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Maryville College

This article is about Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. For Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, see Maryville University.
Maryville College
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Anderson Hall at Maryville College
Motto Stretch Your Mind
Established 1819
Type Private: Liberal Arts
Endowment US $58.1 million[1]
President Dr. Tom Bogart
Academic staff
79, with student faculty ratio of 1/12
Undergraduates 1,093
Location Maryville, Tennessee, USA
Campus Suburban 320 acres
Mascot Scots
Colors Orange and Garnet
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Maryville College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college in Maryville, Tennessee, United States, near Knoxville. It was founded in 1819 by Presbyterian minister Isaac L. Anderson for the purpose of furthering education and enlightenment into the West. The college is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the United States and the 12th-oldest institution in the South. It is associated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), and enrolls about 1,093 students. Maryville College's mascot is the Scots. The sports teams compete in NCAA Division III athletics in the Great South Athletic Conference and the USA South Athletic Conference.


As a liberal arts school, the college promotes a well-rounded education. The school requires numerous general education courses to achieve this. The courses are taken through the conclusion of the student's education, contributing to the graduating student's becoming knowledgeable in a number of fields.

Maryville College offers the following degrees:

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Art
Art History Biochemistry
Biology Business
Chemistry Child Development and Learning
Computer Science/Business Computer Science
Design Economics
Engineering English
Environmental Studies Health Care (Nursing)
History International Business
International Studies Mathematics
Music Outdoor Recreation
Philosophy Political Science
Psychology Religion
American Sign Language-English Interpreting Sociology
Spanish Teaching English as a Second Language
Theatre Studies Writing/Communication

In addition to these majors, a number of degree programs are available for teacher licensure.

Maryville College is one of the few colleges in the nation that requires graduating students to complete a comprehensive exam in their major and conduct an extensive senior thesis.

Maryville College was ranked No. 3 in U.S. News & World Report for "Best Comprehensive-Bachelor’s” category for southern colleges and universities in both 2006 and 2007.

Maryville College operates on the nontraditional 4-1-4 schedule. During January, students take a J-Term course which lasts for the month and typically incorporates experiential learning. Study abroad trips are also offered during J-term.



Maryville College was founded as the Southern and Western Theological Seminary in 1819 by Isaac L. Anderson, a Presbyterian minister. Anderson had founded a school, Union Academy, in nearby Knox County, before becoming minister at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville. He expressed to his fellow clergy the need for more ministers in the community, including a request to the Home Missionary Society and an appeal to divinity students at Princeton University in 1819. The new seminary was intended to help fill this need for ministers. It opened with a class of five men, and the new school was adopted by the Synod of Tennessee and formally named the Southern and Western Theological Seminary in October 1819.[2]


In 2004, Maryville College was recognized by the Race Relations Center of East Tennessee for its history of "contributing to improving the quality of life for all in East Tennessee".[3] Maryville College was racially integrated from its earliest days. An ex-slave named George Erskine studied there in 1819, sponsored by the Manumission Society of Tennessee. Erskine went on to preach during the 1820s and was formally ordained by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1829.[4]

Maryville College was closed during the Civil War, but, upon reopening, it again admitted students regardless of race, assisted by the Freedmen's Bureau.[5]

When the State of Tennessee forced Maryville College to segregate in 1901, the College gave $25,000—a little more than a tenth of its endowment at the time—to Swift Memorial Institute, the college's sister school. Swift was founded by William Henderson Franklin, the first African American to graduate from Maryville College (1880). His institute educated black students during the era of imposed segregation.

After the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Maryville College immediately re-enrolled African Americans.

In 1875, Maryville College conferred the first college degree to a woman in the state of Tennessee. The recipient was Mary T. Wilson, the older sister of Samuel T. Wilson, who later served as president of the college from 1901 until 1930.[citation needed]


Maryville College Historic District
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Architectural style Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 82003953[6]
Added to NRHP September 9, 1982
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Thaw Hall, home of the library and the Social Science majors

Maryville College is located in the City of Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee. Its current campus was established in 1869 on a Script error: No such module "convert". that was then on the city's outskirts. Several campus buildings were completed over the next five decades, with financial help from major institutions and philanthropists.[7] The college's historic buildings comprise the Maryville College Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982; Anderson Hall is also separately listed on the National Register.[6]

Buildings on campus

  • Anderson Hall: The oldest building on campus, Anderson Hall houses the Humanities and Education departments. Donations for its construction came from the Freedmen's Bureau and philanthropists William Thaw, a Pittsburgh industrialist, and John C. Baldwin of New York.[7]
  • Thaw Hall: Thaw Hall was completed in 1923 with donations from Mary Thaw of Pittsburgh.[7] It functions as the campus library, as well as housing the Social Sciences and Environmental Studies departments.
  • Cooper Athletics Center: This building currently houses the Athletics department.
  • Fayerweather Hall: Originally a science building, this building is named for Daniel B. Fayerweather of New York, who provided funds for its construction. It was designed by Baumann Brothers of Knoxville and completed in 1898.[7] Fayerweather now houses most of the administrative offices of Maryville College.
  • Bartlett Hall: Built by Kin Takahashi and many other students, this building houses the offices of Student Development, Student Involvement, Resident Life, Center for Calling and Careers, The Learning center, Security, the book store, the Post Office, Multicultural Center, and Isaac's Cafe.
  • Pearsons Hall: This building houses the main dining hall.
  • Sutton Science Center: The building houses the departments of Math, Chemistry, Biology, American Sign Language, and Deaf Studies.
  • Clayton Center for the Arts: This building is the newest building at MC. It houses the music department and has live acts, plays, and local and national productions.
  • Willard House: This building houses the office of Advancement.
  • The House in the Woods: This building is used for the meeting space at MC. This building was previously used to house the campus minister.
  • Alexander House: This building houses some Advancement offices, Church Relations, and Keep Blount Beautiful.
  • Crawford House: This building houses Mountain Challenge, LLC (for credits).
  • Ruby Tuesday (RT) Lodge: Since 1997, this building has been used as a private corporate retreat for the company Ruby Tuesday.[8]
  • Alumni Gym: This building is used to house campus events.
  • Physical Plant: This is where all campus maintenance offices are located.
  • Center for Campus Ministry: This building houses the campus chapel and is the office of the campus Minister, Volunteer relations, and several other "volunteer" related officers.

Campus housing

The vast majority of Maryville College students reside in one of the many on-campus residence halls, which are:

  • Gamble Hall: All male; typically freshman housing. Rooms are available as both doubles and singles. Also features communal bathrooms.
  • Davis Hall: All female; typically freshman housing. Rooms are available as both doubles and singles. Also features communal bathrooms.
  • Copeland Hall: Co-ed; typically freshman housing. Rooms are available as both doubles and singles. Also features communal bathrooms.
  • Pearsons Hall: No longer used for residence.
  • Lloyd Hall: Primarily upper class, Lloyd Hall offers suite-style living. These rooms are composed of a living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Some rooms also contain kitchens.
  • Carnegie Hall: Upper class living that includes suites in which two room share a kitchen and bathroom as well as single rooms in which a bathroom is shared by three residents.
  • Beeson Village: A complex of primarily upper class residences. Beeson Village offers apartment style living and is one of the newer campus living accommodations.
  • Court Street Apartments: Located just off campus, Court Street Apartments offer single bedroom apartments shared by two students.
  • Gibson Hall: The newest dorm at Maryville College, which offers suite style living almost identical to that of Lloyd Hall. Gibson Hall is a "wellness hall," which means that students must refrain from drinking, smoking, and drug use within the building.

All residence halls besides Copeland, Davis, Gamble, and Gibson allow alcohol to those of age.

Campus improvement plan

In 2010 Maryville College finished the construction of the Clayton Center for the Arts.[9] This new CCA building is home to a large theatre, a flex theatre, and also classrooms and offices for professors of Maryville College.[10] There are also plans to renovate Anderson Hall beginning June 2013. The renovations will focus on the interior and are estimated to be completed by August 2014.[11]

Features of the college

The college’s heating system started as an experiment by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Department of Energy and the College in 1982. Coinciding with the World’s Fair in Knoxville, the experiment tested the efficiency of burning wood waste as an energy source. Tours of the plant and demonstrations were held at the College.[citation needed]

The college's oldest building, Anderson Hall, built in 1870, is currently used as a classroom building. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Student organizations


Maryville College sponsors 13 varsity sports under the guidelines of the NCAA Division III. Varsity sports include men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's tennis, baseball, and softball. Maryville competed in the Great South Athletic Conference, with football competing in the USA South Athletic Conference. As of fall 2012, all teams are competing in the USA South Conference. Maryville College played in the first Tangerine Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) in 1947, losing 31 - 0 to Catawba College.

Weekend programs

The East Tennessee Japanese School (イーストテネシー補習授業校 Īsuto Teneshī Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a weekend Japanese education program, holds its classes at the college.[13]

Prominent alumni

Alma mater

Where Chilhowee’s lofty mountains
Pierce the southern blue
Proudly stands our Alma Mater,
Noble, grand, and true.

Orange, garnet, float forever,
Ensign of our hill!
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater,
Hail to Maryville!

As the hilltop crowned with cedars
Ever green appears,
So the memory fresh shall linger
Through life’s smiles and tears.


Lift the chorus, wake the echoes,
Make the welkin ring!
Hail the queen of all the highlands,
Loud her praises sing!



  1. ^ As of February 14, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). 2013 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ Contributions to American Educational History, by Herbert Baxter Adams, 1893. Available from Google Books
  3. ^ College receives award from Race Relations Center, by Karen B. Eldridge, November 9, 2004. Maryville College News
  4. ^ Maryville College; An Early Leader in the Struggle for Biracial Education in Tennessee, 1819-1901, by James B. Jones, Jr., available from Southern History
  5. ^ When Lawyers Go Wrong, Historians Set the Record Straight, by Ralph Luker, History News Network
  6. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  7. ^ a b c d West, Carroll Van. "Maryville College". Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. 
  8. ^ "Our History, RT Lodge". RT Lodge. 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Clayton Center for the Arts | Facility Information". 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  11. ^ [2][dead link]
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  13. ^ "補習授業校リスト" (Archive). Consulate General of Japan in Nashville. Retrieved on February 15, 2015. "(2)イーストテネシー補習授業校 ( East Tennessee Japanese School ) 学校所在地  c/o Maryville College 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway , Maryville , TN 37804"
  14. ^ "Mrs Beulah Alice "Pat" Duggan Linn (1911 - 2003) - Find A Grave Photos". 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  15. ^ Abelson, Reed. "Richard B. Sellars, Former Chief of Johnson & Johnson, Dies at 94", The New York Times, June 26, 2010.

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