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 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.”