Colleges That Change Lives

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College of Wooster

"As I have gotten to know what [Wooster] accomplishes I can testify there is no better college in the country."
-Colleges That Change Lives

  • The College of Wooster is a community of independent minds, working together to prepare students to become leaders of character and influence in an interdependent global community. A private, independent, undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences, Wooster is nationally recognized for an innovative curriculum that emphasizes mentored independent learning.
  • The College of Wooster's 240-acre campus is located in a residential section of Wooster, Ohio (pop. 26,000), approximately 55 miles southwest of Cleveland, 80 miles northeast of Columbus, and 30 miles west of Akron and Canton.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • For the past 10 years, U.S. News & World Report has asked college presidents, provosts, and deans to nominate schools with outstanding undergraduate research opportunities and stellar senior capstone programs. Only two schools have been named to both lists all 10 years: The College of Wooster and Princeton University.
  • Independent Study (I.S.) is the most distinctive feature of Wooster's curriculum. For more than 50 years, I.S. has offered all Wooster students the opportunity to explore what interests them most and create an original research project, written work, performance, or exhibit of artwork, supported one-on-one by a faculty mentor. "College presidents and deans consider Wooster's Independent Study one of the best senior capstone programs in the nation," says U.S. News & World Report.
  • Washington Post education reporter and columnist Jay Mathews ranks Wooster #4 on a list of America's "outstanding but underappreciated" colleges in his book, Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That Is Best for You.
  • Wooster ranks 18th in the nation among independent colleges whose graduates, both men and women, earned Ph.D.s between 1966 and 2002.
  • Wooster is a top contributor to Teach for America. This year 11 Wooster graduates won spots in the highly competitive program, the fifth largest group from a college our size.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • 173 full-time faculty; 95% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field.
  • Degrees conferred: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education
  • Over 55 academic programs and areas of study.
  • In just the past three years, 38 articles co-authored by students and faculty members have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • 90% of seniors are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • 98% of Wooster students live on campus. Students may choose to live in one of Wooster's 13 residence halls or 25 program houses.
  • NCAA Division III athletics, with 23 intercollegiate teams
  • More than 125 student organizations
  • Students need not major or minor in music or theatre to participate in music ensembles, or win performing arts scholarships.
  • 30% of Wooster students perform in at least one musical ensemble.
  • 30% play on at least one of 23 Division III intercollegiate athletic teams.
  • 35% of each class study abroad in over 45 countries
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • More than 90% of Wooster graduates are employed or in graduate school (or both) within six months of graduation. Wooster's focus on mentored undergraduate research helps students develop independent judgment, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, self confidence, and strong written and oral communication skills: precisely the abilities prized by employers and graduate schools alike. That's why Wooster's alumni achieve distinction and success in a wide variety of fields. Learn more here:
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • 75% in the top quartile of their class
  • Average GPA: 3.6
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1650-1940
  • Middle 50% ACT: 25-30