Marietta petroleum graduates ranked among best by

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It’s no doubt that Marietta College’s Petroleum Engineering Program is among the best in the nation at preparing talented leaders in the energy industry, and a recent ranking released by highlights yet another reason to bolster Pioneer Pride.

Marietta College ranks eighth on’s list of Best Schools for Engineering Majors by Salary Potential. Early career pay for graduates averages $84,300 — above No. 1-ranked Stanford University’s $84,200. Pioneers’ mid-career pay, according to the site, is $147,000.

“Our petroleum engineering students work very hard in a highly competitive major,” said Stephen Lazowski, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “They study under industry respected leaders who are wholly dedicated to providing a comprehensive, in-depth education that is based in the liberal arts. By the time our students graduate, they’ve truly earned their place in the energy industry.”

Marietta College ranked higher than Duke University, University of California-San Diego, Harvard, California Institute of Technology, Princeton, Rice and the United States Military Academy at West Point, which landed No. 15 on the list.

PayScale’s Salary Report compiled date from engineering graduates representing hundreds of colleges and universities across the U.S. To learn more about Marietta’s Petroleum Engineering Program, visit