MC enjoys 2017-18 recognitions and rankings

MC enjoys 2017-18 recognitions and rankings


Sept. 21, 2017

With the 2017-18 academic year underway, Maryville College is enjoying recognitions and rankings from various national publications and organizations, including Washington Monthly, Forbes, Colleges of Distinction, The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

Washington Monthly ranks MC among top liberal arts colleges

In its September/October 2017 issue, Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine that covers United States politics and government, ranked Maryville College No. 117 in its list of top national liberal arts colleges and universities and No. 55 in its “Best Bang for the Buck – South” rankings.

“Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has released an annual College Guide and rankings, where we rate schools based on what they are doing for the country,” reads the online introduction to the rankings.

Specifically, Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

The publication’s “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings include “an exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices,” according to the website. 

MC included in Forbes listing of Top Colleges, Grateful Grads

Maryville College has been named one of the “Top Colleges,” as well as a “Grateful Grads - Best Loved College” by Forbes.

The 198-year-old liberal arts college is listed among 650 colleges and universities – and one of 14 Tennessee higher education institutions – in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges 2017” report.

“Now in its 10th year, the Forbes Top Colleges ranking has always placed its focus solely on the direct benefits a college or university provides its students,” according to the Forbes website. “Favoring output over input, we eschew common metrics like acceptance rate, endowment and freshmen SAT scores – numbers that say far more about a school’s ‘prestige’ than its actual effectiveness – and instead favor variables like alumni salary, graduation rate and student satisfaction.”

Maryville College also is one of 200 colleges recognized as a “Best-Loved College,” according to the publication’s 2017 Grateful Grads Index.

“The most common way to measure a college's return-on-investment (ROI) is to look at the percent of students securing employment after graduation, and then review their average salaries,” writes Matt Schifrin of Forbes. “But a return on a college education is more than just a four-year vocational exercise. Great colleges produce happy and successful alumni – who give back in droves. In fact, I consider this to be the core competency of excellent colleges. Financial support from a school's ‘end product’ is what helps to sustain great institutions in perpetuity and allow it to flourish academically.”

MC named a 2017-18 ‘College of Distinction’

Maryville College has been named a “College of Distinction” for the 2017-18 school year.

The College is featured on, a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education.

According to the Colleges of Distinction website, Maryville College has “an extensive history of making a meaningful and lasting impact on its students’ lives.” Experiential learning begins “right when students step foot on campus,” and students earn college credit and valuable life experience while participating in study abroad programs, as well as through the Mountain Challenge program, Senior Study requirement and learning communities.

Maryville College is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in four key areas: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes.

“To be designated a ‘College of Distinction,’ a school’s curriculum must emphasize such core competencies as critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research and global perspectives,” the Colleges of Distinction website states. “They must also offer dynamic out-of-classroom learning and study abroad programs. Our process is objective, in-depth and qualitative; however, we also take into account such quantitative data as class-size statistics, faculty-to-student ratio, plus retention and four-year graduation rates.”

 Maryville College is one of 12 Tennessee higher education institutions that received the College of Distinction designation for 2017-18. To view Maryville College’s profile or to find more information about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit

MC named a “Best in the Southeast” College by The Princeton Review

Maryville College is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company lists the college among its "Best in the Southeast" recommended schools in its "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature, which highlights 658 colleges in five zones – Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International (outside of the United States) – that the company considers “academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search.”

Maryville College is one of only 140 colleges in 12 southeastern states selected for the “Best in the Southeast” designation.

The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.

Only schools that allow The Princeton Review to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for the regional 'best' lists, and only schools at which the company sees a strong level of satisfaction among enrolled students make it to the final slate of regional 'best' college selections.

The Princeton Review survey asks students to rate their colleges on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site

MC listed among U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Colleges’

Maryville College has been listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2018” guidebook, in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category.

The most complete version of the new rankings, data, tables and lists – including extensive statistical profiles for each school and a search tool to enable prospective students and parents to find the college that best fits their needs – is available on the magazine’s website, The guidebook will hit newsstands in early October.

U.S. News & World Report defines “liberal arts colleges” as those institutions with an emphasis on undergraduate education and a practice of awarding at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.

Williams College and Amherst College, both in Massachusetts, topped the list.

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.