Study puts Marietta among top colleges, universities in student success

Marietta College ranks No. 221 nationally in the inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey of more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities released this week.

“Marietta College consistently endeavors to reach the highest levels of distinction and excellence in everything we do — especially in regards to the unfailing and dedicated instruction provided by our faculty in a student-centered environment,” said President William Ruud. “We are delighted to be included in these rankings, and we know from discussions with our current students, and survey responses with alumni that Marietta College is doing the right things in the classroom, in athletic competitions and through our student life opportunities.”

The new ranking uses a set of comprehensive metrics to determine whether a college offers students sufficient resources to succeed, whether students feel challenged and engaged, whether the student body is diverse and international, and whether graduates succeed by paying off their loans and are able to find satisfying, high-paying jobs.

In Ohio, Marietta is ranked 10th and in the Midwest the College is ranked 48th.

Marietta’s best score came in the Engagement category with a score of 79.0 (the worldwide median is 77.5), however Resources was also a strong score of 65.3 (the worldwide median is 38.3). In Outcomes, Marietta scored 50.5 (median is 37.3) and 37.0 in Environment (median is 48.0).

According to WSJ/THE, the rankings aim to address the questions that matter most when choosing a college:

  • Does the college have sufficient resources to teach me properly, and have a good academic reputation?
  • Will I be engaged, and challenged, by my teacher and classmates?
  • What type of campus community is there?
  • How likely am I to graduate, pay off my loans and get a good job?

Drawn from 15 performance indicators, the rankings evaluate: resources (finance and faculty per student; papers per faculty); engagement (student engagement, interaction and recommendation; subject breadth); outcomes (graduation rate, graduate salary, loan repayment and reputation); and environment (international population, student and faculty diversity, and inclusion). Data sources include the Times Higher Education (THE) U.S. Student Survey of 100,000 current U.S. students, and the annual THE Academic Reputation Survey of 10,000 scholars in 133 countries, along with public data on areas including completion rates, graduate employment and loan repayments.