A Summer Theology and Leadership Retreat for High School Youth

Due to complications of the coronavirus, we have postponed our program to 2021.  

June 13-19, 2021

Through much prayerful consideration, we have decided to postpone our Expanding Horizons Summer Institute.  Our top priority is the wellbeing of our participants, mentors, staff, and faculty.  In the midst of the unknowns of the coronavirus, we do not feel we know enough of what the summer will bring to be able to make firm plans for the outstanding experience we hope to have.  We are saddened not to be able to gather, learn, and evolve with you this summer, but we hope that you will make plans to join us June 13-19, 2021.  

EXPANDING HORIZONS  at Maryville College is a week-long high school institute for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade high school students who display a promise for leadership and an eagerness to explore theology in a college setting. For more information about the program, please continue reading below! If you have questions, please consider downloading our information packet!  


Over the course of the week, students strengthen their leadership skills through activities such as low ropes courses and Mountain Challenge's Alpine Tower, while also partaking in small group discussions about faith, leadership, and vocation with current Maryville College students, who serve as mentors. Students also study religion and theology with college faculty each morning, allowing them a unique opportunity to engage with their faith in a different context; no questions are off-limits in the classroom! In the evenings, MC Campus Minister Rev. Dr. Anne McKee assists students in leading an ecumenical worship service for the group to feed the spirit and reflect on their journeys that week. In every moment, students are living in community on Maryville College's campus or playing in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains!

The theme for EXPANDING HORIZONS 2021 is Evolve: Practicing Faith in a World of Science. Join us as we explore the classroom with Dr. Myer and the great outdoors with Dr. Crain and learn more about our creation, how it evolved, and discuss how our faith and morals drive us to care for our world and the people in it.


Applications for our 2021 program are not yet open.  Please come back soon to apply!   


The cost of EXPANDING HORIZONS is $550, which covers on-campus housing, all meals, tuition, and supplies for the entire week. A $100 deposit is required after a student is accepted to the program and finishes their registration. The remaining balance is due no later than May 21st. Maryville College sponsors a limited number of competitive scholarships available to students who apply - to learn more please download our information packet.