The College of Wooster is small, personable “tight-knit community” that offers “a truly stellar education” to those who attend. Mentoring is a huge focal point of Wooster’s academics, and the “resources are endless” for those looking to take advantage of things like “numerous opportunities for research and internships.” Independent study is a highlight of the undergraduate experience, and the school “teaches research and how to apply skills learned to the outside world.” This “very open school” challenges its student to succeed both in and out of the classroom, and “the staff pushes [the college] to change with the times in the classroom and around the campus.”

Overview

Applicants
5,497
Acceptance Rate
59%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

38%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 650
SAT Math
560 - 670
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

The College of Wooster is small, personable “tight-knit community” that offers “a truly stellar education” to those who attend. Mentoring is a huge focal point of Wooster’s academics, and the “resources are endless” for those looking to take advantage of things like “numerous opportunities for research and internships.” Independent study is a highlight of the undergraduate experience, and the school “teaches research and how to apply skills learned to the outside world.” This “very open school” challenges its student to succeed both in and out of the classroom, and “the staff pushes [the college] to change with the times in the classroom and around the campus.”

Professors at Wooster are “hidden gems” who are all “very passionate about their subjects” and their goal “to shape their students into lifelong learners.” “It’s as if your professor is your colleague on your quest for eternal knowledge,” says a freshman. These intimate ties between student and professor are “what makes Wooster such an incredible place.” “My professors, both past and present, know more than just my name,” says a student. “My success is a product of my professor’s enthusiasm towards their subject matter and our futures,” says another. The work may be “challenging,” but it “teaches students how to write exceptionally,” and there is “plenty of help from professors, TAs, [and] peer tutoring.” “Collaborative work and experience” are stressed, and classes are set up “in a way that allows people to learn from their peers as well as their professors.”

Research plays a “huge” role at Wooster, especially with senior year Independent Study, when students are given the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor on a project in any topic they are passionate about—and “they can do so much with it.” The institution is also aware of the effort that students must put in to have success and “is realistic in its expectations for students’ learning.” “Wooster is a community of learners working together to help one another reach their full potential and goals,” says a sophomore chemistry major.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11.8:1
Total Faculty
217
with Terminal Degree
187

110
Women
107
Men
29
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
93%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Timothy Smucker
C.E.O., The J.M. Smucker Co.

Susan Stranahan
Pulitzer Prize winner, The Philadelphia Inquirerr

Helen Murray Free
Member, The National Inventors' Hall of Fame

J.C. Chandor
Writer & Firm Director

Duncan Jones
Film Director

Vince Cellini
Sports Anchor, CNN-Sports Illustrated

Donald Kohn
Vice Chairman, Federal Reserve (retired)

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
92
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,163

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,657

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,872

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,506

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,383

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,920
Required Fees
$430
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$150

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

“The life force of this school is really our fantastic student body,” says a student. This “unparalleled” community is made up of “quite a range of people,” but most are “quirky,” “friendly,” “open-minded,” and “liberal.” It’s also a “very involved” student body (“school spirit is huge at Wooster”), so a typical COW kid “tends to be in a hodgepodge of sports, clubs, music groups, etc. that suit their fancy.” There are “very few social cliques” and everyone is friendly and “willing to interact with one another.” Students here are “very accepting of different personalities, beliefs, and ways of life.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,066
Out of State
61%

International
9%
Foreign Countries Represented
39

Demographics

1.33%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
4.84%
Asian
8.45%
African-American
5.05%
Hispanic
76.57%
Caucasian
3.72%
Unknown
8.87%
International

55% female
45% male
61% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

“The character of the campus community is friendly beyond measure” at this “dazzling” campus. People are usually “busy in the library doing homework or working on their Independent Studies,” but everyone finds time for (typically multiple) extracurriculars, which “run the gamut of recreational pastimes.” “We have just as many students in our music ensembles as we do that play sports,” says a student. People enjoy using the weekends to relieve the stress of a rigorous academic schedule, and the majority enjoy “social drinking” at the fraternity or program houses, or going to the on-campus club called “the Underground” on Friday nights.

For those who choose not to party, there are “many other recreational activities for those who are not in sports or who do not enjoy drinking,” and the college “is very good at bringing in entertainment,” such as “comedians, professional music artists, and forum speakers which are all free to students .” A student run weekly flyer, The Pot, helps “keep students up to date on all of the campus events happening.” A lot of the time, though, “students will just hang out together and relax.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
99%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
90
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
75

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
145
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
8

15% join a fraternity
21% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Fighting Scots)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Fighting Scots)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
35

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computer Lenovo Computer

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Melanie Schultz
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
847 College Ave
Wooster, OH 44691

Phone
8008779905

Email
admissions@wooster.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Kauke Hall
Scot Center
Timken Science Library
Ebert Art Center
Babcock Hall/Center for Diversity & Global Engagement
Gault Manor (residence hall) Burton D. Morgan Hall Severance Hall (Chemistry)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland
Inventure Place (National Inventor's Hall of Fame)
Professional Football Hall of Fame, Canton
Professional Sports Teams: Browns (football)
Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays in September-May
8am-5pm and 8am-noon
8008779905

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: On the hour
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri (acad yr) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@wooster.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Not available during vacations or during last 2 weeks of a term

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Cleveland-Hopkins Airport is 55 miles from campus. A college shuttle is available if arranged in advance through the admissions office.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The college is near the intersection of U.S. Rte. 30 and Ohio Rte. 83. From the south, take I-71 N.; exit to U.S. 30 E. (east of Mansfield) and continue to Ohio Rte. 83 in Wooster. Or, take I-77 N. to U.S. 250 N.W. to Wooster. From the north, take I-71 S. to Ohio Rte. 83 S. Or, take I-77 S. to Ohio Rte. 21 S. Then take Ohio Rte. 585 S.W. to Wooster. From the east or west, take I-76 to Ohio Rte. 3 S. to Wooster. Or, take I-76 to Ohio Rte. 21 S.; then take Rte. 585 S.W. to Wooster.

Local Accommodations
If you fly into Cleveland a 45-minute drive from The College of Wooster you may be tempted to stay the night in Cleveland and push off in the morning for the campus. Don't do it! You'll miss the chance to stay at some very nice places in and around Wooster. The perfect choice for visiting the college is the Wooster Inn (801 E. Wayne Ave.; 330-264-2341. It's just 2 blocks from campus, and the college's athletic facilities, including a golf course, are available to guests at the inn. Rates are moderate and include a full breakfast. For a pleasant and inexpensive bed-and-breakfast within walking distance (5 blocks) of the college, try the Gasche House (340 North Bever Street; 330-264-8231). This is a beautifully restored 141-year-old Victorian, with four-poster beds and period furniture. The price includes a continental breakfast. If you are not a bed-and-breakfast type, but want an inexpensive place to stay in Wooster, try the Econo Lodge (2137 Lincoln Way East; 330-264-8883).
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Key Stats

5,497
Applicants
2,066
Size
59%
Acceptance Rate
1210
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists