Forbes.com ranks Marietta College among best U.S. Colleges again

erwinForbes.com, a relative newcomer to the ranking’s game of U.S. colleges and universities, has once again recognized Marietta College as one of the best in the nation.

Marietta is ranked 261stoverall in this year’s Forbes’ ranking of the 650 best colleges and universities in the nation. Marietta also ranks 13th among all Ohio four-year schools.

The ranking places Marietta between the Elon University (260) and William Jewell College (262). Factor in all four-year colleges and universities and Marietta ranks in the top 10 percent in the nation.

Leading the rankings are Princeton, Williams, Stanford, Chicago, Yale, Harvard, U.S. Military Academy, Columbia, Pomona and Swarthmore.

“It’s always nice to be recognized among the best in the nation. Of course, the real proof of a Marietta College education lies in the overall educational experience that our undergrads receive and what our alumni accomplish in their professional lives,” said David Rhodes, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “It is also important to remember that any assessment can only touch the surface of the excellence of Marietta or any college. However, we are excited to know that Forbes’ rankings recognize we have worked hard to provide a strong fundamental program in the liberal arts, to strengthen our majors, provide internships, enhance our facilities and expand and deepen our faculty in important areas. That is what makes — and will keep — Marietta College strong.”

According to Forbes.com, The rankings are based on five general categories: post graduate success (32.5 percent), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence, student satisfaction (27.5 percent), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates, debt (17.5 percent), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates, four-year graduation rate (11.25 percent) and competitive awards (11.25 percent), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a Ph.D.

The complete Best Public Colleges list can be found at www.forbes.com/sites/michaelnoer/2012/08/01/americas-top-colleges-2/. Marietta College’s listing can be found at www.forbes.com/colleges/marietta-college/.

Marietta has traditionally done well in rankings, especially among the best in the Midwest for U.S. News and World Report.