College moves up in Washington Monthly's rankings for 2016

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Marietta College has placed 26th in a national ranking of colleges and universities across the United States in regards to an institution's contribution to the public good — up from 45th last year.

The Washington Monthly 2016 College Guide and Rankings assesses institutions based on social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and awarding doctoral degrees) and service (encouraging students to give back to their country).

The survey considers universities’ predicted and actual graduation rates; the percentage of low-income students receiving federal aid; the percentage of all students who join the Peace Corps or ROTC, or engage in other community service; and the number of faculty receiving significant awards and elected to the national academies.

Marietta also placed 130th in the "Best Bang for the Buck" category in the Midwest.

The top five in the Bachelor's category were Cooper Union (New York), College of the Ozarks (Missouri), Goshen College (Indiana), Cedar Crest College (Pennsylvania) and Calvin College (Michigan).

Regardless of methodology, Marietta has consistently placed among the best colleges and universities in regional and national rankings for more than 30 years.