Maryville College recognized as a 2018-19 College of Distinction

Maryville College recognized as a 2018-19 College of Distinction

July 3, 2018

Maryville College has been recognized for its innovative application of high-impact educational practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction for the 2018-19 academic 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. Colleges of Distinction praised Maryville College for “proving itself to be at the forefront of American higher education with a modern, student-centered approach to teaching. With a unique learning environment, its programming engages students with character-building first-year seminars and experiences, common intellectual experiences, service-learning programs, community engagement programs, undergraduate research, study abroad programs, internships and career preparation.”

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

Additionally, Maryville College’s experiential learning requirement begins “right when students step foot on campus,” which “allows students to learn how to adapt to a new environment, to act without a customary support system and to develop trust in their own resources of intelligence and discipline.” The College also is a community for learning that “includes persons with a variety of interests, backgrounds, beliefs and nationalities.”

“Faculty emphasize effective teaching and strive to build supportive relationships with their students, challenging them to grow in academic competence, personal and social maturity, and spiritual discernment and commitment,” the Colleges of Distinction website states. “In such an atmosphere of openness and caring, lasting friendships are formed. As they share a genuine concern for the world and work to fulfill the College’s mission and purpose, directors, administration, staff, faculty and students alike strive to build and strengthen the entire community.”

Maryville College is one of a select group of colleges to earn this prestigious designation, based on its excellence in Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community and Successful Outcomes. Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more.

“Maryville College believes that students are multidimensional people, and it is vital to challenge them to develop in many dimensions,” said Dr. Tom Bogart, Maryville College president. “Simple reductive measures, like an arbitrary ranking in a survey, don’t capture the multiple ways our students grow and succeed. The Colleges of Distinction recognition is meaningful because it is based on a deeper analysis, and we are pleased to be recognized as one of the nation’s 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction.”

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, visit

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Maryville College as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with Maryville College’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of high-impact educational practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.

“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” Schritter continued. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, Maryville College stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow and succeed.”

MC’s business, education programs recognized

Colleges of Distinction also recognized Maryville College’s business and education programs. The field of study recognitions (and corresponding badges) highlight Maryville College's excellence in merging Colleges of Distinction’s Four Distinctions and high-impact practices with the fields that are in particularly high demand from the job market and current student demographic.

Programs that earn Colleges of Distinction’s business program badge are regionally accredited and show strength and stability in their academics.

“Maryville College has gone beyond to integrate multiple disciplines into their business programming so as to produce well-rounded leaders,” according to Colleges of Distinction. “Maryville's five distinct business majors altogether offer hands-on experiential learning, all while emphasizing both collaborative learning and conscious capitalist ethics.”

The education badge highlights Maryville College's broad and effective range of majors and certifications available to its future educators.

“Not only can students specialize in an endless array of options, but they are ensured field work that is relevant to their professional development,” the Colleges of Distinction website states. “Maryville College's education program integrates the high-impact practices and multidisciplinary exposure that Colleges of Distinction values, all while integrating its Maryville College Works career preparation program into students' four-year plan.”

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.