College of Wooster

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.
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College of Wooster
847 College Avenue
Wooster, Ohio 44691
330.263.2322 / 800.877.9905
⋅ Approximately 2,000 students
⋅ Students hail from 43 states and 56 countries.
⋅ 20% identify as domestic students of color, and 15% are international.
⋅ 69% of students are non-Ohio, and 31% are in-state,
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio; 77% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
⋅ Comprehensive Fee: $62,100
⋅ Over 80% of Wooster students receive need-based or merit aid.
⋅ Average award for students applying for financial aid is nearly $44,000.

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 and professor meet together

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.

  • 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 17 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 17 years: The College of Wooster and Princeton University.
  • Independent Study (I.S.) is the most distinctive feature of Wooster’s curriculum. For more than 70 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
Art – Studio
Art History
Business Economics
Chemical Physics
Chinese Studies
Classical Studies
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Comparative Lit
Computer Science
East Asian Studies
Environmental Geoscience
Environmental Studies
Film Studies
Global and International Studies
Latin Am Studies
Math / Statistics
Middle Eastern & North African Studies
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 Seminary Studies
Pre Social Work 3-2
Religious Studies
South Asian Studies
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 15 residence halls, various suites and apartment-style residences, or one of 33 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.
  • Over two thirds of Wooster students study off-campus, with programs available in over 60 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 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: 1150-1360
  • Middle 50% ACT: 25-31