MC recognized among Niche’s ‘Best Liberal Arts Colleges’

MC recognized among Niche’s ‘Best Liberal Arts Colleges’

Sept. 10, 2019

In its 2020 “Best Colleges in America” ranking, Niche has recognized Maryville College as No. 3 in “Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Tennessee.”

Niche combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best schools, companies and neighborhoods. The Best Liberal Arts Colleges ranking is based on analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education, along with reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compares more than 200 top liberal arts colleges in the U.S.

Student and alumni reviews praised Maryville College’s faculty and small class size.

“A small college that feels like home! The professors and staff actually know students by name and care about their home life,” one reviewer wrote.

Another reviewer said the College “prepared me for the work force even though I chose a major that was not the best for ‘preparing for the workforce.’ Great professors and staff who really cared about my success in life. Great culture on campus!”

“Maryville College is an intimate and small college,” a student wrote. “The small class sizes allow for a student-faculty relationship that transcends the classroom. The faculty are supportive and provide excellent guidance. There are also a lot of ways to get involved in community and campus activities.”

An alumnus said Maryville College “taught me to be a free-thinker.”

“Upon entering college, I was a very narrow-minded individual focused on my area of study,” the alumnus wrote. “Following my graduation, I reflect on a life-changing 4-year experience.”

Other Tennessee colleges on the list include Sewanee: The University of the South, Rhodes College and Fisk University. See Maryville College’s profile and the full list of 2020 rankings, methodologies and data sources at niche.com.

Niche also recognized several of Maryville College’s programs, listing Maryville College as one of the best colleges in America to study the following subjects: kinesiology and physical therapy, history, accounting and finance, biology, and psychology. 


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 2019 semester is 1,148.