MC's May Day Mixer gives high-schoolers a taste of college life

On Friday, May 1, high school juniors flocked to Maryville College for a May Day Mixer hosted by the Office of Admissions, an event designed to introduce high school juniors to the nationally-recognized liberal arts college.

Prospective students gathered at 3:30 p.m. for registration and ice cream before being divided into groups for an “alterna-tour,” a scavenger hunt using clues to guide the visitors around campus.

After the tour, students came together in Cooper Athletic Center to mix and mingle with current MC students, staff, and faculty representing each of the College’s eight academic divisions.

Following a question-and-answer session, the high-school students were treated to dinner in the Margaret Ware Dining Hall, and then taken to the Alumni Gymnasium for a student-produced and student-directed play based on Tim O’Brien’s novel, “The Things They Carried.”

“This opportunity will provide high school students who are entering their senior year a valuable first glimpse of college life and Maryville College,” said Bill Sliwa, the College’s vice president for enrollment. “It is never too early to start the college selection process, and we hope that our visitors will leave with a clear understanding of what differentiates Maryville College from other colleges.”

For more information about the event, please call 865-981-8092 or visit

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