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Marietta College
Marietta College Seal
Latin: Collegium Mariettensis
Motto in English
Light and truth
Type Private liberal arts college[1]
Established 1835
Endowment $77.3m [2]
President William Ruud
Provost Janet L. Bland
Academic staff
103 full-time
49 part-time
Students 1,200
Location Marietta, Ohio, United States
Campus Small Town
Colors Navy Blue, White
Athletics NCAA Division IIIOAC
Nickname Pioneers
Affiliations CIC
Sports 22 varsity teams[3]
Marietta College

Marietta College (Latin: Collegium Mariettensis) is a co-educational liberal arts private college in Marietta, Ohio, USA, (population 14,000+) which was the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. The school offers 45 majors along with a number of minors, all of which are grounded in a liberal arts foundation. The school encompasses approximately three city blocks next to downtown Marietta and enrolls 1,200 full-time students.


President's House.

The Honors program[edit]

The honors program provides a course of study for accomplished students. 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.[4]


In 2017, Marietta was included in national rankings by "U.S. News & World Report (8th in the Midwest), Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (221st in the nation), Forbes (470th in the nation), College Factual (211th in the nation), Money Magazine (562nd in the nation), and Washington Monthly (26th in the nation).[5]


Official athletics logo – Marietta Pioneers
Don Drumm Stadium / Press Box.
Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

Marietta College is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference,[6] a 10-team collegiate conference founded in 1902 and the third-oldest in the nation.[7] The Pioneers compete in 22 varsity sports, including teams in crew, baseball, basketball, football, women's volleyball, track & field, cross country, tennis, soccer, and softball. They added men's and women's golf to the athletic department for the 2017 season, and lacrosse for 2018.

Marietta’s baseball team has won six national championships, an NCAA Division III record: in 1981, 1983, 1986, 2006, 2011 and 2012.[8] 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.[9] Five former Pioneer baseball players—Kent Tekulve, Duane Theiss, Jim Tracy, Terry Mulholland and Matt DeSalvo—have reached the Major League level.

Since 2010, the men's basketball program has become one of the best in NCAA Division III,[10] averaging 21.9 victories a season during that stretch.

The crew program competes at the annual Dad Vail Regatta each spring in both men's and women's events, and earned a gold medal in the Men's Varsity Eight in 2006, and gold medals in the Women's Varsity Eight in 2011, 2012, and 2014.[11]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.[12]


Marietta sporting events are often broadcast on WMRT and WCMO, the two college radio stations. All of the football games are broadcast 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.

Greek life[edit]

Alpha Sigma Phi (Delta Chapter), 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, Chi Omega, and Sigma Kappa 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.


Students attending Marietta College have the opportunity to qualify for any of 23 honoraries that have recognized chapters.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

9/11 controversy[edit]

In 2011, in honor of the ten year anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States, a student group called the Marietta College Republicans[24] arranged to have nearly 3,000 American flags placed around campus to honor those that died, in connection with the 9/11 Never Forget Project. However, Marietta College's Vice President for Student Life at the time, Robert Pastoor, threatened to cancel the project if international flags were not included in the display.[25] Mr. Pastoor said that the flags needed to be added to provide "global perspective," and that the group should consider "how the Muslim and Chinese students feel."[26] The College Republicans acquiesced to the demand rather than cancel the project, adding 12 flags from other nations. The president of the Young America's Foundation, Ron Robinson, responded to the Vice President's demand, saying, "instead of embracing the remembrance of the thousands of innocents who were murdered on 9/11, many college administrators...are more interested in creating political correctness tests than coming together to honor the victims of the jihadist attacks."[27][28]


  1. ^ Marietta College's official website - see description at the foot of the page
  2. ^ "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2017 Market Value of Endowment Assets and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY2016 to FY2017". Retrieved 2 July 2018. 
  3. ^ "Why Marietta?". Retrieved 19 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Marietta College". Honors Program. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Marietta College". Rankings Success. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)". Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)" (PDF). Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  8. ^ "Marietta College Athletics - History and Records". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  9. ^ "NCAA Division III Baseball Champions". NCAA. Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  10. ^ "Marietta College news". Retrieved 2017-11-07. 
  11. ^ "Marietta College Athletics - History and Records". Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  12. ^ "Bolton helps U.S. win rowing gold". Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  13. ^ "Marietta College Honor Societies". Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  14. ^ "Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshmen)". Marietta College. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  15. ^ "Alpha Lambda Delta developing new identity". Marietta College, 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  16. ^ "Alpha Psi Omega (Drama)". 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  17. ^ "Alpha Sigma Lambda (Nontraditional)". Marietta College. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  18. ^ "Pi Kappa Delta (Speech & Debate)". Marietta College. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  19. ^ "Tau Pi Phi Business honorary". Marietta College. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  20. ^ News. ""Chicago Med" actor reflects on time at Marietta College". Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  21. ^ "John G. McCoy". Kenyon College. Fall 2010. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. 
  22. ^ "C. W. O'Neill - Ohio History Central". Retrieved 2017-03-21. 
  23. ^ "West Virginia Governor Albert Blakeslee White". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  24. ^ "Marietta College — College Republicans". Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  25. ^ Bedard, Paul. "Some Colleges Fight 9/11 Memorials". US News & World Report. Retrieved 11 Feb 2018. 
  26. ^ 9, jmattera | Friday Sep; Am, 2011 3:01. "College Threatens to Nix 9/11 Tribute As Too American". Human Events. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  27. ^ "Marietta College Attacks 9/11 Display for Being "Too American?"". Campus Reform. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  28. ^ "College demands 9-11 tribute include flags from other countries - or face cancellation | Conservative Byte". Conservative Byte. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 

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