Marietta College recently placed eighth among Best Regional Colleges in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report survey, released today. Marietta, which shared the number eight spot last year with Dordt College, is tied with the Iowa school again. Each have overall scores of 83.
This is the 33rd consecutive year Marietta has made the Top 10 list. Overall, there were 80 colleges included in the Midwest rankings. When compared to other regional rankings, Marietta's overall score of 83 would put it number three in the South, number four in the North and numkber seven in the West. If you combined all of the regions together, which ranks 240 colleges and universities, Marietta would be tied for 19th 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 fifteen indicators of academic excellence, according to the U.S. News & World Report's ranking explanation. Those indicators include first-year retention numbers, graduation rates and quality of faculty, among other metrics. Each of those factors is weighted, and then the college is ranked against peer insitutions based on the compostie weighted score.
Three areas of Marietta excels in are Percent of Classes under 20 students, Average Alumni Giving Rate, and Freshman in top 25 percent of high school classs. The top institutions in the Midwest include Calvin College, Taylor University, Augustana University, Ohio Northern University, College of the Ozarks, Goshen College, Cottey College, and sharing the eighth spot with Marietta College and Dordt College.
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