Wooster, College of

Wooster College's Kauke Hall arch is integral to many campus traditions

“As I have gotten to know what [Wooster] accomplishes I can testify there is no better college in the country.
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College of Wooster
847 College Avenue
Wooster, Ohio 44691
330.263.2322 / 800.877.9905
⋅ 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: $52,100
⋅ Over 90% of Wooster students receive need-based or merit aid.
⋅ Average financial aid package: $32,626

Students walk across the Wooster College campus on an autumn day

A Wooster College student plays the bagpipes--a unique tradition on campus

An aerial view of the Wooster College campus

Wooster College students cheer at a football game

Wooster College students work in an art studio

  • 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.

Worth Noting
  • 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.

Faculty & Academics
  • 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.

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

African/a Studies
Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Art – Studio
Art History
Business Economics
Chemical Physics
Chinese Studies
Classical Studies
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Comparative Lit
Computer Science
East Asian Studies
Environmental Science / Studies
Exercise Science
Film Studies
History / Historic Preservation
International Relations
Latin Am Studies
Math / Statistics
Molecular Biology
Music Education
Music History & Literature
Music Performance
Music Theory & Composition
Music Therapy
Physical Education
Political Science
Pre Architecture
Pre Dentistry
Pre Law
Pre Engineering 3-2
Pre Forestry and Environmental Studies 3-2
Pre Med
Pre Nursing 3-2
Pre Seminary Studies
Pre Social Work 3-2
Religious Studies
South Asian Studies
Urban Studies
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Campus Life
  • 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

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III, North Coast Athletic Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Field Hockey (Women)
Football (Men)
Softball (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field (indoor and outdoor)
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
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.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • 75% in the top quartile of their class
  • Average GPA: 3.6
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1650-1940
  • Middle 50% ACT: 25-30