Marietta College is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian, undergraduate, residential, contemporary liberal arts institution. It traces its roots to area pioneers in 1797 and was chartered by the state of Ohio in 1835. While steeped in history, today, it is a modern liberal arts institution; pioneering education as a practical, relevant, and responsive College.
Providing a strong foundation for a lifetime of leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving, the Marietta experience is defined by intellectual and creative excellence. Marietta College is consistently named one of the top private colleges in the Midwest, ranked 10th by U.S. News & World Report in 2019, and in the Top 15 every year since the rankings started in 1985. Forbes.com ranked Marietta in the Top 30% of all U.S. colleges and universities, while The Princeton Review consistently lists the College as a “Best Midwestern College.” In 2015, the Brookings Institution ranked colleges by their highest value added, regardless of major. Marietta College came in at an impressive No. 7 in the entire nation.