|Type||Private, Liberal Arts|
|President||Dr. Joseph W. Bruno|
|Provost||Dr. Gama Perruci (Interim)|
|Academic staff||103 full-time, 49 part-time|
|Location||Marietta, Ohio, United States|
|Colors||Navy Blue, White|
Marietta College is a co-educational liberal arts private college in historic Marietta, Ohio, USA, which was the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. The school offers 44 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 next to downtown Marietta and enrolls 1,435 full-time students. It is known for its Petroleum Engineering, Athletic Training, McDonough Leadership, and Physician Assistant programs, as well as its China Program.
Historically preceded by the community's Muskingum Academy, established in 1797, today's College was chartered in 1835 and the first president was the Rev. Joel H. Linsley. 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 an NCAA Division III record 6th College World Series Championship in school history in 2012. 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.
Seven core values
At the center of a Marietta College education are Seven Core Values that form the foundation for all the College does. They are the following:
- Liberal Arts Foundation
- In-Depth Programs of Study
- Global Perspective and Diversity
- World of Work
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 (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 areas as Historical Perspectives, Scientific Inquiry, Social Analysis, Quantitative Reasoning, Fine Arts, Literature, Global Issues and Diversity and Leadership and Ethics. Beyond this students are 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.
Marietta has 44 majors and many more minors. The school offers two graduate programs in Psychology and Physician Assistant Studies. As well, the school has special programs Investigative Studies Program, Leadership Studies Program, Study Abroad and Washington Semester.
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.
The Honors program
The honors program provides a course of study for accomplished students. There are several honors distinctions, such as Trustees' Scholarship, Incoming freshmen are invited to apply, Current Marietta College freshmen who will enter the sophomore year and Incoming Transfer students entering MC who fall under condition (3) above. The program has several requirements such as GPA and 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.
To recognize academic achievement, the College has also established the several honors such as, the Dean's List, the Dean's High Honors List, Freshman and Sophomore Scholars, Phi Beta Kappa and Degrees with Distinction.
The 2009 Forbes America's Best Colleges Ranking has ranked Marietta 112th Best 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, Indicators of post-graduation success, likelihood of graduation from college within four years, and Debt levels after graduation.
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, track & field, women’s soccer and softball.
Marietta’s baseball team has won six national championships, an NCAA Division III record: in 1981, 1983, 1986, 2006, 2011 and 2012. The first three were under legendary coach Don Schaly, who died on March 9, 2005; the three most recent under coach Brian Brewer. By repeating as the national champions in 2011 and 2012 the Pioneers became the first team to do that in NCAA Division III play since the Rowan University Profs won back to back championships in 1978 and 1979. 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 four other players in the minor leagues: Mike DeMark (Diamondbacks), Tim Saunders (Cubs), Austin Blaski (Brewers), and Mark Williams (Brewers).
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.
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.
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.
Marietta College is the home of four fraternities and four sororities.
Alpha Sigma Phi (Delta Colony), 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 sorority that operates much like a national sorority. Omicron Chi Theta was invited to join the Panhellenic Council in the spring of 2011 and currently enjoys Associate Member status.
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 - (1855–1859, 1878-1897); Tau Kappa Epsilon - Zeta Sigma chapter - (1959–1999); Sigma Tau Gamma - Alpha Upsilon chapter - (1952–1956); Delta Upsilon - (1870-2007); Alpha Sigma Tau - (1960-?); Alpha Gamma Delta - (1961–1975); Tau Epsilon Phi - Upsilon Phi chapter - (1961 - ?); Sigma Sigma Sigma - (1963-1997) .
Students attending Marietta College have the opportunity to qualify for any of 23 honoraries that have recognized chapters.
- Alpha Lambda Delta - Freshman
- Alpha Psi Omega - Drama
- Alpha Sigma Lambda - Non-Traditional
- Beta Beta Beta - Biology
- Gamma Sigma Alpha - Greek (Academic Honor Society)
- Kappa Delta Pi - Education
- Kappa Mu Epsilon - Mathematics
- Kappa Pi - Art
- Lambda Pi Eta - Communication
- Omicron Delta Epsilon - Economics
- Omicron Delta Kappa - Leadership
- Order of Omega - Greek (Leadership)
- Phi Alpha Theta - History
- Phi Beta Kappa - Academics
- Phi Sigma Iota - Foreign Language and Literature
- Pi Epsilon Tau - Petroleum Engineering
- Pi Kappa Delta - Forensics
- Pi Sigma Alpha - Political Science
- Psi Chi - Psychology
- Sigma Delta Pi - Spanish
- Sigma Pi Sigma - Physics
- Sigma Tau Delta - English
- Society for Collegiate Journalists - Mass Communications
- Tau Pi Phi - Economics, Management, Accounting
- Edward H. Allen - Kansas City Mayor 1867
- Zane E. Barnes 1947 - Chairman Emeritus, Southwestern Bell Corporation
- Ray Barnhart - Federal Highway Administration director (1981–1987) and member of the Texas House of Representatives (1973–1975); Marietta College faculty member (1951–1955), resident of St. Clairsville, Ohio
- Robert J. Blendon 1964 - Professor of Health Policy-Political Analysis at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School of Government
- Penny Contner 1972 - President, Not Bad For A Girl, Inc. and former co-producer of television’s ER.'
- E. Jocob Crull (attended in 1880-81)-Montana State Representative and colonel who was Jennette Rankin's (first female member of the U.S. Congress) chief primary rival
- Charles G. Dawes 1884 - Vice President of the United States; Nobel Prize winner
- Matt DeSalvo 2003 - Former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Eric S. Dobkin 1964 - Retired Partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co.
- Robert R. Dyson 1968 - President, Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation; Professional Race Car Driver
- Bill C. Fenton 1944 - Chairman of the Board, Fenton Art Glass Company
- Frank M. Fenton 1936 - Director, Fenton Art Glass Company
- James Fowler Given 1825 - 1867 American Episcopalian evangelist, primary co-founder and organizer of the Christian Union denomination in 1864
- Carte Goodwin 1996 - United States Senator of West Virginia
- Dean Hess 1941 - American minister and United States Air Force colonel
- William Irwin 1848 - 13th Governor of California
- Henry J. Jelinek 1968 - President, Jelinek Cork Corporation
- Byron Bancroft Ban Johnson 1887 - Founder, Baseball’s American League
- Gary Kott 1969 - Award-winning television and advertising writer, and an American Folk Artist. A writer and supervising producer of The Cosby Show, Kott worked on the program during its five consecutive years of number one Nielsen ratings.
- Richard E. MacCullagh 1957 - Retired CAPT USN Chaplains Corp, two time recipient of the Bronze Star with Combat V
- Charles W. McCoy 1942 - Retired Chairman and CEO, Premiere Banks
- John G. McCoy 1935 - Chairman Emeritus, Banc One Corp.
- Terry Mulholland 1985 - Former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Ann Muscari 1951 - Vice President and Co-Founder, Kinder Care Learning Centers; Author of Child Care That Works
- F. Story Musgrave 1960 - Retired NASA Astronaut/Shuttle Pilot
- C. William O'Neill 1938 - 59th Governor of Ohio
- Andrea Parhamovich 2000 - National Democratic Institute employee killed in Baghdad, Iraq on January 17, 2007.
- Charles "Chick" Peterson 1953 - Nationally known painter, water colorist and print-maker
- Don Schaly 1959 - ABCA Hall of Fame member, all-time winningest baseball coach in Division III history
- Wilbur Schramm 1928 - Founding Father of the Communication Studies Discipline
- John M. Stowell - Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Kent Tekulve 1969 - Former Major League Baseball pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Jim Tracy 1978 - Former Major League Baseball manager, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Dodgers
- Dale W. VanVoorhis 1963 - President, Amusement Business Consultants
- Willard Warner 1845 - United States Senator from Alabama, 1868–71
- Walter E. Webber 1965 - 33°, Former Sovereign Grand Commander, Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction; received W. Bay Irvine Award; former vice-chair of Marietta's board of trustees; scholarship fund founded in his name
- Joseph G. Wilson 1846 - U.S. Congressman from Oregon, justice on the Oregon Supreme Court
- Marietta College's official website - see description at the foot of the page
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