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 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.”