USNWR: Marietta College Selected for Best Colleges in Midwest

New York, N.Y.  In its annual survey, U.S. News & World Report has once again selected Marietta College as one of the Best Colleges in the Midwest.


In the 2012 edition of Best Colleges, Marietta is ranked No. 5 among the top regional colleges and universities in the Midwest. The publication has ranked Marietta among the top institutions in the Midwest for the past two decades.

“Marietta College’s inclusion as one of the finest institutions in the latest U.S. News survey is gratifying recognition of the efforts of the broader Marietta College community as well as the effectiveness of our educational program,” said Dr. Jean A. Scott, Marietta president. “This is a mark of respect to the many Marietta College faculty members, students, staff, trustees, friends, alumni, parents and so many others who for more than 175 years have worked carefully to develop a culture of distinction at Marietta.”

Marietta, ranked second last year and sixth the year before, but the College’s overall score increased from an 85 to an 86 (on a 100-point scale). Leading the Midwest rankings is Taylor (Ind.) University.

Three areas Marietta excels in are Percent of Classes under 20 students (79 percent), Percent of Faculty who are full time (89 percent) and Acceptance Rate (70 percent). The College’s freshmen retention rate is also improving (77 percent).

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and Washington Monthly each recognized Marietta in its rankings.

“Marietta continues to be ranked among the best institutions in its category. I think this reflects our focus on providing our students with a rigorous curriculum,” said Dr. Gama Perruci, Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty. “We are committed to an educational philosophy that challenges our students to think how their individual professional goals fit with community needs. This ranking recognizes the value proposition that the College offers its students—strong preparation for a lifetime of leadership, critical thinking, and problem solving.”

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

The 2012 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges. For more details on these changes, go to

By Tom Perry, The Ohio, originally published here.

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