Marietta College places No. 9 in latest U.S. News rankings in Midwest

U.S.News & World Report magazine has again named Marietta College among the best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest.

The 2009 edition of America's Best Colleges ranks Marietta No. 9 among the top regional colleges and universities in the Midwest. The publication has ranked Marietta among the top institutions in the Midwest for the past two decades.

Marietta also ranked fourth in the Midwest under the category of Great Schools, Great Prices. The average cost for a student to attend Marietta after receiving grants is $16,674.

"U.S. News and other publications consistently rank Marietta College among the best of the best because of our outstanding faculty and staff," said Provost Dr. Rita Smith Kipp. "Embracing a student-centered approach to higher education, our faculty and staff consistently find innovative ways to add value to the students' college experiences - inside and outside the classroom."

Institutions are ranked on a variety of qualitative and quantitative data to determine the rankings. Among the criteria, Marietta's percentage of full-time faculty (87 percent) and student/faculty ratio (12:1) were among the best, while the College also placed highly on peer assessment (3.3 percent out of 5) and percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students (68 percent). Institutions are also ranked on retention of students, graduation rate and performance, student selectivity, and alumni giving. Institutions are also evaluated on the U.S. News' nonpartisan view of academic excellence.

"While I do not think U.S. News ranking system tells us much about what is actually going on in the classroom, it tell employers and others that Marietta provides its students with an exceptional educational experience," said Vice President for Enrollment Management David Rhodes. "Earning a degree from a college that boasts this type of reputation for quality benefits our alumni for a lifetime."

Over the past two weeks, Marietta has been ranked among the best in the region (The Princeton Review) and the nation (Forbes.com).

U.S. News' 2009 America's Best Colleges edition goes on newsstands Monday, Aug. 25, together with its 2009 America's Best Colleges Guidebook, with complete ranking information for some 1,400 accredited four-year colleges and universities. U.S.News & World Report's web site, at www.usnews.com, is scheduled to post the new rankings on Friday, Aug. 22.