Marian College Kuttikkanam (Autonomous) was founded in 1995 and is affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University. It is owned by and managed by the Catholic Diocese of Kanjirappally through the Peermade Development Society. Marian has a unique and enviable history that it gained autonomy in a span of 20 years. Marian started with just three undergraduate programs and at present the college offers 20 programmes, including doctoral programs in Social Work and Commerce.
Marian was the youngest accredited college in India in 2003 and at present the college is re-accredited with A grade and CGPA 3.52/4 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2014. The college won the prestigious status of the College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) from University Grants Commission (UGC) in 2009 and 2014.