MC invites prospective students to 'Meet Maryville'

Jan. 5, 2012
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications

High school students, adult learners and community college students are all invited to “Meet Maryville” on Sat., Feb. 4.

Hosted by Maryville College’s Admissions staff, the “Meet Maryville” Open House event is designed to help people become more familiar with the nationally recognized liberal arts college.

“We have designed ‘Meet Maryville’ so students and their parents can experience all aspects of Maryville College in just a few hours,” explained Dr. Dolph Henry, vice president for enrollment. “With that broad perspective under their belts, prospective students are then urged to return to campus for a more ‘tailored’ visit.

“On that return visit, we arrange for them to attend a class, interact with our faculty and have lunch with our students.”

The “Meet Maryville” event begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall of the Clayton Center for the Arts. A welcome session for both students and parents begins at 10 a.m.

At 10:15 a.m., students will attend the main information sessions collectively entitled “Learning 24/7,” which include information on academic programs from each academic division. During these events, visitors will hear directly from MC faculty and staff members. Afterward, students will learn about the College’s core curriculum and why MC graduates are successful because of it. Students will then enjoy the College’s all-you-can-eat buffet in the Margaret Ware Dining Room of Pearsons Hall.

After lunch, students will experience Maryville College first-hand through a unique activity with the College’s Mountain Challenge program, a premier outdoor leadership development program, then participate in the popular “Student-to-Student” session, where prospective students get the opportunity to ask questions of current students at the College.

Finally, Maryville College Ambassadors will lead “Meet Maryville” guests on a tour of the campus.

A special performance in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall at 3:45 p.m. concludes “Meet Maryville,” but all guests will be given free admission to the 4 p.m. men’s basketball game at Cooper Athletic Center, where the Scots will take on conference rival Huntingdon College.

Families encouraged to attend

Parents and family members of prospective students are encouraged to attend, but their morning agenda is slightly different from that of their students. For example, parents and family members will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Henry, as well as other Maryville College administrators: Dr. Tom Bogart, president; Dr. Barbara Wells, interim vice president and dean of the College; and Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students.

In the parent welcome session, a panel of current students and current parents will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions. At lunch, parents will learn about financial aid and affordability from Alayne Bowman, the College’s assistant director of financial aid.

“Given the economic climate that students and families are facing right now, I believe it is even more imperative that families attend events like ‘Meet Maryville,’” Henry said. “Maryville College is committed to providing a quality, affordable education and has the resources necessary to assist families in their pursuit of higher education. We want our students to stretch their minds and not their budgets.”

Saturday visit days announced

The Feb. 4 “Meet Maryville” is the last of this academic year, but additional opportunities to visit campus are planned for the spring. Saturday tours will be offered at 10 a.m. on Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, March 3, March 31, April 21 and May 5.

“Just for Juniors,” an open house for high school juniors, will be held Fri., March 30 at 3:30 p.m.

For more information on “Meet Maryville” or Saturday tours, please call 865.981.8092 or visit the Admissions webpage.

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 1,198.