Maryville College ranks among U.S. News' "best"

Sept. 13, 2002

It's that time of year again: Time for the U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the country, and time for college-bound students and their parents to head to newsstands to find out which schools U.S. News arbiters believe offer the best programs, the best prices and the best college experiences.

For the eighth time in nine years, Maryville College has been listed among the top 10 of the South's very best.

Maryville was ranked fourth in the magazine's "Best Comprehensive Colleges - Bachelor's" category for southern colleges and universities. It was one of only two Tennessee institutions listed in the category's top 25. Berea College of Kentucky ranked first.

In addition to the "Best Comprehensive Colleges" category, Maryville College was also listed among southern colleges and universities as a "best value." In this category, Maryville placed third among all southern comprehensive colleges and was the only Tennessee college listed in the top 10.

U.S. News and World Report, a national magazine, annually judges colleges and universities for their academic excellence and publishes rankings in its weekly magazine and newsstand book "America's Best Colleges." Currently, college and university rankings for 2003 can be seen at www.usnews.com. A complete listing of the rankings and some articles from the newsstand book will be included in the Sept. 23 issue of U.S. News.

"We are pleased to be recognized, once again, as one of the best colleges in the South," said Dr. Gerald W. Gibson, Maryville College president. "Recognition by U.S. News and World Report is a recognition of our commitment to the liberal arts and to a high-quality academic experience.

"These rankings also recognize our faculty and staff members who have dedicated themselves to excellence for the benefit of students."

The "Comprehensive Colleges - Bachelor's" category (known previously as the "Regional Liberal Arts" category) includes those institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of studies in the liberal arts and in professional fields such as business and education.

U.S. News arbiters use 16 categories of data to measure academic quality. These include reputation, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, student-faculty ratio, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance (the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who actually do).

The "best values" rankings are based on three variables: ratio of quality to price, percentage of all undergraduates receiving grants meeting financial need during the 2001-2002 year, and average discount.

"This is great placement," Gibson said, adding that Maryville has received the "best value" tag twice previously. "We have known for many years that the College was a tremendous value to students and their families; U.S. News always helps us spread the word to others."

In addition to faculty and staff, Gibson recognized alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations and other donors for helping make Maryville College a "best value."

"I want to take this opportunity to thank the extended Maryville College family," the president continued. "Without their support, we would not be able to provide the large amount of scholarships and financial aid to deserving students that we do."

Fall semester classes began Aug. 28. The College welcomed 1,020 total students, which represents the second-largest enrollment in the history of the College.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.