Marietta College among Money’s ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’

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In the first college rankings of 2017-18, Marietta College has been included in Money magazine’s inaugural list of The Best Colleges for Your Money.

Marietta is ranked 562nd out of the 711 schools that received a ranking. The list examined 2,400 four-year colleges and universities nationwide.

The magazine states the rankings “are the first to combine the most accurate pricing estimates available with students’ likely earnings after graduation and a unique analysis of how much 'value' a college adds when compared to other schools that take in similar students.”

Money ranked the schools based on 27 factors within three equally weighted categories: quality of education, affordability and career outcomes. Factors included graduation rate, instructor quality, net price of a degree, student loan default risk, and early career earnings, among others.

To make the initial cut, a college had to:

  • Have at least 500 students.
  • Have sufficient, reliable data to be analyzed.
  • Not be in financial distress.
  • Have a graduation rate that was at or above the median for its institutional category (public or private), or have a high “value-added” graduation rate (in other words: score in the top 25 percent of our test of graduation rates after accounting for the average test scores and percentage of low income students among its enrollees).