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Marietta College

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Marietta College’s petroleum engineering program is ranked fifth in the world.

If you are planning on studying petroleum engineering, Marietta College is the place for you.  With just fewer than 1,500 undergraduates on their 90-acre campus, Marietta is a very small school with a very big name in the petroleum engineering field.  Students come from all over the world for this program.

But students here study the gamut of liberal arts subjects, and even the engineers get a liberal arts education.  The athletic training and sports management programs are very strong, as are programs in business, leadership and biochemistry.  The leadership program offers students a certificate, similar to a minor, in which they study effective, and less-than-effective, forms of leadership and develop their own leadership style.  Students speak very highly of this program.  All of the majors offered are listed here.

With a small student body, students can expect small discussion classes in all disciplines, as well as close and regular access to faculty.  Current students, including one I met from California, say that this is not a place where you can be anonymous – and most who come to Marietta get involved in student activities and community relations.  Over 20% of students are involved in Greek organizations.  The crew team is not a member of a conference and is traditionally very strong, competing against top Division I programs, though the rest of the sports are Division III.

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Marietta College’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter was founded in 1860, and is the 16th oldest chapter in the nation.

President Joe Bruno welcomed my group of counselors to Marietta by telling us about the senior capstone project, in which students do original research, synthesize it and present their findings to faculty and peers.  He was able to reference several specific student projects.  This is what you can expect at a small, close-knit college like Marietta.  One of Marietta’s most famous alumni is Ban Johnson, the founder and first president of baseball’s American League.

You can see all of my photos of Marietta College here.

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