Marietta continues to shine in latest U.S. News & World Report rankings

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Marietta College is ranked eighth — up two spots from last year — among the Best Midwest Regional Colleges in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report survey, released today. Marietta was also ranked No. 3 in the region in the Best Value Schools category.

Marietta is tied with William Jewell College in Missouri. Each institution has an overall score of 86, which is a seven-point increase from last year for Marietta.

Overall, there were 76 colleges included in the Midwest rankings. When compared to other regional rankings, Marietta’s overall score would put it No. 3 in both the North and South, and No. 5 in the West.

If you combined all of the regions together, which ranks 253 colleges and universities, Marietta would be tied for 16th overall.

The rankings help prospective students and their families obtain a glimpse of the relative quality of each college and university. That quality is based on 17 indicators of academic excellence, according to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking explanation. Those indicators include first-year student retention numbers, graduation rates and faculty resources, among other metrics. Each of those factors is weighted, and then the college is ranked against peer institutions based on the composite weighted score.

Three areas Marietta excels in are Percent of Classes under 20 students (84 percent), Average Alumni Giving Rate (15 percent) and Freshmen in the top 25 percent of a high school class (47 percent).

The top five institutions in the Midwest include Cottey College (Nevada, Missouri), Taylor University (Upland, Indiana), Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio), College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout, Missouri) and Dordt University (Sioux Center, Iowa).

In the Best Value category, Marietta moved up five spots to third in the Midwest. Marietta also moved up 14 spots and is ranked 20th in Top Performers on Social Mobility in the region.