College on track for record freshman class

College on track for record freshman class

Feb. 17, 2011
Contact: Karen Eldridge, Director of Communications

Maryville College is poised to welcome the largest freshman class in its history next fall, according to administrators at the 192-year-old liberal arts college.

Dr. Dolph Henry, vice president for enrollment, recently announced to the campus community that more than 1,700 students had applied for inclusion in the Class of 2015.

“With 1,729 freshman applications to date for fall 2011, the College has surpassed the total end-of-year freshman applicant pool of any year in its history. Our goal is 2,200, which I feel confident we will reach,” Henry said, adding that he and his staff remain focused on building the applicant pool and completing the files of applicants so that an admissions decision can be made as quickly as possible.

Maryville College President Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart said the goal for the incoming class is 350 students.

“Not every student who applies and is accepted will decide to come to Maryville College,” he explained. “Therefore, it’s important that we start with a large enough group of students to end with our desired class of 350 new students – or future alumni, as we think of them.”

In previous years, the College received about 1,500 applications for admissions. The freshman class size for the last five years has averaged 298.

Henry attributed the applicant pool increase to three main initiatives: more travel and recruitment outside of Tennessee; promotion of the individual successes of the College’s students and graduates; and a well-developed communication plan with prospective students that answers numerous questions about Maryville College, including its affordability.

Bogart said that he and others on campus are encouraged by the large number of well-prepared high school and transfer students who have shown an interest in Maryville College and thanked those responsible for recruiting them.

“This outcome is the result of hard work by the entire campus to communicate the incredible opportunity provided by Maryville College,” he said.

Prospective students and their families who have not yet applied are encouraged to do so before March 1. Transfer students should apply before June 1.

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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 offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.