Marietta among select group in 2019 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings

Students studying outside of Harrison Hall

Marietta College ranks 303rd nationally in the third year of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey of almost 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities released today.

“We are delighted to be included in these rankings, and we know from discussions with our current students, and survey responses with alumni that Marietta College is doing the right things in the classroom, in athletic competitions and through our student life opportunities,” said President William Ruud.

The ranking uses a set of comprehensive metrics to determine whether a college offers students sufficient resources to succeed, whether students feel challenged and engaged, whether the student body is diverse and international, and whether graduates succeed by paying off their loans and are able to find satisfying, high-paying jobs.

In the Midwest, Marietta is ranked 70th out of 251 schools. Overall, only 968 colleges and universities received a ranking.

Marietta’s best score came in the Engagement category with a score of 77.0 (the worldwide median is 78.5), however, Resources was also a strong score of 62.6 (the worldwide median is 40.0). In Outcomes, Marietta scored 43.2 (median is 39.8) and 34.7 in Environment (median is 48.4).

According to WSJ/THE, the rankings aim to address the questions that matter most when choosing a college:

  • Does the college have sufficient resources to teach me properly, and have a good academic reputation?
  • Will I be engaged, and challenged, by my teacher and classmates?
  • What type of campus community is there?
  • How likely am I to graduate, pay off my loans and get a good job?

Drawn from 15 calibrated performance indicators, the rankings evaluate: resources (finance and faculty per student; papers per faculty); engagement (student engagement, interaction and recommendation; subject breadth); outcomes (graduation rate, graduate salary, loan repayment and reputation); and environment (international population, student and faculty diversity, and inclusion). Data sources include the Times Higher Education (THE) U.S. Student Survey of 100,000 current U.S. students, and the annual THE Academic Reputation Survey of 10,000 scholars in 133 countries, along with public data on areas including completion rates, graduate employment and loan repayments.