Admissions resumes in-person tours July 6

Admissions resumes in-person tours July 6 

July 2, 2020

After three months of introducing prospective students and their families to the College virtually, Maryville College’s Admissions Office will resume in-person visits to campus starting July 6.

Student-led tours will begin at 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in the Admissions suite inside Fayerweather Hall. Twilight tours will be held every Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m., and will continue until Oct. 1.

The COVID-19 outbreak closed the campus to the public on March 19, pushing all interactions between enrollment counselors and prospective students and their families to phone and/or online environments. On June 15, the Admissions and Financial Aid employees started operating limited in-person office hours for students who made appointments.

“We’re excited to be able to welcome prospective students for in-person campus visits,” said Alayne Bowman, vice president for admissions and financial aid. “We have taken additional health and safety measures to prevent the introduction and spread of the coronavirus on visits, and we’re confident that these new measures will not hinder students’ and family members’ abilities to see and experience Maryville College.”

Adhering to the College’s policy for its faculty, staff and students, all visitors will be required to wear masks or face coverings, and tour groups will be limited to six people. Prospective students can bring no more than two other people to campus with them. Guidelines for social distancing will be followed.

Visit highlights distinctives

“While people can see plenty of videos and photos of our school in the online virtual tour, it is impossible to convey, digitally, the beauty and welcoming environment of the Maryville College campus,” Bowman said. “We know that few opportunities can help a student better answer the ‘fit’ question than a campus visit.”

Visits include a tour of the College’s 263-acre residential campus (including a stop at a residence hall room) and an in-person but socially distanced meeting with an enrollment counselor who can answer questions about applying, financial aid and scholarships.

Information about the College’s 60+ programs of study, general education program, comprehensive career-preparation program, and leadership opportunities is highlighted.

“We say at Maryville College that students study everything so that they’re prepared for anything, and we believe that this kind of preparation is more relevant than ever in a world full of uncertainty,” Bowman said. “As we host prospective students and their families, we want them to see how Maryville College uniquely prepares students to take their education and experiences and become citizens and leaders who, in the words of our founder, ‘do good on the largest possible scale.’”

Signing up for a campus visit can be done online by visiting, by emailing or by calling 865-981-8092.

Applications still accepted for fall

Maryville College is still accepting applications for all students, including transfer students, for the fall 2020 semester, Bowman said.

“We are still awarding generous scholarships and financial aid awards to deserving first-year students and transfer students,” she said. “We do not charge a fee to apply, so I encourage everyone who would like to continue their education in the fall but have not yet made plans – and those who are unsure of their plans – to take a few minutes and submit an application. Our review and decision process only takes about one week.”

The enrollment application can be accessed online by visiting

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.”