MC accepting applications for 2021, offering test-optional admission

MC accepting applications for 2021, offering test-optional admission

Aug. 6, 2020

Maryville College is now accepting applications for the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters. In response to standardized testing cancellations caused by COVID-19, Maryville College will offer test-optional admission for those who apply for 2021, allowing students meeting certain GPA criteria to opt out of submitting standardized test scores.

Students with 3.0 GPAs or higher will qualify for full admission and may decide if they wish to submit their standardized test scores (ACT, SAT or CLT) to be considered for higher merit scholarships. Those with lower GPAs may need to submit test scores or additional documentation for consideration.

“We understand that students and families are concerned about the admissions process and the limited availability of taking standardized tests in this current climate,” said Alayne Bowman, vice president for admissions and financial aid at Maryville College. “The College has decided that it would be more beneficial to eliminate barriers and focus on a student’s academic performance and what contribution they can make to the campus and in our community as a whole.”

Maryville College’s application process is simple, and there is no application fee. Maryville College also offers a wide array of scholarships and financial aid options. The enrollment application can be accessed online by visiting

Those who apply by Nov. 1 can select MC’s “Early Action” option to have their application reviewed as soon as possible. Early Action applicants are considered for the full range of competitive scholarships. 

Visit Maryville College  

After three months of introducing prospective students and their families to the College virtuallyMaryville College’s Admissions Office resumed in-person visits to campus last month.

Student-led tours begin at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Admissions suite inside Fayerweather Hall. Twilight tours are held every Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m., and will continue until Oct. 1. Saturday visits will begin Sept. 12.

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.

“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 studygeneral education programcomprehensive career-preparation program, and leadership opportunities is highlighted.

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

Upcoming Admissions Events

The Maryville College Admissions Office has several events planned during the 2020-21 academic year to help prospective students and their families get to know MC.

  • Blount County College Fair: Representatives from more than 50 colleges, universities, technical schools and art schools are expected at the annual Blount County College Fair, which will be virtual and is scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 17 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Area high school students, their parents and other persons involved in a college search are invited to attend the virtual fair.
  • Meet Maryville: High school students, adult learners and college transfer students are all invited to a virtual offering of “Meet Maryville” on Sat., Sept. 19, 2020; Sat. Nov. 14, 2020; and Sat., March 27, 2021. The preview day event includes information sessions on student life, financial aid and admissions; virtual campus tours; and a showcase featuring representatives from academic departments and campus organizations.

For more information about upcoming admissions events, please visit or call 865-981-8092.

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.”