Aug. 14, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
The Princeton Review has named Maryville College a “Best Southeastern College,” based on results from its “2014 Best Colleges” survey.
The 194-year-old liberal arts college is one of the 138 institutions recommended by the education services company in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature, "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region," which was posted last week on PrincetonReview.com.
“We are happy to be listed again as one of the top schools in the region and to have earned this distinction based on the opinions of a variety of people, including other college administrators, Princeton Review staff members, high school guidance counselors, parents and our own students,” said Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart. “While I believe physically visiting a college or university is the best way for prospective students to answer the question of ‘fit,’ guidebooks like the Princeton Review can serve as a great resource at the beginning.”
The company identified 643 colleges “that we consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search,” according to The Princeton Review’s website.
The colleges selected had to meet two criteria: first, colleges had to meet The Princeton Review’s standards for academic excellence within their region, and second, the organization had to have the ability to survey the college’s students through an online survey.
The survey focuses on the best colleges in four regions: Northeastern, Western, Midwestern and Southeastern. For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food—and answer questions about themselves, fellow students and campus life.
The 138 colleges chosen for The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” designations are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Princeton Review also designated 226 colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West and 155 in the Midwest as best in their locales on the company’s “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 643 colleges named “regional best” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.