WSJ study puts Marietta among the best in student success

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Marietta College ranks No. 230 nationally in the 2018 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey of more than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities released last week.

“WSJ provides, in my opinion, one of the most comprehensive and fair evaluations of Colleges, so I'm thrilled that they have identified Marietta as one of the best in the state of Ohio and our country,” said Steve Lazowski, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “The Wall Street Journal ranking continues to reinforce the value proposition, superior student outcomes and amazing academic programs we offer our students.”

The WSJ/THE College Rankings, now in its second year, has earned critical acclaim for its approach to ranking U.S. colleges and universities that puts student success and learning at the heart of rankings. These rankings provide students and institutions with access to a comprehensive list of more than 1,000 institutions evaluated on their educational impact and the lifetime benefit to students.

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 can find satisfying high-paying jobs.

Marietta ranks 10th in Ohio, second in the Ohio Athletic Conference and 51st in the Midwest.

Marietta’s best score came in the Engagement category with a score of 79.5 (the worldwide median is 78.3). However, Resources was also a strong score of 63 (the worldwide median is 39). In Outcomes, Marietta scored 52.5 (median is 39.3) and 35.1 in Environment (median is 48.5).

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?