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 as one of the top 10 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.”
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.
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 Theatre 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 in recent years.
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, OHIO, is a city of 27,000 residents located just one hour south of Cleveland and 90 minutes north of Columbus, the state capital. Wooster boasts a strong, diversified economy; a downtown and uptown full of distinctive restaurants and shops; two major hospital systems, including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic; and many outdoor opportunities such as the city parks’ biking and hiking trails and nearby 1,000-acre Mohican State Park.
Type of SCHOOL: Wooster is a nationally ranked, independent, highly selective, residential liberal arts and sciences institution.
Size of Campus: 240 acres, including three libraries, 16 residence halls, a new athletic center featuring the largest solar roof on any US university, a golf course, and APEX (a renowned center for academic, internship, and career advising)
Number of Students: 2,000 full-time students; 54% women, 46% men; 20% domestic multiethnic students; 13% international
Number of Faculty: 173 full-time faculty members for an 11:1 student-faculty ratio and average class size of 18; 96% of faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field.
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education; over 50 programs of study with opportunities to double-major; pre-professional programs leading to degrees in Architecture, Business, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and other health professions; every Wooster student completes at least one major research project with a professor; 95% of students are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Geographic Diversity: Our spirited students represent 54 countries and 43 states; 37% are from Ohio.
International Student Services: Office of International Student Affairs, International Student Orientation, International Education Week, Intercultural Partner Program, Ambassadors Educational Program, a host family program, Writing Center and ESL tutoring, a summer English Engagement Seminar, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
International Student Budget: (2017–2018)
Room and Board$11,400
Books and Insurance$2,000
Financial Aid: Financial aid and scholarships for international students are based on academic achievement and financial need. The Certification of Finances form is required with the application for admission. Students applying for financial aid must also submit the International Student Financial Aid Application.
Test Score Requirements: Students are required to submit SAT and/or ACT scores as well as a TOEFL, IELTS, or other approved English test. TOEFL waivers are granted for students who achieve a score of at least 550 on the SAT Critical Reading section and for students from English-speaking countries. An English Engagement Seminar, offered prior to the fall semester, is an opportunity for students needing English improvement.
Application Deadlines and Fees:
Early Decision I: November 1
Early Action: November 15
Early Decision II: January 15
Regular Decision: February 15
There is no application fee with the Common Application at commonapp.org.
Areas of Study
• Africana Studies
• Art History
• Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
• Chemical Physics
• Chinese Studies
• Classical Studies
• Communication Sciences & Disorders
• Communication Studies
• Comparative Literature
• Computer Science
• Dance (Theatre & Dance)
• East Asian Studies
• Education (minor with teaching licensure)
• Environmental Studies (minor)
• Film Studies (minor)
• French & Francophone Studies
• German Studies
• Global and
• International Business Economics (minor)
• Latin American Studies (minor)
• Middle Eastern & North African Studies (minor)
• Music Education
• Music History & Literature
• Music Performance
• Music Theory & Composition
• Music Therapy
• Physical Education (minor)
• Political Science
• Religious Studies
• Russian Studies
• South Asian Studies (minor)
• Student-Designed Major
• Theatre & Dance
• Urban Studies
• Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
• Forestry & Environmental Studies
• Polymer Science
• Social Work
Pre-professional Advising Programs
• Forestry & Environmental Studies
• Medicine & Health
- Physical Therapy
- Physician Assistant
- Public Health
• Peace Corps Prep
• Seminary Studies
• Social Work