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Undergrad Profile

America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research

Since 2002 U.S.News & World Report has asked college presidents and deans which colleges provide the best undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone programs. Only two have made both lists every year: Wooster and Princeton University. 

They also rank Wooster one of the top 20 liberal arts colleges in America where “the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”

The Fiske Guide to Colleges says, “The College of Wooster is nationally recognized for its commitment to independent study [its senior mentored research project] and its international focus.”

And Colleges That Change Lives notes that “unlike many places, where opportunities to conduct research are exclusive to the top performers, Wooster sets the standard high for everyone . . .”

Mentored research
Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts and sciences education, culminating in a rigorous senior project in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize, and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing.   

Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: initiative, self-confidence, independent judgment, creative problem solving, and strong written and oral communication skills.

The College’s center for integrated academic and career advising, planning, and experiential learning—APEX—helps students explore and connects them with internship, research, and entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as graduate fellowships and scholarships.

Distinctive spirit
Almost a third of Wooster’s students play intercollegiate athletics, a third perform in at least one musical group, and a quarter are involved in theatre and the arts. They will pack the theatre to see a campus production of Nocturne, which won top honors at the American College Theater Festival, and fill the gym to cheer on a men’s basketball team that has gone to the NCAA Division III Final Four three times since 2003.

You may find 1,000 people turning up at Homecoming to watch a cricket match between students and local community members, or kilted bagpipers appearing where you least expect them to perform a RAP—a Random Act of Piping.




Wooster by the numbers
Students: 2,067

Student-faculty ratio: 11:1

States represented: 45

Countries represented: 44

Multicultural diversity: 29%

Faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree: 96%

Students who live on campus: 99%

Graduates employed or in grad school within six months: 90%

Location: Wooster, Ohio (population 26,000), just one hour south of Cleveland and 90 minutes north of Columbus

Areas of Study
• Africana Studies
• Anthropology
• Archaeology
• Art History
• Art—Studio
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Biology
• Business Economics
• Chemical Physics
• Chemistry
• Chinese Studies
• Classical Studies
• Communication Sciences & Disorders
• Communication Studies
• Comparative Literature
• Computer Science
• Dance (Theatre & Dance)
• East Asian Studies
• Economics
• Education (minor with teaching licensure)
• English
• Environmental Studies (minor)
• Film Studies (minor)
• French & Francophone Studies
• Geology

• German Studies
• History
• International Business Economics (minor)
• International Relations
• Latin American Studies (minor)
• Mathematics
• Middle Eastern & North African Studies (minor)
• Music
• Music Education
• Music History & Literature
• Music Performance
• Music Theory & Composition
• Music Therapy
• Neuroscience
• Philosophy
• Physical Education (minor)
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Religious Studies
• Russian Studies
• Sociology
• South Asian Studies (minor)
• Spanish
• Student-Designed Major
• Theatre & Dance
• Urban Studies
• Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Dual-Degree Programs
• Architecture
• Business
• Dentistry
• Engineering
• Forestry & Environmental Studies
• Nursing
• Polymer Science
• Social Work

Pre-professional Advising Programs
• Architecture
• Business
• Engineering
• Forestry & Environmental Studies
• Law
• Medicine & Health Professions
- Dentistry
- Medicine
- Nursing
- Optometry
- Pharmacy
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant
- Public Health
- Veterinary

• Peace Corps Prep
• Seminary Studies
• Social Work