Marietta maintains elite position in U.S. News Midwest rankings

usnews16For 31 consecutive years, Marietta College has been ranked in the Top 10 colleges and universities in the Midwest, according to the U.S. News & World Report.

In the U.S. News & World Report 2016 edition of Best College and Universities, Marietta is ranked fifth in the Midwest — up one spot from last year. Marietta has been ranked every year since the publication started sizing up colleges and universities in 1985.

Marietta’s overall score is 85 (on a 100-point scale), which is up six points over last year. Marietta is tied with Northwestern (Iowa) College. Ranked ahead of Marietta is Taylor (Ind.) University, Augustana (S.D.) College, Ohio Northern University and College of the Ozarks (Mo.).

Three areas Marietta excels in are Percent of Classes under 20 students (78 percent), Average Alumni Giving Rate (20 percent) and Peer Assessment (3.3 out of 5). The College’s freshmen retention rate also remained consistent at 76 percent.

Over the past three decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

U.S. News made significant changes two years ago to the Best Colleges ranking methodology to reduce the weight of input factors and increase the weight of output measures. 

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