Raise your expectations with Marietta College

There are as many reasons why students choose Marietta College as there are students themselves.

From the 13:1 student-to-professor ratio; the beautiful 90-acre campus in a quaint river city; the talented faculty who devote their careers to educating the next generation of industry leaders; the specialty programs such as petroleum engineering, leadership, China—Marietta College is a dynamic place where young minds thrive.

But the College—in its more than 175 years—has never been one to stand still and rest on its laurels. Marietta College is constantly moving the bar just a little bit higher, raising the expectations for students, staff, faculty and facilities so the integrity of its liberal arts education is as solid and as timeless as Erwin Tower.

Incoming students expect a quality education that is steeped in the liberal arts. They expect close relationships with faculty. They expect their education to transcend the classroom and they expect to be challenged.

Marietta College offers 44 undergraduate majors, 52 minors and five pre-professional programs, in addition to four graduate degrees. Students benefit from a talented faculty pool—all leaders in their chosen fields who chose to share their professional knowledge with the up-and-coming generation. More than 90 percent of Marietta’s professors possess a doctorate or terminal degree.

From lectures and labs, where Marietta’s talented faculty provide challenging curriculum, to experiential education, where students put that classroom knowledge into practice, the education at Marietta College is not confined to a nine-to-five workday.

The College places great emphasis on experiential education and strives to have every student pursue an international experience, whether that includes studying abroad for a semester in Ireland, participating in an international conference in Beijing or taking part in a research project at a university in Australia. By exposing students to diverse cultures, they are better prepared to go wherever their careers take them—whether they spend two years working as an English teacher in Ghana or they work for an energy exploration company in South America.

From the moment Emma Vierheller ’12 (Orrville, Ohio) arrived on campus, she knew it was a good fit for her and she took advantage of the many programs available to her. “I felt very comfortable here right away,” she says. “Everyone I saw seemed happy and friendly, like everyone knew each other.”

Vierheller, who is pursuing degrees in International Leadership and Political Science, is involved with many programs and activities on and off campus. During the spring 2011 semester break, she spent nine days in Nicaragua on a service-learning project with the Office of Civic Engagement. While in Central America, she and fellow Marietta College students helped to build two houses, visited a political prison, learned of the historical relationship between the U.S. and Nicaragua, and developed a better understanding of that country’s issues with poverty.

This summer, Vierheller was awarded the Robert E. and Sally Evans Civic Engagement Internship and, with that stipend, was able to improve children’s programming at the Campus Martius and Ohio River museums in Marietta. She is also a student in the McDonough Leadership Program and a member of the Sigma Kappa sorority.

In addition to the quality programs at Marietta, students can choose to play varsity sports. The College boasts 18 teams that compete at the NCAA Division III level. The Pioneers enjoyed a great deal of success last season on the diamond, the court and the water. This year’s Etta Express played their way to win the D-III Baseball National Championship. The men’s basketball team reached the “Sweet Sixteen” for the first time ever, as well as won the OAC title. The women Varsity 8 rowers made an appearance at the D-III National Championship, won the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Championship and took top honors at Dad Vail.

But not every student who enjoys playing sports wants or can compete at the varsity level. For them, Marietta College offers an abundance of seasonal team intramurals such as football, Wallyball, Ultimate Frisbee, softball and basketball.

The College offers quality facilities to host athletic events. The Dyson Baudo Recreation Center contains the renovated Ban Johnson Arena and an 84,000-square-foot fieldhouse. The men’s and women’s basketball team play on Fenton Court inside Ban Johnson. The DBRC includes an indoor track, four multi-purpose courts, a rowing training facility, a fitness center, two racquetball courts, a weight room and a climbing wall.

This fall, the campus celebrates the renovation of Don Drumm Stadium, including an expanded public concourse, new concession stands and a multi-story addition that contains media and press box areas, spacious team meeting rooms, taping and locker room spaces and a special VIP section. The stadium was the site of the 2009 Division III National Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The five-time National Championship-winning Etta Express play in Don Schaly Stadium, named in honor of the late coach, who amassed a 1,442-329 record over his 40-year tenure as the leader of the Pioneers.

Men and women rowers practice on the Muskingum River and are based in the Lindamood-Van Voorhis Boat House, which was built using grindstones quarried near the city and donated to the College in 1930.

The Marietta Soccer and Softball fields are located adjacent to the Beren Tennis Courts.

See, there are many reasons students choose Marietta College.