New calendar, academic policy announced

New calendar, academic policy announced

Sept. 19, 2017

Maryville College has announced the adoption of a new academic calendar and the implementation of an academic policy reducing the number of credit hours required for graduation.

Dr. Barbara Wells, vice president and dean of the College, notified the campus of the changes Monday morning in a memorandum that was emailed to students, faculty and staff.

“The calendar changes are the result of more than a year of careful analysis that included input from faculty, staff, students and administration,” she stated in the memo. “They worked to update a decades-old calendar in ways that support the needs and preferences of today’s students.”

The calendar revision begins with the 2018-2019 academic year, which begins next August. Features of the new calendar include replacing the current January Term with an optional May Term, adding a day to long weekend in the fall and a study day prior to final exams each semester, and moving Baccalaureate and Commencement to a Saturday in early May.

Credit hours required for graduation have been reduced from 128 to 120, but implementation of the new policy is being completed in phases. Members of the Class of 2018 will be required to complete 126 hours for graduation. For the classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021, the credit hour requirements are 124, 122 and 120, respectively.

Wells said the new 120-hour requirement was “consistent with the graduation requirements of comparable institutions,” adding that its implementation at Maryville College was made easier because of a new, smaller core curriculum, implemented in 2015, that offers more flexibility than the previous curriculum.

“With the new Core in place, most students can comfortably complete their Core and Major requirements in 120 hours or less––with most majors still leaving room for students also to pursue a minor(s) and/or electives,” she wrote in the memo. “Students will continue to be eligible to enroll in 18 credit hours per semester.”

Wells encouraged students to see their advisors if they had questions or concerns.

“Our goal in this transition period is that students do not experience delays in their academic progress toward graduation,” the dean wrote in the memorandum. “We want every student to graduate on time as anticipated in his or her current academic plan. I want to assure you that we will be attentive to the needs of students as we proceed.”


Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”