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Academics

The College of Wooster in Ohio is a 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 students 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 professors' 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.

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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."

Overview

Applicants
5,615
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average HS GPA
3.68

GPA Breakdown

49%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 700
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Decision II — January 15

Early Action — November 15

Regular — February 15


Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.87:1
Total Faculty
212
with Terminal Degree
180

108
Women
104
Men
32
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
70%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.


  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.


  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.


  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.


  • EDUCATION.


  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.


  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.


  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.


  • HISTORY.


  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.


  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.


  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.


  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.


  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.


  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.



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

Notable Faculty


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)

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
70%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$45,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$87,500

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$48,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$91,300

Percent High Job Meaning
52%

Percent STEM
28%


Students Say

Wooster's “outstanding” career services truly helps students prepare for their post graduate life. From the moment undergrads set foot on campus, they can visit APEX, Wooster's center for Advising, Planning, and Experiential Learning, to begin exploring where certain majors might lead. As they ready themselves for their job and internship hunts, students can receive one-on-one advice on resume writing, interviews and more. APEX also hosts numerous events and workshops throughout the year. These frequently include information sessions with various companies (City Year and Urban Teachers to name a few) as well as local entrepreneurs. And students eyeing careers in medicine or law can take advantage of programs that help them plan and prep for their graduate school applications.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,309

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,621

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,017

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,053

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,974

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,160
Required Fees
$440
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,400
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,980
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

1.12%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
5.16%
Asian
8.73%
African-American
5.10%
Hispanic
65.85%
Caucasian
1.12%
Unknown
12.91%
International

55% female
45% male
63% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban

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
120
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
8

14% join a fraternity
17% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

26% participate in intercollegiate sports

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


Sustainability

The College of Wooster was once dubbed the “original best-kept secret in higher education,” but when it comes to its sustainability achievements, there’s no reason to keep quiet. Wooster takes seriously its opportunity to structure college life in “ways that foster informed choices and promote the ideals of sound environmental stewardship.” The crown jewel of Wooster’s green efforts is the Scot Center, an awe-inspiring 123,000- square-foot facility that recently earned LEED Gold certification for its sustainable and energy-efficient design and construction. It boasts a 20,000-square-foot solar array, the largest of any college facility in the United States! Incredibly, the array produces 284,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, enough to fully power one of the college’s residence halls. Impressive as the Scot Center is, Wooster’s green building is no one-hit wonder. It recently completed a $5 million dollar Energy Performance Contract, which reduced the college's carbon footprint by 36 percent through lighting and water conservation, building automation system upgrades, and the installation of two new electric chillers and a steam condenser. Dining halls, a coffee bar, and a convenience store offer products from local area farmers; single-stream recycling permeates the campus; and Goodwill donation bins are placed in each dorm. Eco-friendly transportation is offered through the Bike Club (a student-run rental program), Wooster Hospitality Transit (a local bus system through which students, faculty, and staff receive free fare), and Wooster Rideshare. An environmental studies minor includes core courses like environmental analysis and action, as well as a selection of related courses in departments such as economics, psychology, and even religious studies. “Independent Minds, Working Together” is the calling at the College of Wooster, so why not work together to create a sustainable world?

79/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computer Hewlett Packard Computer

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Melanie Schultz
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Admissions Office
847 College Ave
Wooster, OH 44691

Phone
330-263-2322

Email
admissions@wooster.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Kauke Hall
Scot Center
Timken Science Library
Ebert Art Center
Lowry Center
Gault Schoolhouse (residence hall) 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
330-263-2322

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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