the month of January, students take a "J-Term" course which lasts for the duration of 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 become 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 of 1819.[1]. Maryville College is a private four-year liberal arts college in Maryville, Tennessee, near Knoxville. ... There are nine counties named Knox County in the United States, all apparently named after Henry Knox: Knox County, Illinois Knox County, Indiana Knox County, Kentucky Knox County, Maine Knox County, Missouri Knox County, Nebraska Knox County, Ohio Knox County, Tennessee (including Knoxville) Knox County, Texas This is a disambiguation... Princeton University is a private coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ...


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" .[2] Maryville College was 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.[3] Manumission is the act of freeing a slave, done at the will of the owner. ...

Maryville College was closed during the Civil War, but, upon reopening, it again admitted students regardless of race, assisted by the Freedman's Bureau [4] Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, popularly known as the Freedmens Bureau or (mistakenly) the Freedmans Bureau, was an agency of the government of the United States that was formed to aid distressed refugees of the United States Civil War, including former slaves and poor white...

When the State of Tennessee forced Maryville College to segregate in 1901, the college gave one-quarter of its endowment to Knoxville College, an historically black college also affiliated the Presbyterian Church. After the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the College immediately reenrolled African Americans. Knoxville College is a historically black college in Knoxville, Tennessee, founded in 1875 by the United Presbyterian Church of North America. ... Holding Segregation of students in public schools violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, because separate facilities are inherently unequal. ...

Campus Life

The vast majority of Maryville College students reside in one of the many on campus residence halls, promoting a tight-knit community among the students. Students may reside in any one of the following residence halls.

Gamble Hall- Features all male, typically freshman housing. Rooms are available as both doubles and singles. Also features communal bathrooms.

Davis Hall- Features all female, typically freshman housing. Rooms are available as both doubles and singles. Also features communal bathrooms.

Copeland Hall- Features co-ed, typically freshman housing. Rooms are available as both doubles and singles. Also features communal bathrooms.

Pearsons Hall- Upper class housing that consists of both double and single rooms. Some rooms have individual bathrooms and/or kitchens but communal bathrooms and kitchens are also available. One of the wet residence halls on campus.

Lloyd Hall- Primarily upper class, Lloyd Hall offers suite style living. These rooms are comprised of a living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Some rooms also contain kitchens. Lloyd Hall is a "wellness hall," which means that students must refrain from drinking, smoking and drug use within the building.

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. This is also a wet residence hall.

Beeson Village- A complex of primarily junior and senior residence. 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.

Campus Life also involves spending hours in the academic buildings.

Campus Improvement Plan

Recently, Maryville College announced a campus wide improvement plan. One component of this plan will be the construction of a new residence hall, a mirror of the current Lloyd Hall. Also, Maryville College will be building a Civic Arts Center on campus.

Prominent alumni

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Alma Mater

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.


Lift the chorus, wake the echoes, Make the welkin ring! Hail the queen of all the highlands, Loud her praises sing!



  • The College’s current 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.
  • In 1875 Maryville College conferred the first college degree to a woman in the state of Tennessee. It was awarded to Mary T. Wilson, who was the older sister of Samuel T. Wilson, president of the College from 1901 until 1930.

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  1. Contributions to American Educational History, by Herbert Baxter Adams, 1893. Available from Google Books
  2. College receives award from Race Relations Center, by Karen B. Eldridge, November 9, 2004. Maryville College News
  3. Maryville College; An Early Leader in the Struggle for Biracial Education in Tennessee, 1819-1901, by James B. Jones, Jr., available from Southern History
  4. When Lawyers Go Wrong, Historians Set the Record Straight, by Ralph Luker, History News Network

External link

  • Maryville College website

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