MC reaching out to Hiwassee College students

MC reaching out to Hiwassee College students

April 1, 2019

Maryville College administrators announced Monday that they are working with their counterparts at Hiwassee College to admit students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree at the college just a short drive up Highway 411.

Hiwassee, a private liberal arts college located in Madisonville, Tenn., and affiliated with the United Methodist Church, announced Thursday that it was closing May 10 for financial reasons.

“We are saddened by the news that Hiwassee is closing,” said Dr. Tom Bogart, president of the College. “It is a school that has educated thousands of students and been an asset to its community for 170 years. We express our sympathy for this loss in higher education and want Hiwassee students to know that our doors are open to them.”

At 2 p.m. on Thurs., April 4, Maryville College will have five representatives available in Hiwassee’s Rymer Cafeteria to talk with students and answer questions. In attendance will be Jim Humphrey, assistant admissions director for transfer and veteran recruiting; Ashley West, admissions counselor for transfers; Erin Johnson, director of financial aid; Lisa Vitale, assistant registrar; and Kandis Schram, athletics director.

“We always welcome transfer students who are committed to their education and want to be challenged, so we encourage Hiwassee students apply for admission and financial aid here,” said Dr. Dan Klingensmith, interim vice president and dean. “In the last several years, we have worked to make the transfer process seamless, and we offer generous scholarships to qualified students.”

Klingensmith said Maryville College offers much of what Hiwassee students and their families are familiar with and value: a high quality, liberal arts education that emphasizes whole-person development and career preparation; a residential campus community that is close-knit and supportive; and extracurricular activities that facilitate students’ leadership development.

“And geographically, we are very close,” the interim dean added. “For students who are commuting and would like to continue to do so, Maryville College is only a 40-minute drive from Madisonville.”

Students who are interested in applying to Maryville College but unable to attend the April 4 event are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at 865.981.8092 or

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.