'Fly Maryville' gives $300 enrollment credit after campus visit

'Fly Maryville' gives $300 enrollment credit after campus visit

Jan. 15, 2015

When exercise science major Eleni Mavres '17 started her college search she decided to look beyond the borders of her home state of Florida.

With her curiosity piqued about Maryville College in East Tennessee, she took advantage of the Fly Maryville program, which gives students a $300 credit upon enrolling if they take a flight to make an official campus visit.

In February of 2013, she hopped on a $100 direct flight from the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) to Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), less than 10 minutes from the Maryville College campus.

During her visit she saw snow for the first time in her life and, after her tour, felt sure she wanted to enroll in the College.

"It was quick and easy. Visiting helped me make my decision. Everything was great, and I fell in love with the campus. It was so beautiful in February because of the snow, and it was the first time I'd ever seen snow, being from Florida.

According to Doug Carter '09, an admissions counselor at Maryville College, students from around the country may well find the Fly Maryville program makes a visit to the College possible in terms of both money and time.

"Make sure you print off your boarding pass or receipt and give it to one of the admissions representatives and we'll give you a $300 credit once you enroll," he said.

Rachel Leal '17, a management major, visited the College from Houston, Tex., in 2013. The Fly Maryville program covered the majority of her ticket and gave her an opportunity to orient herself on campus.

"When I had my campus tour there was so much help," she said, mentioning meetings with staff in the Business Office, Admissions and Academic Affairs. "That really helped a lot and made me want to come to Maryville College."

The Fly Maryville program is open to high school juniors and seniors, as well as prospective transfer students.

There are direct flights to the McGhee Tyson Airport near Maryville College from Denver, Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Charlotte and Atlanta. Direct flights from Florida originate in: St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay, Punta Gorda, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

"Coming to Maryville is pretty simple," said Jerica Johnson '13, an admissions counselor at the College. "It's really affordable as well, so that gives a lot of students a great advantage."

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 2018 semester is 1,154.