Maryville University of St. Louis
Former names
Maryville Academy of the Sacred Heart (1872–1923)
Maryville College of the Sacred Heart (1923–1991)
Motto"Omnium rerum praestantia excellentes"
TypePrivate university
EstablishedApril 6, 1872; 152 years ago (1872-04-06)
Endowment$50.7 million (2020)[1]
PresidentMark Lombardi
Academic staff
Students9,959 (Fall 2022)
Undergraduates5,809 (Fall 2022)
Postgraduates4,150 (Fall 2022)
Location, ,
United States

38°38′45″N 90°30′14″W / 38.6459°N 90.5038°W / 38.6459; -90.5038
ColorsRed, black, white[2]
Sporting affiliations
Mascot"Louie" the Saint Bernard
and "LJ" Louie Jr.

Maryville University of St. Louis is a private university in Town and Country, Missouri.[3] It was originally founded on April 6, 1872, by the Society of the Sacred Heart and offers more than 90 degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 47 countries. The school's name is derived from the shortening and altering of "Mary's Villa" when the school opened as an all women-school in the country outside of the order's original downtown St. Louis location in 1872 (an area that today is within the boundaries of the city of St. Louis). In 1961 it moved to suburban St. Louis and in 1968 began admitting men.[4] Since 1972 the university has been governed by a board of trustees consisting mostly of members of the laity, although five of the trustees are always associated with the Society of the Sacred Heart.[4] The school's athletic nickname is now the Saints.


Maryville was founded in 1872 by the Society of the Sacred Heart and was originally called Maryville Academy of the Sacred Heart and served underprivileged youth and young women.

It was located in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood in South St. Louis on a 21-acre tract at 2900 Meramec Avenue. The main administration building was a five-story building with a cupola in the middle.[5][6]

The school became a junior college in 1921, then a four-year college in 1923 and was renamed Maryville College of the Sacred Heart.

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.[7]

The old campus became the Augustinian Academy for Boys. It closed in 1972. Duchesne Hall burned in 1973 and was demolished, making way for the Maryville Gardens branch of the post office. The dormitories and other buildings were converted into the Maryville Gardens apartment complex.[5][8]

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) – which had been 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. A new residence hall is currently under construction, with an expected opening date of Fall 2016.[7]

In 2020, Maryville University was named the "2nd fastest-growing" private university in the nation by The Chronicle of Higher Education.[9]

In addition to the main campus, Maryville University also operated centers in Lake Saint Louis and Sunset Hills in Missouri and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. These centers offered facilities and services for students enrolled in the university's Weekend and Evening College.[7] These centers are now closed.


Academic units

There are six colleges and schools at Maryville University.[10]


Maryville University's ranking in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report edition of Best Colleges was tied at 249 in "National Universities".[17] In the 2024 rankings, the university was tied with Purdue University Northwest, with a rank of 132 out of 185 in Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs.[18] Maryville was also tied with Anderson University, Geneva College, Southwestern College, and University of Alaska-Fairbanks with a rank of 171 out of 359 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs.[19] Additionally, it was also tied with Columbia College with a rank of 94 out of 98 in Best Bachelor's Programs for Veterans.[19] Finally, Maryville was tied with the City University of Seattle and 15 other universities with a rank of 141 out of 214 in Best Bachelor's in Business Programs.[19]

Forbes ranked Maryville University #421 on their list of Top Colleges in 2019. Maryville was not included in this ranking system in 2020 although it was previously included 4 times.[20]


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.[7]

As of 2023, Maryville University of Saint Louis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a successor of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[21] The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education[22] and the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The Simon School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).[23] Teacher education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)[24] 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,[25] the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) (formerly known as FIDER),[26] the National Association of Schools of Art and Design,[27] and the National Association of Schools of Music.[28]

Maryville University Library

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 interlibrary loan (ILL) from any other member institution. Other resources include eBooks, streaming video, the New York Times, and access to UpToDate.[29]


Main article: Maryville Saints

Maryville athletic teams are known as the Saints.[30] 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 transitioning to NCAA Division II athletics. Maryville became an active member of Division II in July 2011.[31] 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. As of 2022, Maryville University received the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence as a Division II school that has achieved an Academic Success Rate of 94%.[32]

Maryville currently has 22 athletic teams competing in NCAA Division II. The university has a total of 23 varsity sports teams, including men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball, and wrestling; and women's basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball.[33]

Student life

Residential halls

Maryville University has four residential spaces: Mouton Hall, Potter Hall, Saints Hall, and Hilltop Apartments.[34]

Notable people




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