|Institution Type:||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting:||Great Lakes Town, distant from an urban area|
|Highest Degree Offered:||Bachelor's degree|
|Level of Institution:||Four or more years|
|School Mascot:||Fighting Scots|
|School Colors:||Old gold and black|
The College of Wooster is America's premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Founded in 1866, Wooster enrolls 2,000 students, who choose from more than 50 academic programs in the sciences, humanities, business and the arts. For over 16 years, Wooster is proud to be a part of a select group of schools recognized in Colleges that Change Lives. The new edition, completely rewritten for 2013, describes Wooster as "one of the country's finest educational establishments."
Wooster's liberal arts education culminates in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: initiative, self-confidence, independent judgment, creative problem solving, and strong written and oral communication skills.
For the past eleven years, U.S. News & World Report has asked college presidents and deans which colleges provide the best undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone experiences. Only two have made both lists for over a decade: Princeton and The College of Wooster.
Spend some time on campus, and you can't help but notice our students' cleverness, confidence and unmatched spirit. A third of Wooster students play intercollegiate athletics, a third perform in at least one musical group, and a quarter are involved in theatre and the arts.
Notable Wooster alumni include award-winning filmmakers Duncan Jones '95, director of Source Code and Moon, and J.C. Chandor '96, writer and director of Margin Call; Jennifer Haverkamp '79, director of the Environmental Defense Fund's international climate program; Donald Kohn '64, former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve; Laurie Kosanovich '94, general counsel for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and Sangram Sisodia '77, director of the Center for Molecular Neurobiology at the University of Chicago.
It’s true that what you give of yourself, in education and in recreation, you will receive in return. If you become involved in things that you loved in high school and if you test the waters of a new activity, you will make new friends and create great experiences. I know for myself I have made several very close friends that I will have for years to come. Wooster has over 100 clubs to choose from, intramural sports as well as collegiate teams, international opportunities, Greek life, awesome literary outlets like The Goliard, The Artful Dodge, and Year One, and a unique marching band, bag pipers and Highland dancers included. Many interesting writers, speakers, musicians, and visiting professors come to Wooster, making our campus life pretty exciting. I also love the wide range of housing options, from dorm life to program houses to major-specific suites. I definitely feel at home at Wooster and enjoy many of the opportunities the college offers.Read More
This college is a great place to spend four years. The community is lively, warm, and close-knit. But the surrounding community can be found a little lacking by those from larger metro areas. That said, Wooster goes out of its way to bring in activities and cultural events for students to participate in. The local town may not have a huge diversity of restaurants, but it is a particularly beautiful part of Ohio. Personally, I have only now spent time going off of campus to explore the surrounding areas and I have been pleasantly surprised with what I've found. It is hard to find a reason to leave the College sometimes, as the community and campus environment is so lively and busy. It is painfully easy to over-schedule yourself with all of the opportunities that you are presented with here on campus. Overall, if students find themselves liking Wooster when they visit, they will find themselves loving every moment they spend here as a student.Read More
I absolutely love being at Wooster. I must admit that at first I wasn't sure that I made the right decision and often thought that I would be more successful at another school. After spending a year on campus and learning so much, I can't imagine going to school anywhere else. I love the comfort that I feel on campus and in the classroom. It is always nice to see familiar faces as well, instead of just being one in a million.Read More
The campus is definitely beautiful, and if you are okay with living in a smaller area, then you will thrive. The College of Wooster is not for people who love big cities, because there really isn't much to do around the college. If you enter the college with an open-mind, you will enjoy your time spent here.Read More