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The College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

The College of Wooster, founded in 1866, is an independent liberal arts college with an innovative curriculum that emphasizes independent learning. Its 240-acre campus is located in Wooster, OH, 55 miles southwest of Cleveland.

School Profiles: Undergrad International

The College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

Wooster and Princeton, together again!

LOCATION

WOOSTER, OHIO, is a city of 30,000 located outside 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. 


AT A GLANCE

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 golf course, a new state-of-the-art life sciences building, and APEX (a renowned center for academic, internship, and career advising)

Number of Students: 2,000 full-time students; 53% women, 47% men; 22% US multi-ethnic students; 16% international (making Wooster 19th in the nation and first in Ohio for the most international students)

Number of Faculty: 173 full-time faculty members for an 11:1 student-faculty ratio and average class size of 18 students; 96% of faculty holding 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 that lead 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 61 countries and 45 states; 28% are from Ohio.

International Student Services: Office of International Student Affairs, International Student Orientation, International Education Week, Intercultural Partner Program, Ambassadors Educational Program, host family program, Writing Center and ESL tutoring, summer English Engagement Seminar, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

International Student Budget: (2019–2020)
Tuition: $52,000
Room and Board: $12,250
Books and Insurance: $2,500
Total: $66,750

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: Wooster is text flexible. Choose from the following options:
• Submit scores from the ACT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo. Students may prove their English proficiency by scoring a minimum of 80 on the web-based TOEFL (iBT), a 6 on the IELTS, a 24 in Reading on the ACT, or a 570 in EBRW on the SAT.
• Request a test waiver and submit either IB-predicted grades or three AP exam scores.

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 App or the Coalition Application (commonapp.org or mycoalition.org).

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: the College of Wooster and Princeton University. U.S. News & World Report also ranks 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.”

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

The College’s center for academic and career advising—APEX—helps students explore and connects them with internship, research, and entrepreneurial opportunities as well as graduate fellowships and scholarships. It’s why The Princeton Review ranks Wooster in the top 10 for “Best Private Schools for Internships.”

Distinctive spirit
Almost a third of Wooster’s students play intercollegiate athletics, a thirdperform in at least one musical group, and a quarter are involved in theatre and the arts. They 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 or kilted bagpipers appearing where you least expect them to perform a RAP—a Random Act of Piping.

Areas of Study
• Africana Studies
• Anthropology
• Archaeology
• Art—Studio
• Art History
• 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
• English
• Environmental Geosciences
• Environmental Studies
• Film Studies (minor)
• French & Francophone Studies
• Geology
• German Studies
• Global & International Studies
• Global Media & Digital Studies
• History
• International Business Economics (minor)
• 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
• Statistical & Data Sciences
• Student-Designed Major
• Theatre & Dance
• Urban Studies
• Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Dual-Degree Programs

• Business
• Dentistry
• Engineering
• Forestry & Environmental Studies
• Polymer Science
• Social Work

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

• Peace Corps Prep
• Seminary Studies
• Social Work