Maryville College, located in the eastern Tennessee town of Maryville, is a private, liberal arts college that traces its history to 1819. The institution, which houses buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation, and the twelfth oldest in the South. Student living was established by members of the Presbyterian Church to further enlightenment into the West, and the college maintains this religious affiliation. Today, about 1,100 students enroll at Maryville College, spreading themselves among on campus student housing and college apartments in the area. The town of Maryville, home to more than 27,000 residents, was named on A&E's list of "Top Ten Cities to Have It All," owing to its manageable size, beautiful parks and interesting attractions. The Maryville campus is set in the center of the town, giving students access to a variety of its riches.
Maryville College has been ranked as high as no three recently in the U.S. News and World Report's list of "Best Comprehensive-Bachelor's" institutions in the South. The school offers 33 majors, and several degree programs for teacher licensure. Student living is distinguished by the Maryville's requirement that graduating students complete a comprehensive exam in their major and complete a senior thesis. In addition, the college operates on the nontraditional 4-1-4 academic schedule, allowing for a "J-Term" in January, when students study abroad or have internships meant to accrue professional experience.
Off campus housing in Maryville, Tennessee, places students in a safe and beautiful community. Students can walk to downtown common areas, such as the Pistol Creek Station and Bicentennial Park, through which the town's waterways flow. In addition, student housing is a short distance from popular destinations like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
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