Marietta remains in top 20 in U.S.News and World Report rankings

Marietta College, which is consistently ranked among the top regional schools in the Midwest, remains one of the best colleges according to the latest U.S.News and World Report annual ratings, which were released today (Aug. 18) on its Web site.

Marietta College is listed No. 17 out of more than 100 schools in the Midwest Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's Top Schools category.

"Marietta College may move up or down slightly in the U.S. News rankings in a given year, but the breadth of their system measures our overall strength in all the crucial areas and guarantees we will be judged among the best in the region," said David Rhodes, vice president for enrollment management at Marietta. "We are proud that Marietta has always finished near the top since U.S. News began its annual ranking of colleges. Marietta College is getting stronger and it is nice to see the rankings reflect this fact."

A Comprehensive College-Bachelor's is defined as an institution that focuses on undergraduate education and grants fewer than 50 percent of its degrees in liberal arts disciplines while awarding the majority of its degrees in such professional disciplines as business, education and media studies. Marietta was ranked in a category that included Ohio Northern, Otterbein and Mount Union, which are fellow members of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio.

Institutions are ranked on a variety of qualitative and quantitative data to determine the rankings. Among the criteria, Marietta's percentage of full-time faculty (88 percent) and student/faculty ratio (12:1) were among the best, while the College also placed highly on peer assessment (3.1 out of 5) and percentage of classes with less than 20 students (78 percent). Institutions are also ranked on retention of students, graduation rate and performance, student selectivity, and alumni giving. Institutions are also evaluated on the U.S. News' nonpartisan view of academic excellence.

"While I do not think that this type of ranking system tells us much about what is actually going on in the classroom, it does reflect broad indicators of the health of the institution and the reputation in the eyes of other leaders in higher education," said Provost Dr. Sue DeWine. "In that sense, I am pleased that our efforts in recent years apparently have been recognized. There has been a massive change effort and more than 100 strategic initiatives put in place at Marietta College. We certainly have felt the difference ourselves as evidenced by the enthusiasm of our students and the high morale of our faculty and staff"