Largest freshman class expected this fall

Largest freshman class expected this fall

Aug. 21, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

This fall, Maryville College expects to welcome 362 freshmen, the largest incoming freshman class in the College’s 194-year history. Classes begin Wed., Aug. 28.

While some freshman student-athletes have already moved into residence halls, the majority of new students will move in on Thurs., Aug. 22. Returning students will move in on Sun., Aug. 25.

“Students are choosing Maryville College as their college destination because of its academic rigor, leadership and growth opportunities, and because of the relationships that exist between faculty and students,” said Cyndi Sweet, director of admissions. “Students appreciate the history and tradition of the college, as well as the advantage an MC degree will give them after graduation.

“This new group of students is a result of the hard work of countless people in the Admissions office, Financial Aid office and the campus as a whole,” Sweet continued. “We can’t wait to see the impact this group of students has on the MC community.”

Due to the increase in students, Maryville College Residence Life staff members have been working to accommodate students in the College’s residence halls.

In order to provide space for all students, some of the double rooms will now house three students, and some of the single rooms will now house two students. The students in the newly doubled and tripled rooms will be relocated to standard rooms as space becomes available. In the meantime, those students will receive housing refunds.

Of the 829 students living on campus, 34 students will be affected by this change.

“We are excited to welcome our largest freshman class ever,” said Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students. “As a residential college, it is important to us to provide the best possible living experience in our campus community, and we are ready! The campus looks great, our residence halls are waiting, and our staff and faculty are ready to help our newest students make a successful transition to the College.”

- Students come from 23 states and six countries.

- 69 percent are from Tennessee

- 50 percent are male and 50 percent are female

- Their average high school GPA is 3.44, and about 12 percent had a high school GPA of 4.0 or higher

- Their average ACT score is 23.5

- This class is 20 percent minority and includes seven international students

- In addition to freshmen, MC is welcoming 54 new transfer students this year

Enrollment numbers are finalized on Sept. 10.

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 2016 semester is 1,197.