Wooster, College of

A view through the main academic quad at College of Wooster, America's Premier College for Mentored Undergraduate Research.

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

College of Wooster
847 College Avenue
Wooster, Ohio 44691
330.263.2322 / 800.877.9905
admissions@wooster.edu
www.wooster.edu
⋅ Approximately 2,116 students
⋅ Students hail from 47 states and 45 countries.
⋅ 1 out of every four first-year students are multicultural
⋅ 62% of students are from out of state.
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio; 70% of classes have less than 20 students each.
⋅ Comprehensive Fee: $60,000
⋅ Over 80% of Wooster students receive need-based or merit aid.
⋅ Average financial aid package: $39,224

An aerial view of Kenarden Lodge. Built in 1911, Kenarden is one of sixteen residence halls at the College of Wooster. 99% of our 2,000 plus students live on campus.

A student-faculty Independent Study meeting in action.

Some of our Bagpipe Corps walking through campus in MacLeod tartan kilts. The College of Wooster is proud of our Scottish heritage. Go Scots!

A student-athlete on the Women's Soccer team celebrates a goal Wooster boasts 23 Division III varsity athletic teams.

A peacefully shot of Kauke Arch following a winter snowfall.

Character
  • 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. 27,000), approximately 55 miles southwest of Cleveland, 80 miles northeast of Columbus, and 30 miles west of Akron and Canton.

Worth Noting
  • For the past 16 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 16 years: The College of Wooster and Princeton University.
  • Independent Study (I.S.) is the most distinctive feature of Wooster’s curriculum. For more than 60 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.
  • The city of Wooster is ranked in the top 50 (#37) of Best Places to Live in America by Money Magazine, making it the only college in Ohio in the top 50!

Faculty & Academics
  • 171 full-time faculty; 96% 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.
  • 95% of seniors are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Majors and Minors
African/a Studies
Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Anthropology
Archeology
Art
Art – Studio
Art History
Biochemistry
Biology
Business Economics
Chemical Physics
Chemistry
Chinese Studies
Classical Studies
Communication
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Comparative Lit
Computer Science
East Asian Studies
Economics
Education
English
Environmental Science / Studies
Film Studies
French
Geology
German
Global and International Studies
History
Latin Am Studies
Math / Statistics
Middle Eastern & North African Studies
Molecular Biology
Music
Music Education
Music History & Literature
Music Performance
Music Theory & Composition
Music Therapy
Neuroscience
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Political Science
Pre Architecture
Pre Dentistry
Pre Law
Pre Engineering 3-2
Pre Forestry and Environmental Studies 3-2
Pre Med
Pre Seminary Studies
Pre Social Work 3-2
Psychology
Religious Studies
Russian
Sociology
South Asian Studies
Spanish
Theatre
Urban Studies
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Campus Life
  • 99% of Wooster students live on campus. Students may choose to live in one of Wooster’s 13 residence halls, various stuies and apartment-style residences, or one of 25 program houses.
  • NCAA Division III athletics, with 23 intercollegiate teams
  • More than 130 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

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III, North Coast Athletic Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey (Women)
Football (Men)
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Tennis
Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
More than 95% 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.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • 75% in the top quartile of their class
  • Average GPA: 3.7
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1180-1360
  • Middle 50% ACT: 24-30