Maryville College reaches out to the community with a number of educational opportunities. Click on the links below for additional information.


Smoky Mountain Advanced Placement Summer Institute is a professional development opportunity for high school teachers in various subject areas.

Great Smokies Experience:

The Great Smokies Experience is a one-of-a-kind, credit-bearing, college class experience for high school students entering their junior and senior years.  Created and administered by professional educators from Maryville College, The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, and the Mountain Challenge Program, this is a ten-day program where you will experience the great outdoors through hands-on experience and getting up close and personal with nature.

Expanding Horizons:

Maryville College’s Summer Youth Theology Experience is an exciting five-day getaway for high school students interested in exploring potential for leadership with the values of Christian faith in a complex world.  

Maryville Symposium

For one weekend each autumn, with the beautiful Smoky Mountains as a backdrop, leading scholars will gather to explore a single “big idea.” As topics and ideas change from year to year, the framework for exploration—liberal arts consciousness formed in a church-related context—will remain constant.

New Opportunity School for Women

The New Opportunity School for Women is designed to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income, under-educated women between 30 and 55 years of age living in the Appalachian region.

National Tartan Day at MC

Partnering with the board of the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games for its own Tartan Day Celebration, Maryville College give the campus and wider community an opportunity to learn more about the Scots-Irish who settled the U.S. and East Tennessee and also celebrate this culture with Celtic music, dancing, clan and tartan displays and highland games demonstrations. There is no cost to attend.

Villamaría at Maryville College

Villamaría at Maryville College is a new initiative aimed at improving and increasing access to Maryville College for Latino students from surrounding East Tennessee counties. The program seeks to build and strengthen relationships with the Latino community, including an increase in Latino student enrollment.

Our mission: “We will listen, we will learn, and we will serve our region to become the institution of choice for our Latino community.” Villamaría is supported by the Kresge Foundation, Excelencia in Education, and the Appalachian College Association.