MC Admissions plans two events to introduce college to prospective students

Prospective students who are interested in learning more about Maryville College are invited to attend a Meet Maryville event on Feb. 2. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. in the atrium of Bartlett Hall.

“We held our first Meet Maryville this September,” said Ned Willard, vice president for enrollment. “It was very well-attended and the feedback we received from students and families was very positive. Actually coming to campus, experiencing the place, getting a sample of the classes and meeting current students and faculty - these continue to be the most effective and dependable ways for students and their families to determine if an institution is the right fit for them.”

Following the morning registration, students attending will be divided into groups for the college’s Alterna-Tour, a unique and fun alternative to the traditional college tour. On the Alterna-Tour, prospective students participate as a group to explore the campus and successfully complete activities. The tour ends with a welcome session at 10 a.m. at Isaac’s Café, in the Bartlett Hall Student Center.

Parents and family members of prospective students are encouraged to attend and are provided a slightly different agenda from that of their students. While students are participating in the Alterna-Tour, parents and family members will be welcomed by Maryville College President Gerald W. Gibson; Dr. Robert Naylor, vice president and dean; Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students; and Ned Willard, vice president for enrollment. The second half of the welcome session offers parents the opportunity to hear from a panel of current MC students to whom they can pitch questions about Maryville and college life.

Information on academic programs, the Maryville Curriculum and the Learning by Experience programs (such as Mountain Challenge and the Center for Calling and Career) will be shared at various locations around campus beginning at 10:30 a.m. During these events, visitors will hear directly from MC faculty and staff members.

A lunch in Pearsons Hall is scheduled for 12:15 p.m., followed by sessions with current MC students.

After a 1:30 p.m. wrap-up in the Alumni Gym, student-athletes will be invited to meet with coaches and ask questions about the college’s sports teams. Representatives from the fine arts division will be available to discuss with student musicians and artists the numerous opportunities for on-campus involvement.

“This is an annual event, and we invite all interested students who are in their high school junior or senior years to spend additional time on the campus to meet other faculty, staff and alumni, celebrate diversity and hang out with all MC students,” Willard said.

Minority students who will be staying on the campus overnight will meet their hosts at Bartlett Hall at 2:15 p.m. From 2:30 until 5:30 p.m., students are invited to get to know other prospective students and current MC students by visiting the Multicultural Center, Isaac’s Café and Cooper Athletic Center.

At 5:30 p.m., prospective students are invited to a welcome session and reception at Willard House, which will be followed by the Nancy Smith Wright Unity Celebration Banquet. Nancy Smith Wright was the first African-American student to graduate from Maryville College following reintegration in 1954.

The College’s Step Team and Voices of Praise gospel choir will provide entertainment at 9 p.m. in Isaac’s Café. Club I, a music and dance party sponsored by the Black Student Association, opens at 9:30 p.m.

At 9 a.m., Feb. 3, the visiting students are invited to a continental breakfast and departing session at the Multicultural Center.

For more information on the Meet Maryville event or Minority Recruitment Weekend, call 865.981.8092 or e-mail

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