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 48 states and 75 countries.
⋅ 24% identify as domestic students of color, 17% are international.
⋅ 69% of students are non-Ohio, and 31% are in-state.
⋅ 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio; 77% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
⋅ Comprehensive Fee: $73,550
⋅ Over 85% of Wooster students receive need-based or merit aid.
⋅ Average award for students applying for financial aid is over $50,000.

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a student stands on a chair to write on a whiteboard

females students hold flags from different countries on a stage

two male players wearing Wooster athletic uniforms are standing on an athletic field

A peacefully shot of Kauke Arch following a winter snowfall.

  • The College of Wooster is the nation’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research and the most internationalized campus in Ohio.
  • 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 20 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 20 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.
  • The Princeton Review ranks The College of Wooster #11 in the nation for “Best Schools for Internships” and notes Wooster’s emphasis on mentored research and generous opportunities for research and internships. Wooster was also included in the top-30 schools for “Great Professor Accessibility,” “Students Study the Most,” “Great Race/Class Interaction,” and “Best Schools for Making an Impact.”
  • Seventeen percent of the student body is international, from almost 70 countries, making The College of Wooster the most internationalized campus in Ohio.
  • The City of Wooster ranks in the Top 15 of 543 micropolitan areas in the U.S. by Policom – a measure of Economic Strength that looks at the long-term tendency for an area to consistently grow in both size and quality.

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, Bachelor of Music Therapy, and Bachelor of Music Education
  • Over 100 academic programs and areas of study, including pre-professional programs and teacher licensure in multiple areas.
  • In the last several years, over 40 articles co-authored by students and faculty members have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • 96% of seniors are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
  • 91% of graduates are accepted into their top-choice graduate program.
  • Pathway programs allow students to bring together academic interests, hands-on experiences, and career exploration for credit. These optional, interdisciplinary programs offer flexible and personalized ways to learn more about a field of interest, gain related experience and skills, and connect with experts.  Examples include Entrepreneurship, Public Health and Activism & Social Change.

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

Majors and Minors
African/a Studies
Art – Studio
Art History
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Business Economics
Chemical Physics
Chinese Studies
Classical Studies
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Comparative Lit
Computer Science
Earth Sciences
East Asian Studies
Environmental Geoscience
Environmental Studies
Global and International Studies
Global Media and Digital Studies
International Business Economics
Latin Am Studies
Middle Eastern & North African Studies
Music Education
Music Therapy
Physical Education
Political Science
Pre Architecture
Pre Dentistry
Pre Law
Pre Engineering 3-2
Pre Med
Religious Studies
South Asian Studies
Statistical and Data Sciences
Theatre and Dance
Urban Studies
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Activism & Social Change
Data Exploration & Communication
Digital & Visual Storytelling
Environmental Communication & Action
Global Impacts
Museum & Archival Studies
Public Health

Campus Life
  • 99% of Wooster students live on campus. Students may choose to live in one of Wooster’s 14 residence halls, various suites and apartment-style residences, or one of 33 program houses.
  • NCAA Division III athletics, with 23 intercollegiate teams
  • More than 120 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.
  • Nearly 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 96% 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
  • 73% in the top quartile of their class
  • Average GPA: 3.7
  • Middle 50% SAT: 1250-1410
  • Middle 50% ACT: 26-32