MC listed among U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 ‘Best Colleges’

MC listed among U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 ‘Best Colleges’

Sept. 14, 2020

Maryville College has been listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “2021 Best Colleges” guidebook, ranking third overall in the “Best Regional Colleges – South” category.

The regional college rankings include colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. The rankings are split into four regions: North, South, Midwest and West. High Point University in North Carolina and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas topped the list of southern colleges, which included 121 colleges total.

Maryville College also was ranked in several sub-categories of Southern colleges, including No. 1 in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” in the South. The list includes the top-ranked schools in the 2021 Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.

Maryville College ranked second overall in the category of “Best Undergraduate Teaching” in the South. Based on a survey conducted in spring and summer 2020, the schools on the list received the most votes from top college administrators for putting a particular focus on undergraduate teaching.

In the list of “Best Value Schools” in the South, Maryville College ranked seventh overall. The calculation used for this ranking “takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2019-2020 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid,” according to the description on the website. “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”

Maryville College also ranked No. 20 on the list of “Top Performers on Social Mobility” in the South. Colleges on the list include those that are most successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants (the vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000).

“At Maryville College, our greatest measures of success are the powerful learning experiences in which our students are engaged, and our countless alumni are making a difference in the world,” said Maryville College President Dr. Bryan Coker. “We are grateful that U.S. News acknowledges our accomplishments on various key measures, and we are quite proud of this recognition. I encourage everyone to keep an eye on Maryville College as we continue to add to our achievements.”

The 36th edition of “Best Colleges” evaluates more than 1,400 colleges and universities on 17 indicators of academic quality. The most complete version of the new rankings, data, tables and lists is available on the magazine’s website.


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.”