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Marietta College
Marietta College Seal
Established 1835
Type Private, Liberal Arts[1]
President Dr. Jean Scott
Provost Dr. Rita Smith Kipp
Faculty 103 fulltime, 49 part-time
Students 1,417
Location Marietta, Ohio, United States
Campus Small Town
Colors Navy, White
Nickname Pioneers

Marietta College is a co-educational private college in Marietta, Ohio, United States, which was the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. The school offers 42 majors along with a large number of minors, all of which are grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation. The school encompasses approximately three city blocks in downtown Marietta and enrolls 1,417 full-time students. It is known for its Petroleum Engineering, Athletic Training, McDonough Leadership, and Physician Assistant programs, as well as its highly successful China Program.

Historically preceded by the community's Muskingum Academy, established in 1797, today's College was chartered in 1835. In 1860, Marietta became the sixteenth college awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the world's oldest honorary society.

The athletic department sponsors 18 varsity sports that compete in NCAA Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference. The college’s baseball team won the fourth Division III College World Series Championship in school history in 2006. The college also sponsors intramural and recreation program, which are housed in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

The majority of the students at the college are from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, but a sizable portion of the student population is from the New England states, and Asia.


Nine core values

At the center of a Marietta College education are Nine Core Values that form the foundation for all the College does. They are the following:

  1. Financial Planning
  2. In-Depth Programs of Study
  3. Residential College
  4. Service to the Region
  5. Technology
  6. World of Work
  7. Internationalization
  8. Liberal Arts Foundation
  9. Leadership

Marietta College mission

Marietta College offers students a contemporary liberal arts education, that is to say, an education no longer considered liberal arts by any definition. The College's mission is to provide students with an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to critical analysis, problem solving, and the leadership skills required to translate what is learned into effective action.

This education is the responsibility of all members of the campus community, including the students, the faculty, the administration, and the staff. It is accomplished in many ways: through classroom instruction, student life, co-curricular activities, and a variety of employment and leadership experience.

Through teaching and advising, as well as close personal interaction with students, the faculty provides educational leadership for the campus. Other campus groups, ranging from student affairs to service organizations, contribute to the richness of a Marietta education by offering experiences to help students grow as individuals and develop effective leadership skills.

Twenty first century curriculum

A new curriculum was introduced in the fall of 2003. It has three components:

First Year Program

In the student's first year, he or she will enroll in the First Year Seminar and the College Life and Leadership Laboratory. Together, these courses are designed to help the student make the intellectual and social transition from high school and home to life in a residential college. In addition, all students are required to complete (or otherwise earn credit for) English 101, an introductory writing course, and Communication 101, a public speaking course.

General education

General education (sometimes known as a "core" curriculum) provides opportunities to study many fields in breadth, and complement the in-depth study required by a major field. Each student is required, therefore, to acquire a breadth of knowledge across these areas:

  • Historical Perspectives (1 course)
  • Scientific Inquiry (2 courses with labs, or 3 courses without)
  • Social Analysis (2 courses)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (1 course)
  • Fine Arts (2 courses)
  • Literature (1 course)
  • Global Issues and Diversity (2 courses)
  • Leadership and Ethics (1 course)
  • Each student is also required to complete 2 courses designated as "writing intensive;" they may be courses also used to satisfy the General Education requirement, and are often courses in the student's major or minor.

Major concentration

Students choose their own majors (and minors, if desired), and work toward satisfying the particular requirements of their program. All majors have a "capstone" or culminating course. The form of this is appropriate to the major, e.g., a Student Show for Graphic Design students, a semester studying abroad for students majoring in Spanish, a year-long research project for students in Physics or Environmental Science. The college also has guidelines for the creation of student-developed majors.


  • Accounting
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Art
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Broadcasting
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Science
  • History
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business Management
  • International Leadership Studies
  • Journalism
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Musical Theatre
  • Organizational Communication
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts

Graduate programs

  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of International Corporate Media
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Special programs

  • Investigative Studies Program
  • Leadership Studies Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Washington Semester

Academic honors

The Honors program

The honors program provides a rigorous course of study for the most accomplished students. There are several honors distinctions:

  1. Trustees' Scholarship recipients (at least a 3.75 GPA with a 1350 SAT or 30 ACT) and President's Scholarship recipients (at least a 3.50 GPA with a 1200 SAT or a 27 ACT) are given a formal offer of admission into the Scholars Program upon acceptance to the college.
  2. Incoming freshmen are invited to apply on a competitive basis upon acceptance to the college.
  3. Current Marietta College freshmen who will enter the sophomore year with under 37 credit hours and a 3.50 or better overall GPA are eligible to apply in the spring semester prior to their sophomore year. Application is made to the Honors Program Director.
  4. Incoming Transfer students entering MC who fall under condition (3) above.

To complete the Scholars Program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.30 (3.00 for second-semester freshmen only), including specific Honors courses that meet General Education requirements. To continue in the Scholars Program, all four semesters of required course work must be completed.

Academic achievement

To recognize academic achievement, the College has also established the following academic honors:

  • Dean's List. Any full-time student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.74 in a given semester.
  • Dean's High Honors List. Any full-time student completing at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a given semester.
  • Freshman and Sophomore Scholars. First-year students who complete at least 15 semester hours during their first semester and achieve a 3.50 grade point average or higher qualify as Freshman Scholars. Second-year students who complete at least 45 semester hours during their first three semesters and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher at the end of their third semester qualify as Sophomore Scholars. Scholars are honored with certificates at the Honors Convocation in April.
  • Phi Beta Kappa. Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa has evolved to become the nation's leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level. It is an honor society of great distinction that recognizes students, usually in their senior year, who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Marietta's chapter is the sixteenth-oldest in the nation.
  • Degrees with Distinction. The student who completes his or her course of study with a high record will be recommended for a degree with distinction. Summa Cum Laude (3.90 - 4.00 cumulative grade point average), Magna Cum Laude (3.75 - 3.899 cumulative grade point average), or Cum Laude (3.50 - 3.749 cumulative grade point average).


The 2009 Forbes America's Best Colleges Ranking has ranked Marietta 112th Best[2] out of roughly 4000 undergraduate institutions in The United States, 56 spots up from the previous year. According to this ranking Marietta is 4th best College (after Kenyon College, College of Wooster, and Oberlin College) in the state of Ohio. Forbes also placed Marietta College ahead of Johns Hopkins University (173), University of Michigan (200), and Cornell University (207) on basis of Student Satisfaction, Indicator's of post-graduation success, likelihood of graduation from college within four years, and Debt levels after graduation[3].

The 2010 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranked Marietta 6th [4] in the Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest category. The school was tied with Cedarville University and Huntington University.

Athletic department

Marietta College athletics

Marietta College is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Pioneers compete in 18 varsity sports, including nationally competitive teams in crew, baseball, women’s soccer and softball.

Marietta’s baseball team has won four national championships: in 1981, 1983, 1986, and 2006. The first three were under legendary coach Don Schaly, who died on March 9, 2005; the most recent under coach Brian Brewer. Five former Pioneer baseball players — Kent Tekulve, Duane Theiss, Jim Tracy, Terry Mulholland and Matt DeSalvo — have reached the Major League level. Matt DeSalvo made his Major League debut with the (Yankees) in 2007. The Pioneers currently have two other players in the minor leagues: Mike DeMark (Padres), and Chris Sidick (Wild Things).

The crew program routinely medals at the annual Dad Vail Regatta each spring in both men's and women's events, including a gold medal in the Men's Varsity Eight in 2006. Alumni include two-time Olympian and CEO of Boathouse Sports, John Strotbeck, Jr., and 2003 World Championship silver medalist in the USA Lightweight Eight, Andrew Bolton.

The Department is headed up by Director of Athletics, Larry Hiser, who joined the department in 2008.


Marietta sporting events are often broadcasted on WMRT and WCMO, the two college radio stations. All of the football games are broadcasted on WMRT. Home football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, and baseball games are all carried on the Marietta College radio network. The baseball games are also carried on WMOA. WMRT and WCMO broadcasts are all produced and called entirely by students, many of whom are Mass Media students.

Athletic memberships

Marietta belongs to the Ohio Athletic Conference. The 10-team OAC is the third oldest existing collegiate conference in the nation. Founded in 1902, the OAC sponsors 21 championship events, 11 in men's and 10 in women's competition, and is one of the most successful in NCAA national competition. The conference includes:

Intramural athletics

Marietta offers a variety of intramural athletics for men and women. Some examples of intramural programs are: flag football, softball, indoor volleyball, racquetball, basketball, dodgeball, etc. Many of these activities are organized and maintained by the student population.

For more on intramurals and recreation at Marietta College.

Greek Life

Marietta College is the home of three fraternities, three sororities, and one woman's group.

Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Tau Delta, and Lambda Chi Alpha are national and international fraternities that have local chapters for male students to join. They are governed by an Interfraternity Council, which follows the guidelines of the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

Alpha Xi Delta, Sigma Kappa, and Chi Omega are national and international fraternities and sororities that have local chapters for female students to join. They are governed by Panhellenic Council, which follows the guidelines of the National Panhellenic Conference.

Omicron Chi Theta is a local woman's group that operates much like a sorority, but does not have the rights of a full fledged campus sorority. It is the college's only local sorority.

There are also several chapters of national and international fraternities and sororities that have gone inactive at the college over the years. Inactive chapters include: Phi Gamma Delta - Eta chapter - (1855-1866); Tau Kappa Epsilon - Zeta Sigma chapter - (1959-1999); Sigma Tau Gamma - Alpha Upsilon chapter - (1952-1956); Alpha Sigma Phi - Delta chapter - (1860-?); Delta Upsilon - (?-2007); Alpha Sigma Tau - (1960-?); Alpha Gamma Delta - (1961-1975); Sigma Sigma Sigma - (1963-?) .

For more on Greek Life at Marietta College.


Students attending Marietta College have the opportunity to qualify for any of 23 honoraries that have recognized chapters.

Notable alumni


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