Maryville University of Saint Louis is one of Missouri’s oldest and most prestigious private institutions with a proud history of liberal arts education.
Established by a French religious order in 1872, it developed into a four-year college in 1923 and gained university status in 1991. Its scenic 130-acre campus has been located just west of Saint Louis since 1961. Initially an institution for young women, it has been coeducational since 1968.
A historic jazz and blues city, Saint Louis is the birthplace of Chuck Berry and Miles Davis, while Scott Joplin and Tina Turner also launched their musical careers there. Visitors flock to the city’s live music venues, free museums and Gateway Arch, a ground-breaking 630-foot monument built in 1965. The city is situated on the section of the Mississippi River that separates Missouri from Illinois.
Comprising undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programmes, there are more than 100 courses overall. Maryville's psychology, management, marketing, visual & performing arts, and biological & biomedical sciences courses attract some of the highest numbers of applicants.
Its students, who benefit from relatively low student-staff ratios and small sizes during their time at Maryville, have a good record of finding employment after graduation. They come from all 50 US states, plus 47 other countries around the world. More than 90% receive financial support.
Adelina Otero-Warren, a campaigner for women’s suffrage and the first Latina to run for Congress, is a Maryville alumnus.