Marion wears the name the "College City" proudly and is the home of Alabama State University, Samford University, Judson College, and Marion Military Institute (MMI). Judson College is a Baptist Liberal Arts College for Women and anchors along the western edge of downtown. Judson College is listed among the Top 20 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2011 by US News & World Report for having a "thoroughly engaging academic program. See our visiting tab to find more information on Judson College and its offered programs, or to schedule a visit to Judson check out Judson's website at www.judson.edu. Marion Military Institute (MMI) is the oldest military junior college in the nation. MMI has a place of prominence along Washington Street, Marion's main street. For more information on Marion Military Institute (MMI) go to www.marionmilitary.edu. Judson and Marion Military Institute (MMI) are important partners in making Marion a great place to live, receive an education, and work.
Few small cities have enough attractions to become tourist destinations in their own right, but Marion is blessed with an array of existing cultural/historical assets and the potential to build an important eco/edu-tourism economy.
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