Maryville University will enroll at least 4,100 students in August; Record high enrollment reflects 18% growth since 2007


ST. LOUIS – Maryville University President Mark Lombardi announced today that he expects a record high enrollment for fall semester 2012 with at least 4,100 students –an 18 percent increase from five years ago.

Maryville will welcome its largest freshman class ever, expecting 400 traditional freshmen who will start their college careers. It will also be a record year for students living on campus.

Last year, Maryville was recognized in the national universities category in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Maryville is just one of three universities in St. Louis ranked in that category.

“We were ranked as a best value by Forbes and Kiplinger’s as well,” Lombardi added. “We provide an excellent undergraduate and outstanding graduate level experience, and in these economic times, more families are looking for the best education at the highest value. Maryville is committed to that vital goal.”

In addition to record enrollment, Maryville continues to move forward. Science labs have had multi-million dollar upgrades; bandwidth on campus has gone up 400 percent in just two years, brand new dining facilities opened a year ago and Cookie and T. R. Potter Jr. Hall – a new 260-bed residence hall – has expanded on-campus residential opportunities. Maryville has added 15 new faculty members since 2010. “We are making investments in every area of the student educational and living experience,” Lombardi said.

New academic programs are also in place for adult students. Maryville has launched two online graduate degree programs in nursing since May that already enroll students from more than 30 states. “We created a strategic culture that is nimble and responsive,” Lombardi said. “We try to anticipate what degrees will be needed as our world changes. Then we evaluate if a new degree is a good fit for Maryville to offer.”

“We are continuously building on our strong academic reputation to meet the needs of traditional age and adult learners. Our 20,000 alumni working and thriving in the St. Louis region are a testimony to that commitment,” he said.