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Maryville University

This article is about Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. For Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, see Maryville College.
Maryville University of St. Louis
Established 1872
Type Private
Endowment $46 million as of May 15, 2015.
President Mark Lombardi
Academic staff
Students 5,931
Undergraduates 2,818
Postgraduates 3,113
Location St. Louis, Missouri, Missouri, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Red, White and Black
Nickname Saints
Mascot "Louie" the Saint Bernard
and "LJ" Louie Jr.

Maryville University of St. Louis is a private, coeducational university located in the city of Town and Country, a suburb of St. Louis in west St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. It was founded in 1872. Maryville University offers more than 70 degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 32 countries.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
    • Academic Units 2.1
    • Accreditation 2.2
    • Maryville University Library 2.3
  • Athletics 3
    • Teams 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


One of the oldest private institutions in Greater St. Louis, Maryville was founded in 1872 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart in south St. Louis as an academy for underprivileged youth and young women. The school became a junior college in 1921, then a four-year college in 1923. Seeing the growth potential of western St. Louis County, in the late 1950s, the school purchased 290 acres (117.4 ha) of land adjacent to Interstate 64, which was then St. Louis' main east-west thoroughfare. The dedication of the new campus on this site in 1961 marked the beginning of Maryville's move toward being a community-oriented liberal arts institution. In 1968, the University became a co-educational institution. In Maryville's Centennial year of 1972, ownership of the college was transferred to a lay board of trustees. In 1981, Maryville launched Weekend College, making it possible for the first time for St. Louis-area working adults to complete entire degree programs entirely on weekends. In June 1991, Maryville made the transition to university status.

Since the opening of the West County Main Campus, additional construction has accompanied the institution's growth. The University Library opened in 1988. Former President Keith Lovin initiated a significant amount of construction in 1997 with the construction of the new Art & Design Building and the link between academic buildings. The Donius University Center was completed in 2001, the new theatre auditorium opened in 2002, and apartment style dormitories in 2003. An additional apartment building and the Buder Family Commons were completed in 2006. In the Fall of 2010, Potter Hall (residence hall)--- purchased from the Marriott Corporation--- was opened for students, and construction began on the dining court in Gander Hall. On September 27, 2013, Maryville broke ground for Myrtle E. and Earl E. Walker Hall. Walker Hall opened in January 2015 and houses the Myrtle E. and Earl E. Walker College of Health Professions and the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing.

In addition to the main campus, Maryville University also operates centers in Lake Saint Louis and Sunset Hills in Missouri and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. These centers offer facilities and services for students enrolled in the University's Weekend and Evening College.

Note: After the opening of the new campus, the old one on Meramec Avenue in south St. Louis was taken over by the Midwest Province of the Augustinian Fathers who established Augustinian Academy, a college prep school for boys.


Academic Units[2]

  • The College of Arts and Sciences offers graduate and undergraduate programs within the four main areas of art and design, the humanities, science and mathematics, and the social sciences.
  • The School of Education has a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs in education.
  • The Walker College of Health Professions provides a wide range of programs in the health professions, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, rehabilitation counseling, speech language pathology, healthcare practice management and communication science and disorders. Maryville is one of only three universities in Missouri to offer a degree in music therapy.
  • The John E. Simon School of Business, named after the late St. Louis philanthropist, offers programs in accounting, marketing, e-business, business administration, information systems, cybersecurity, financial services, internet marketing, international business, sport business management and other areas of business studies. The school fosters a strong relationship with Edward Jones Investments.
  • The School of Adult and Online Education provides educational opportunities online and through the Weekend and Evening College on the main campus and at three St. Louis area satellite campuses.[3]
  • The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing is named in recognition of a gift from Mercy and is the namesake of the founder of the Sisters of Mercy.[4]


In 1925, Maryville, Fontbonne, and Webster Colleges were accorded the status of "corporate colleges" of Saint Louis University and were accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Maryville has been independently accredited since 1941.[1]

Maryville University of Saint Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[5] The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education[6] and the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The Simon School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).[7] Teacher education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)[8] and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Relevant programs within the College of Arts and Sciences are accredited by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals,[9] the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly known as FIDER),[10] the National Association of Schools of Art and Design,[11] and the National Association of Schools of Music.[12]

Maryville University Library[13]

The Maryville University Library building opened in 1988 and was renovated in 2007 and again in 2015. Its 54,000 square foot area, on two floors, contain over a quarter of a million volumes plus collections of reference works, periodicals, and databases. As a member of the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System (MOBIUS), the library offers students inter-library loans from any other member institution. Other resources include a small collection of government documents, phonographic records, videos, microfiche, and access to LexisNexis.


Maryville Athletics Logo

Maryville athletic teams are known as the Saints. The university competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Maryville was accepted into the GLVC for the 2009-10 school year, when the school began the transition to NCAA Division II athletics. Maryville became an active member of Division II in July 2011.[15] The Saints had formerly competed in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a Division III conference since 1989 and had competed in Division III sports since 1978.

In 2011, Maryville added wrestling to its athletic program. Head Coach Mike Denney previously led the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) to Division II dominance with seven NCAA Division II titles before the program was eliminated during UNO's transition to Division I. Since Denney and the majority of the wrestlers, who had transferred from the UNO program, were essentially a continuation of the defunct UNO program, Maryville was allowed to compete for the NCAA championship in its first season rather than making a transition over a period of 2–5 years.

In spring of 2017, Men’s Lacrosse will become Maryville's 21st NCAA championship sport.


Maryville University sponsors teams in 9 men's and 11 women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[16]

  • * = The wrestling team competes as an independent.


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  2. ^ Academics | Maryville University
  3. ^ Locations | Maryville University
  4. ^ Mercy Names Maryville University’s School of Nursing | Maryville University
  5. ^ "Directory of HLC Institutions". Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Universities and Colleges". Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  8. ^ "Home". NCATE. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ CIDA | Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  11. ^ Arts-accredit Homepage
  12. ^ NASM Home
  13. ^ University Library | Maryville University
  14. ^ Maryville Athletics
  15. ^ Pickle, David (July 13, 2011). "Five new active members join Division II".  
  16. ^ "Maryville Saints". MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 

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