Marietta College is ranked eighth — up two spots from last year — among the Best Midwest Regional Colleges in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report survey, released today. Marietta was also ranked No. 3 in the region in the Best Value Schools category.
For the third year in a row, TheChronicle of Higher Education has recognized Marietta College as a “Great College to Work For®,” and it is the second consecutive year it has earned an Honor Roll designation — the highest rank a school can receive.
Artemii Stepanets spent most of his childhood in the Tampa, Florida, area but he was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He moved to the United States at the age of 9 with his brother and other youngsters in search of better opportunities. That he found, giving back to the community along the way. Now a Petroleum Engineering major, he sees a future filled with possibilities both at Marietta College and beyond. He’s considering additional degrees in Computer Science or Economics, and he enjoys the diversity of student organizations on campus. Stepanets is the recipient of a Charles Sumner Harrison Scholarship, which is based on a student’s passion for community service, student leadership, civil service, and academic ability. The scholarship covers the cost of his tuition, making his “American Dream” a reality. He plans to stay in the United States following graduation and hopes to eventually bring his mother to the U.S. from Russia.
“My time at Marietta prepared me for my career in both the academic and social applications of my education. The broad set of courses I spent time in at Marietta provided me with an increased desire to ask the ‘why’ or ‘how’ that leads to learning.”
-Franco Biondilillo ’18, Corporate Information Technology Business Analyst
Marietta College’s broad set of courses and education requirements as a liberal arts school is invaluable when it comes to the workforce, as Frank Biondolillo can testify. He says that the range of knowledge he gained from a variety of classes improved his professional skills, conversational skills and his ability to not just know a topic, but to also look deeper into it. These skills greatly prepared him for his current position at Eaton Corporation’s U.S. Headquarters, in which he has accomplished multiple feats.
As a Corporate Information Technology Business Analyst, he has coordinated a global team of testers for over 400 test scripts, and has also been responsible for identifying application ownership, defining strategy and escalating project requests to address 170+ Windows servers running business applications. This position has given him in-depth experience with business processes involving financial close, consolidation and disclosure reporting. Frank will soon be transferring to a new position with the IT innovation team in regards to how Robotic Process Automation, Augmented Reality, Chatbots, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence can be applied to real-world business situations.
“I truly felt the impact of a liberal arts education every day as I would run up and down the mall from Hermann to Thomas, and now I appreciate the skills I developed from my major and minor and know I can handle any event that ends up on my team's schedule.”
-Tara Clinton ’18, Publishing and Intelligence Specialist
Only a few months after graduating from Marietta College with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Theatre, Tara began a job at POLITICO that required skills from her background in both departments. The first role she held utilized the production experience she gained during her time at Marietta, which she is extremely thankful for. She helped plan and produce events for POLITICO, which mirrored her time working on productions in the Theatre department. Her advanced knowledge of backstage equipment aided her in successfully completing each event, and her experience stage managing was put to use almost every day. She cannot thank Marietta enough for the solid Theatre background that helped her thrive in her first position at POLITICO and led to the one she currently has. This new position involves data analysis similar to the capstone she completed for her Political Science major, putting her major to use. She says that both the Theatre and Political Science departments pushed her to succeed and keep working hard despite whatever obstacles may stand in her way. She believes that during her years at Marietta, both of her academic passions became intertwined, with one always urging her to improve the other. The well-rounded liberal arts education she received was visible to her every day on campus, and she expresses that it prepared her for any task that may lay before her.
“Marietta College was able to take me, a blue-collar high schooler from Ohio's Amish Country, and instill in me the liberal arts skills that have allowed me to become one of PwC's go-to contacts in data analytics technologies in the Midwest.”
-Caleb Hester ’16, Tax Digital Accelerator at PwC
Caleb Hester ‘16 attributes his career success to his time at Marietta College. When starting at PwC, he knew that he wanted to make himself stand out; by helping introduce programs like Alteryx and Tableau to the firm, he was able to do just that. Caleb said he built off the knowledge he had already gained in introductory classes at Marietta in order to bring them to the forefront at PwC. Thanks to Caleb’s initiative, as well as the creative problem-solving skills he learned at Marietta, the company had the opportunity to demo solutions directly to tax directors and CFOs of Fortune 500 companies.