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Kiplinger’s, RCGA recognize Maryville with recent honors

on November 12, 2012 by Janet Edwards

Maryville University has received two recent honors, being recognized as a best value among private universities nationwide, and as a top instiution shaping the future of the St. Louis region.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance recently named Maryville University to its list of the country’s best values in private colleges and universities. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. The full list is online at

Maryville University and other schools on the list have the qualities parents and students seek in higher education. They offer top-notch education at a reasonable cost. Maryville students enjoy small class sizes, and the University is recognized among those with an outstanding retention rate for first-year students and high four-year graduation rate.

“Kiplinger’s list of the best private colleges has become a recognized and respected resource for families researching the best value in college education,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “The schools on this year’s list offer students both academic excellence and affordability, which is increasingly important in this challenging economic landscape.”

Maryville University President Mark Lombardi said, ““We are proud to have Kiplinger’s recognize our institution for the second straight year. Maryville takes great pride in providing an outstanding educational experience that is also a great value for parents and their students. And we are always working to improve and enhance that experience both inside and outside the classroom.”

The St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) has selected  Maryville University as a recipient of the 2012 Greater St. Louis Top 50 Businesses Shaping our Future Award. This marks the fourth consecutive year RCGA has recognized Maryville with this honor.

The award goes to institutions and companies that significantly contribute to the business community and positively affect the region. Lombardi said the University is honored to be named as one of the `Top 50’ businesses contributing to the future prosperity and growth of the St. Louis area. “Maryville educates students for work and life, blending top academics with opportunities to contribute to society,” he said.

Signature Maryville programs include the St. Louis Speakers Series and Maryville Reaches out – a day of service when students are released from classes so they can volunteer across the region.

Maryville received the award at the 17th Annual Greater St. Louis Top 50 Dinner on Nov. 5. The RCGA and RubinBrown co-sponsor the program. Other sponsors include Ameren Corp., BMO Harris Bank, Edward Jones, Thompson Coburn LLP, KMOX Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the St. Louis Business Journal.

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