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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

As the state of Ohio begins shifting from the Stay-at-Home mandate to the new Urgent Health Order: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans, we at Marietta College are also hard at work drafting plans to ensure that our campus remains a vibrant and healthy place for our students and employees to learn, live and work. Currently, Washington County has 116 cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths; and Wood County, West Virginia, reports 48 cases and two deaths.

Starting June 1st, we will resume on-campus visitation by prospective students and will utilize a new visitor policy to ensure those visits are conducted following guidelines set forth by the local and state health departments, as well as the CDC. Staff in the Office of Student Life report that fewer than 25 students still need to complete the move-out process. Additionally, they are working on the June 6 virtual PioSOAR event, which will engage about 75 accepted students and assist them in the registration process. Students coming to campus this fall will also be notified of a new immunization policy, which will be completed in the coming weeks.

Our folks in Student Financial Services strive to learn and share the latest news impacting students. Student loan interest rates disbursed after on or after July 1, 2020, will be dropping. Undergraduate student loan interested rates will go from 4.53% to 2.75%. Graduate student loans will go from 6.08% to 4.3%. Parent Plus Loan interest rates will go from 7.08% to 5.3%.

More great news comes from our alumni support. Marietta College recently received a shipment of 50 laptop computers, which were purchased with a donation made by an alumnus and member of the College’s Board of Trustees. We have incredibly supportive alumni!

The newest Pios in 5 podcast features recent graduate Kelsey Carver ’20 sharing her thoughts on how her final semester at Marietta College, as well as what the Marietta Women’s Soccer alumna plans to do moving forward. You can listen to her interview here.

I am excited that campus continues to move forward and I want you to know that our goal is to see our students and employees back on campus for the fall semester. We will continue to put forth our best efforts into making that a reality and will keep you informed of our progress.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud

Message from President Ruud