Maryville University

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
Maryville University Logo.png
Established 1872
Type Private
Endowment $28.8 million[1]
President Mark Lombardi
Academic staff 140
Students 2,400
Undergraduates 1,800
Postgraduates 600
Location Town and Country, Missouri, USA
38°38′45″N 90°30′14″W / 38.6459°N 90.5038°W / 38.6459; -90.5038Coordinates: 38°38′45″N 90°30′14″W / 38.6459°N 90.5038°W / 38.6459; -90.5038
Campus Suburban
Colors Red, White and Black
Nickname Saints
Mascot "Louie" the Saint Bernard

Maryville University of St. Louis is a private, coeducational university in Town and Country, Missouri, United States.[2][3] It was founded in 1872 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic order established in France by women dedicated to education.[citation needed]



One of the oldest private institutions in Greater St. Louis, Maryville was originally an academy for young women, before becoming a four-year college in 1923 and a university in 1991. In 1968, a watershed year at Maryville, the University became a co-educational institution. In 1972, Maryville’s Centennial year, ownership of the college was transferred from the Religious of the Sacred Heart to a lay board of trustees.

The institution's visionary grasp of the growth potential of West St. Louis County, Missouri, sparked its purchase in the late 1950s of 290 acres (117.4 ha) of land adjacent to U.S. Highway 40, St. Louis' main thoroughfare. The dedication of the new campus on this site in 1961 marked the beginning of Maryville's mission as a community-oriented liberal arts institution. Prior to 1961, Maryville was located in south St. Louis city on Meramec Avenue. The facility was taken over by the Midwest Province of the Augustinian Fathers who established Augustinian Academy, a college prep school for boys. In 1981, Maryville made history by launching Weekend College. For the first time, St. Louis-area working adults could complete entire degree programs solely on the weekends.

More construction was dedicated in 1986 with the addition of the new library building. Construction was completed around 1988. President Keith Lovin initiated a significant amount of construction in 1997 with the construction of the new Art and Design Building, the new link between academic buildings, the new Donius University Center completed in 2001, the opening of the new theatre auditorium in 2002, and apartment style dorms in 2003. An additional apartment building and the new Buder Family Commons was completed in mid 2006 in time for the start of the fall semester. In Fall 2010, the new Maryville Hall (residence hall) was opened for students. This building was purchased from Marriott. In Fall 2010, construction began on a new dining court adjacent to Gander Hall. Expected completion is Summer 2011.


  • School of Health Professions A majority of the students at Maryville major in the medical fields of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and music therapy.
  • John E. Simon School of Business Named after the late St. Louis philanthropist, the school of business offers programs in accounting, marketing, e-business, business administration and information systems. The school is ACBSP accredited and fosters a strong relationship with Edward Jones Investments.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Many students at Maryville who pursue a degree in liberal arts major in actuarial science, art and design, social sciences, or the humanities.
  • School of Education
  • Music Therapy Maryville is also one of three universities in Missouri to offer a degree in music therapy.

Maryville Library

The Library may request a book loan from another college or university within Missouri that is a member of the state's MOBIUS cluster. Other resources include a small collection of government documents, periodicals, 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). The Saints competed in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a Division III conference since 1989 and competed in Division III sports since 1978. Maryville was accepted into the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) for the 2009-2010 school year when the school began transitioning to NCAA Division II athletics and became an active member of Division II in July 2011.[4]

In 2011, the school added wrestling. Maryville's first head coach is Mike Denney, who previously lead the University of Nebraska-Omaha to Division II dominance with seven titles before the program got cut during UNO's transition to Division I.




  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Town and Country. Retrieved on August 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Town and Country city." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 18, 2009.
  4. ^ Pickle, David (July 13, 2011). "Five new active members join Division II". NCAA. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 

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