MC enjoys 2018-19 recognitions and rankings

MC enjoys 2018-19 recognitions and rankings

Oct. 1, 2018

With the 2018-19 academic year underway, Maryville College is enjoying recognitions and rankings from various national publications and organizations, including Washington Monthly, Forbes, the Sierra Club, Colleges of Distinction, The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

Washington Monthly ranks MC for value

In its September/October 2018 issue, Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine that covers United States politics and government, included Maryville College among its ranking of the best 228 national liberal arts colleges and universities across the United States.

“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).

Recognizing the value that Maryville College students get for their tuition dollars, Washington Monthly also named the College to its “Best Bang for the Buck – South” category.

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

Maryville College again has been named a “Top College” by Forbes.

The 199-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 2018” report.

“Forbes’ list of 650 top colleges aims to measure what we believe students care about most. Where will a college steer them in their life after graduation? How likely are they to find success in their chosen field, to earn enough money to pay their student debt, to win accolades like Pulitzer Prizes and Fulbright scholarships, to become leaders in private and public life? How effectively does their school support them so they can graduate within four or six years and join the workforce?” reads the description on the Forbes website. “The Forbes list is notable also for the things it doesn't measure, like SAT scores and acceptance rates, statistics we call ‘inputs.’ We think students are more interested in ‘outputs.’”

Sierra Club names MC a ‘Cool School’

For the second time since 2016, Maryville College has been named a “Cool School” by Sierra magazine.

First compiled and promoted in 2006, “Cool Schools” rankings are intended to, according to Sierra’s website, “serve as a guide for prospective students, current students, administrators and alumni to compare colleges’ commitments to environmentalism.

“It also serves to spur healthy competition among schools, raise environmental standards on campus and publicly reward the institutions that work hard to protect the planet,” an explanation reads on the website.

Of the list of 269, only four other Tennessee institutions made the “Cool Schools” list:  Belmont University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Tennessee Technological University, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

“Cool Schools” rankings are based on data that institutions submit to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Sierra magazine then processes the raw data through a custom-built formula that ranks the schools according to the magazine’s own weighting criteria across 18 categories ranging from “curriculum” to “water.”

MC named a 2018-19 ‘College of Distinction’

Maryville College has been named a “College of Distinction” for the 2018-19 school year.

The College is featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, a website and corresponding e-guidebook dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. It is one of only 11 Tennessee higher education institutions that received the latest designation.

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.”

 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.”

College 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.

MC named a ‘Best in the Southeast’ 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 "2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature, which highlights 661 colleges and universities 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 143 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 2019” 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 be available for sale on newsstands Oct. 16.

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.

Written by Karen Beaty Eldridge '94, Executive Director for Marketing & Communications


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.”