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Date: 9/11/2019

MC named "Top College" by Forbes and recognized among Niche’s "Best Liberal Arts Colleges"

Maryville College again has been named a “Top College” by Forbes.

The 200-year-old liberal arts college is listed among 650 colleges and universities – and one of 14 Tennessee higher education institutions – in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges 2019” report.

“When it comes to the question everyone seems to be asking, ‘Is college worth it?,’ we emphatically say yes,” reads the description on the Forbes website. “With an asterisk. That’s the mission of this college ranking, our annual review of the undergraduate institutions that deliver the top academics, best experiences, career success and lowest debt. Whether a school is in the Top 10 or near the bottom of the list, these 650 count as the best in the country. We include just 15 percent of the 4,300 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing here at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard.”

In its 2020 “Best Colleges in America” ranking, Niche has recognized Maryville College as No. 3 in “Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Tennessee.”

Niche combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best schools, companies and neighborhoods. The Best Liberal Arts Colleges ranking is based on analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education, along with reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compares more than 200 top liberal arts colleges in the U.S.

Student and alumni reviews praised Maryville College’s faculty and small class size.

“A small college that feels like home! The professors and staff actually know students by name and care about their home life,” one reviewer wrote.

Another reviewer said the College “prepared me for the work force even though I chose a major that was not the best for ‘preparing for the workforce.’ Great professors and staff who really cared about my success in life. Great culture on campus!”

“Maryville College is an intimate and small college,” a student wrote. “The small class sizes allow for a student-faculty relationship that transcends the classroom. The faculty are supportive and provide excellent guidance. There are also a lot of ways to get involved in community and campus activities.”

An alumnus said Maryville College “taught me to be a free-thinker.”

“Upon entering college, I was a very narrow-minded individual focused on my area of study,” the alumnus wrote. “Following my graduation, I reflect on a life-changing 4-year experience.”

Other Tennessee colleges on the list include Sewanee: The University of the South, Rhodes College and Fisk University. See Maryville College’s profile and the full list of 2020 rankings, methodologies and data sources at

            Niche also recognized several of Maryville College’s programs, listing Maryville College as one of the best colleges in America to study the following subjects: kinesiology and physical therapy, history, accounting and finance, biology, and psychology.