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Have you heard about those with curious minds?

They packed up. Got out. Broke free of conventions. They found adventure.

The status quo doesn't cut it at Marietta College. In an environment where we celebrate curiosity, inspire independence, and praise perseverance, you couldn't possibly stay the same. At Marietta College, Pioneers emerge ready to change the world.

Marietta College students working in a chemistry lab.

Pioneering the Liberal Arts

  • Marietta College is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian, undergraduate, residential, contemporary liberal arts founded in 1835. One of America's 37 "Revolutionary Colleges," institutions with origins reaching back to the 18th century. Established initially as the Muskingum Academy in 1797.
  • Total enrollment for the 2023-24 academic year is 1,122 students from 32 states (including Washington, D.C.) and 14 countries.
  • The College's picturesque 90-acre campus is in Marietta, Ohio, just two blocks from downtown. The campus includes a state-of-the-art recreation center, planetarium, and library.

Marietta Forward

Marietta Forward is the college community’s strategic response to the pressures of the rapidly changing higher education landscape. To ensure that this historic college has a strong future for generations ahead, this is our aspirational plan for success. Marietta Forward is shaped by a careful consideration of the strengths of our College, the relevance and perceived value of our current offerings, and evolving marketplace opportunities.

Marietta Forward places — and keeps — every Marietta College student at the center of our educational enterprise. The principal drivers of this strategic plan are: 1) the quality (content, structure, relevance, and delivery) of the academic program; and 2) the quality of support offered to Marietta students across their college experience.

Before approving the plan, the College’s Board of Trustees was provided with a detailed projection of all investments required to support Marietta Forward. In October of 2023, the Board approved Marietta Forward as the strategic plan for Marietta College.

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Students in the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program take notes during a lecture
Aerial view of Marietta College's campus

Visit Marietta

There is no better way to see firsthand what Marietta College is really like: A college that never stands still in a city that has always been a place for leaders. A campus visit satisfies your curiosity and makes it all real.

Visiting & Directions

Our River City

Marietta, Ohio, packs a lot of charm between two rivers. Lucky for us, we're right at its heart.

Established in 1788 by Revolutionary War veterans led by Gen. Rufus Putnam, Marietta is the oldest organized city in the Northwest Territory. Marietta (population 13,178) is a river town situated at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. Marietta is part of a much larger Mid-Ohio Valley metropolitan area that includes nearby Parkersburg, West Virginia. This area sustains a combined population of around 133,000. Marietta is only a few hours from Columbus, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. In 2019, the Travel Channel selected Marietta as the most charming small town in Ohio to visit.

City and Regional Information

Harmar Bridge
This is the time. This is the place.
A Marietta College student walking toward the Rickey Science Center

Fall 2023 Profile

  • Full-time faculty: 105
  • Part-time faculty: 72
  • Total: 177
Undergraduate enrollment
  • Full-time students: 1,019
  • Part-time students: 66
  • Total: 1,085
  • FTE: 1,041
Graduate enrollment
  • Full-time: 80
  • Part-Time: 6
  • Total: 86
  • FTE: 82
Incoming First-Year Students
  • Women: 45.6%
  • Men: 54.4%
  • Diverse students of color: 14.8%
  • Average SAT for first-year students: 1128
  • Average ACT for first-year students: 21.6
  • Average high school GPA for first-year students: 3.89
Top U.S. Geographic Regions Represented for Traditional Students
  • From Ohio: 73.5%
  • From West Virginia: 8.7%
  • Great Lakes states other than Ohio (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania): 6.8%
  • New England/Mid-Atlantic (Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York): 2.6%
  • Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia): 6.8%
  • All Other States/Regions: 1.6%


We hear it all the time — “How am I going to pay for college?"

Rest assured, you will be able to afford to attend Marietta College. We are dedicated to making sure our highly respected, contemporary liberal arts education will fit your financial plan. Our goal is to welcome talented, hard-working students to campus. We have created a financial aid program to help ensure that admitted students can afford a Marietta College education. We also promise that our financial aid team will work closely with your family to understand your financial situation, and then develop a comprehensive financial aid package that fits your needs.

We know that each individual student's financial circumstances are unique. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible financial aid package we can. We are a willing partner with you in making Marietta possible. Approximately 82% of students receive need-based financial aid — more than $27 million of Marietta College's funds are committed to financial assistance in the 2023-24 academic year. Our program is extensive and includes merit-based scholarships; federal, state, and Marietta College need-based grants; state and federal loans; and student work-study.

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Marietta College students cheering on the men's basketball team in Ban Johnson Arena


Marietta's a pretty quiet town — unless it's game day.

Our 23 varsity athletic teams compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference, facing some of the top programs in NCAA Division III.

More than a third of our students are student-athletes. And the rest are still athletes. That’s why they fill up all 84,000 square feet of Dyson Baudo Recreation Center: four multipurpose courts, two racquetball courts, a two-story fitness center and a climbing wall where you can hang 35 feet off the ground.

School Colors
Navy Blue & White


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Academic Programs

Marietta offers more than 50 undergraduate majors. Programs include leadership, petroleum engineering, fine arts, sciences, athletic training, education, and music therapy. Students have boundless opportunities for field experience, professional internships, and study abroad. 

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Graduate Studies

More than 80 students are working on master's degrees in either Athletic Training, Physician Assistant Studies, or Psychology.

Admission Profile

  • Percentage of applicants accepted: 75.9%
  • Average ACT score for an admitted student: 21.3
  • Average SAT score for an admitted student: 1035
  • Undergraduate application deadline: Early Action and Rolling Admission


College Mission

Marietta College provides a strong foundation for a lifetime of leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving. We achieve this mission by offering undergraduates a contemporary liberal arts education and graduate students an education grounded in advanced knowledge and professional practice. Intellectual and creative excellence defines the Marietta experience. 

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Fast Facts
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in the Nation on the New York Times-Brookings Institution's "Common Sense Rankings"
in the Nation for Contribution to the Public Good (Washington Monthly) in 2023
in Ohio for Salary Impact (Wall Street Journal/College Pulse) in 2024
Varsity Sports
the year the Marietta College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was chartered — the 16th oldest in the nation
Proud alumni
of students receive need-based financial aid
of Marietta College's funds are committed to financial assistance in the 2023-24 academic year