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Marietta College
Marietta College is a private, contemporary liberal arts institution with a rich student history,...

Marietta College

Marietta, Ohio

Marietta College is the perfect fit for students who are naturally curious with a pioneering spirit to match. Marietta offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, all of which are rooted in the liberal arts. Students learn from and conduct serious research with talented faculty who are renowned in their professional fields and wholly dedicated to teaching. The undergraduate experience at Marietta fosters leadership skills and a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime.


Marietta College prepares leaders.


Despite its small size, Marietta’s graduates have produced leaders in almost every field of work. Marietta’s 22 varsity teams play at the NCAA Division III level, and new programs like men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s lacrosse represent its forward-moving efforts. Students from 40 states and 10 countries have chosen Marietta College because of its quality of education and the safe and friendly environment. Marietta’s average class size is 20, so it comes as no surprise that its faculty know everyone’s name and everyone’s passions.



Student Profile

Fall 2017 Enrollment
984 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
63% male — 37% female
33% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2017-2018 Academic Year
98 full-time faculty
71 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
86% of first-year students live on campus
75% of all students live on campus

School Location

Marietta is a river town nestled right along the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. The town has a population of 14,000 and, as part of a larger Mid-Ohio Valley, it is just a short drive from Parkersburg, West Virginia. The Mid-Ohio Valley has a combined population of 150,000. Marietta is a short, two-hour drive from several big cities, including Columbus, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


67% of students began in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 (full-time, first-time freshmen)


50% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 18%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 5%
White 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


Marietta’s 22 NCAA Division III teams compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference (except rowing)

Men’s Varsity Teams: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Tennis, and Track
Women’s Varsity Teams: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, and Volleyball

Nickname: Pioneers
Mascot: Putnam the Pio
Colors: Navy Blue and White
Fanbase: PioNation


A private, coeducational, nonsectarian, undergraduate, residential, and a contemporary liberal arts college, Marietta was founded in 1835. One of America’s 37 “Revolutionary Colleges,” institutions with origins reaching back to the 18th century, Marietta was originally founded as the Muskingum Academy in 1797.

Investigative Studies

The Investigative Studies program at Marietta College allows students to perform research and investigative opportunities not found in the typical classroom setting. It stimulates creativity, critical thinking, and intellectual curiosity beyond what can be performed in the classroom in an academic discipline, all while developing a sense of learning and sharing among a great community of scholars

Marietta College’s Investigative Studies program is geared toward students who perform very highly academically. Investigative Studies offers many different opportunities for motivated students to pursue different research opportunities through Summer Fellowships and Travel Fellowships, the work from which allows them to present their research findings at regional and national conferences alike.

All Scholar's Day

All Scholar’s Day is a one-day celebration of research conducted by Marietta College students. This day, centered around undergraduate research, is enlivened by hundreds of Marietta College students who share their research, art, or dramatic presentations. The goal of All Scholar’s Day is for students to share their unique learning experiences while at Marietta College through their internships, service-learning, and study abroad experiences. All Scholar’s Day is a venue for students to share what they have learned, giving them an opportunity to discuss their work with peers, faculty, and the community.

Honors Program

Marietta College’s Honors Program is geared toward students with high scholastic ability. This program is designed for students who continually like to be challenged both inside and outside of the classroom. By taking part in the Honor’s Program, students can take two different routes:

  1. The Curriculum Honors Program: geared towards incoming first-year students or current freshmen who are entering their sophomore year at Marietta College. First-year student requirements are a minimum 3.5 GPA and 25 ACT composite (or fewer than 37 credit hours)
  2. The Research Honors Program by which students earn Honors in a Discipline: geared toward incoming senior students who have an overall GPA of 3.30 as well as a 3.30 GPA within their declared major. This allows senior students to partake in advanced coursework under the supervision of a faculty member. These students create a thesis that, upon approval from a committee, grants them the award for Research Honors at graduation.


Students earn official recognition by completing either route, and those who complete both get to graduate with College Honors


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theatre X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station X

First-Year Seminar and First-Year Seminar Lab

The required First-Year Seminar and First-Year Seminar Lab help all new freshmen develop relationships with both their professors and peers. These courses are designed to pique students’ interests while helping them adjust to the college lifestyle. In these courses, they learn to read and think critically as well as spark class discussion with an amalgamation of different viewpoints.

Engagement in Academics

Marietta College’s mission through the First-Year Experience (FYE) is to build an intellectual experience for all of its students, believing strongly in the power of its liberal arts-based focus. Students who enter Marietta are not only transitioning from high school to college, but also an entirely different way of learning—a type of learning that is focused around research, critical thinking, creativity, analysis, and intellectual inquiry. Marietta College professors are committed to making students engaged and committed scholars.

Core Values at Work in the Classroom

With a curriculum focused in the liberal arts, a Marietta College education encourages students to follow a path that they are truly excited and interested in. Having a liberal arts-based education gives students the confidence and flexibility to follow their path toward their desired career.

Marietta College students hone their skills in communication, problem solving, and critical thinking through a variety of general education courses that are focused on primary areas of knowledge. This broad-based approach to learning prepares students to thrive in the ever-changing professional landscape as well as develop interests outside of their primary field of study.

Marietta College offers programs of study that are committed to preparing individuals for challenging careers or graduate or professional schools beyond college. The school’s in-depth programs of study are consistent with the mission to exceed excellence, giving students the opportunity to learn in hands-on and practical experience opportunities.

Marietta College General Education

To prepare students to make meaningful and responsible decisions beyond college, Marietta College has a general education curriculum that provides students the opportunity to acquire a basic understanding in many different subjects.

General education courses include: First-Year Experience Seminar and Lab; Writing Composition; Fundamentals of Oral Communication; Historical Perspectives; Scientific Inquiry; Social Analysis; Quantitative Reasoning; Fine Arts; Literary Analysis; Diversity and Global Perspectives; Leadership and Ethics; and additional Writing Proficiency Courses


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 205 224 70 15 0 0 0 514

Honoring Our Marietta Experience

Students develop meaningful and lasting friendships during the five-day Honoring Our Marietta Experience (HOME) program. This program begins with a formal matriculation prior to the start of the fall semester and continues with an assessment of students’ CliftonStrengths in order to set their sights on their goals. Students are introduced to the college experience through various activities like the First-Year Seminar and a once-in-a-lifetime trip. HOME engages first-year students with their new class while integrating them into their new community and lifestyle.

Engagement in Campus and Community

Marietta College students are encouraged to engage with different campus groups, communities, and organizations within the surrounding community. With the rich history that the city of Marietta has to offer, students embrace tradition as they integrate into the campus culture. As they participate within campus life and the community, students are constantly challenged to interact with individuals who may not think or believe in the same way that they do. This exposure teaches them the importance of cultural understanding as well as the value of broadening their own perspectives.

Engagement in Self-discovery

Students are enriched with the school-wide belief that the four years spent at Marietta are some of the best years of its students’ lives. While at Marietta College, students experience some of their lives’ most profound changes, and it is through the school’s programs that they are developed into independent, educated, and engaged citizens. The First-Year experiences helps students in determining their goals and strategizing their way to achieving them. Ultimately, success in college rests upon the students themselves, but Marietta College makes it easy to embrace its academics, campus, and community, thereby paving a clear path to success.

World of Work

Marietta College maintains its founders’ emphasis on education “in the various branches of useful knowledge.” Faculty truly believe that a liberal arts-based education is the best foundation for success and, through such opportunities as research and practical experience, they are confident that all students are ready and prepared for great futures. A “contemporary liberal arts-based education” means that students are prepared to take on a role in any field and confront whatever challenge may face them.


Coed dorms X
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Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


Marietta College students are highly encouraged to participate in service-learning. By partnering with local organizations and businesses, students are able to conduct research and participate in projects outside of the classroom, all while strengthening the Marietta community at large. Not only does service-based learning benefit those who are serves, but it also yields powerful, real-life learning outcomes for the students themselves. Partnered with a liberal arts education, service-learning allows students to grow socially and continue to give back to the communities in which they live. Marietta College believes that, by participating in service-learning, students have the opportunity to connect their classroom learning to tangible change and a better overall understanding of their fields.


All Marietta College students are encouraged to participate in at least one internship while pursuing their degree. Students are able to obtain academic credit by partaking in an academic internship, which doubles as a learning experience that is shaped by reflection, goal-setting, and evaluation. These internships are performed under the mentorship of an instructor and supervisor within the workplace. By working with the Career Center on campus, students may find internships that are directly related to their specific interests, gaining valuable skills that make them highly marketable upon graduation. Through real-life work experience and the assistance of the Career Center, nearly 95% of Marietta College graduates have reported being employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation.


Capstone is a requirement for all students that attend Marietta College. This is a project in which students are able to reflect on their experience at Marietta College while showing what they have learned throughout their four years. The Capstone project is geared to propel students to the next level, whether that be graduate school or the start of their career.



63% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling admission? Yes

Priority date: Nov 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Level of applicant’s interest

Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work

Class rank
Standardized test scores
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
State residency
Religious affiliation/commitment
Work experience

Freshman Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 620
SAT Math 440 600
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT Math 19 25
ACT English 19 25
ACT Writing    


Marietta College takes a holistic approach when reading application files. The application consists of five parts: application, essay, transcript, ACT or SAT test scores, and a guidance counselor recommendation form.



Tuition $35,030
Fees $1,410
Total $36,440
Room and Board (on campus) $11,320
Estimated Total On Campus $47,760


Marietta College offers merit scholarship at the following levels:

  • 1835 Founders: 28 ACT/1320 SAT and 3.75 GPA earns $23,000 per year.
  • Marietta Distinction: 26 ACT/1260 SAT and 3.40 GPA earns $21,000 per year.
  • Compass: 24 ACT/SAT 1180 and 3.0 GPA or ACT 21-23/SAT 1070 and 3.50 GPA earns $19,000 per year.


Marietta College offers 2 competitive scholarships as well. The John G. McCoy scholarship is equal to full tuition, fees, standard room, and board, and the Trustees scholarship is equal to the full cost of tuition. Students who qualify for the 1835 Founders scholarship are invited to a scholarship competition in pursuit of these awards.

Marietta College also offers a competitive scholarship for students interested in majoring in physics. The requirements for this scholarship is a 3.00 GPA as a physics major. The amount of this scholarship, which supersedes all other college-funded awards, amounts to $25,000.

Additional scholarships offered are the Talent scholarship and the Charles Sumner Harrison scholarship. The Talent scholarship is available to talent competition participants who audition or submit a portfolio. Based on the student’s performance in a college-sponsored competition, recipients can be awarded between $1,500 and $3,500. The Charles Sumner Harrison scholarship is a competitive award available to students of any race or ethnicity who demonstrate diverse experiences and perspectives as well as an exceptional record of community involvement and leadership. The Charles Sumner Harrison scholarship is based on academic strength, civic engagement, and leadership. This award can be up to $5,000.