Washington Monthly recognizes MC for value, contribution to public good

Washington Monthly recognizes MC for value, contribution to public good

Sept. 10, 2019

In its annual College Guide and Rankings, Washington Monthly ranked Maryville College No. 16 in its list of “Top 200 Bachelor’s Colleges” and No. 30 in its “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges – South” rankings.

The College Guide is included in the September/October 2019 issue of Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine that covers United States politics and government.

“Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has ranked colleges based on what they do for the country,” reads the online introduction to the list of bachelor’s colleges. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, N.Y., topped the list. “We rank baccalaureate colleges—four-year institutions that award almost exclusively bachelor’s degrees—based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and promoting public service.”

In the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges – South” rankings, Maryville College moved up from No. 107 last year. Berea College in Kentucky topped the list of 203 colleges and universities.

The publication’s “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings include an “exclusive list of schools ranked according to how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices,” according to the website. The list is created by isolating the social mobility metrics from the main rankings of four-year institutions.


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.”