Marietta still one of best in Midwest according to U.S. News rankings

erwin-hallFor three decades, U.S. News & World Report has considered Marietta College one of the best in the Midwest.

That trend continues today as Marietta is ranked fourth in the Midwest in U.S. News’ 2014 edition of Best Colleges and Universities.

Marietta’s overall scored improved by one point to 89 (on a 100-point scale), but Marietta dropped one spot after tying Augustana (S.D.) College at No. 3 last year. Just ahead of Marietta are Taylor (Ind.) University, Ohio Northern and Augustana.

Three areas Marietta excels in are Percent of Classes under 20 students (77 percent), Average Alumni Giving Rate (21 percent) and Peer Assessment (3.4 out of 5). The College’s freshmen retention rate also increased from 76 to 78 percent.

Over the past three 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.

U.S. News made significant changes this year to the Best Colleges ranking methodology to reduce the weight of input factors and increase the weight of output measures. 

In its methodology, U.S. News said, “The U.S. News ranking system rests on two pillars. The formula uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, and it’s based on our researched view of what matters in education.”

TOM PERRY