Maryville College named a 'College of Distinction'

Maryville College named a 'College of Distinction'

Aug. 16, 2012
Contact: Mary Leidig, Director of Marketing

Maryville College has been named a “College of Distinction” and is now featured on, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education.

“Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country,” said Tyson Schritter, Executive Editor of Colleges of Distinction™.

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction™ through high school counselors’ recommendations as well as quantitative research.

Once nominated, the colleges are assessed using the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. Schools featured on must meet minimum standards in each category.

Colleges of Distinction™, headquartered in Austin, Texas, also provides young people, their families and counselors a chance to delve into profiles of vetted colleges and universities that are dedicated to helping students grow and learn how to succeed for the rest of their lives.

Maryville College was found to excel in all Four Distinctions and will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction™ website. offers dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools for students, parents and counselors. The website includes tips from high school guidance counselors, essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities.

“While each school is one of a kind, they all share a common theme: they are all a great place to get an education,” Schritter said.

Other Tennessee schools recognized as a “College of Distinction” include Belmont University, Rhodes College and Sewanee: The University of the South.

To view Maryville College’s profile or to find more information about the online guide, visit

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.