Marietta holds steady within U.S. News’ annual rankings

Students sitting in Kremer Amphitheatre

Without question, Marietta College is one of the finest small, liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. Once again, U.S. News & World Report confirms the College community’s beliefs.

This week, the 2017 rankings of more than 1,800 colleges and universities in the nation were released. This year, Marietta College was rated as the eighth top college in the Midwest — making it the 32nd year Marietta has made the Top 10 list. Overall, there were 94 colleges included in the Midwest rankings.

The rankings help prospective students and their families obtain a glimpse of the relative quality of each college and university. That quality is based on 15 indicators of academic excellence, according to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking explanation. Those indicators include first-year student retention numbers, graduation rates and quality of faculty, among other metrics. Each of those factors is weighted, and then the college is ranked against peer institutions based on the composite weighted score.

Three areas Marietta excels in are Percent of Classes under 20 students (79.5 percent), Average Alumni Giving Rate (18 percent) and Peer Assessment (3.3 out of 5). The College’s freshmen retention rate is 73 percent.

The top institutions in the Midwest include Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), Taylor University (Upland, Indiana), Augustana University (Sioux Fall, South Dakota), College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Missouri), Goshen College (Goshen, Indiana), Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa), Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio) and, sharing the eighth spot with Marietta, Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa).