Independent Minds, Working Together

Why Wooster

Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research.

Why should you care? Because Wooster students’ research experiences help them develop abilities prized by employers and graduate schools alike: critical thinking, independent judgment, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, self-confidence, and strong written and oral communication skills.

Students can begin working with faculty on research in their first year at Wooster. The Applied Mathematics Research Program, Sophomore Research Program, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Scholars program provide opportunities for hundreds of students every year.

Then in senior year, each Wooster student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, plan and complete a significant piece of original research, scholarship, or creative expression, in a capstone program called I.S.

The results speak for themselves:

  • Six months after graduation, more than 90% of Wooster graduates are employed or in graduate school.
  • Wooster ranks 29th overall among liberal arts colleges whose graduates go on to earn a Ph.D., sixth in chemistry, ninth in physical sciences, 15th in political science and public administration, and 18th in history.

Maybe that's why, every year since 2002, when U.S. News & World Report has asked college presidents and deans to name schools with outstanding undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone programs, only two schools have made both lists every year: Wooster and Princeton.

There's a distinctive sense of spirit.

Spend some time on Wooster's campus and you can't help but notice that there's a distinctive spirit here.

And a vibrant local community.

The city of Wooster is a community of 26,000 with a strong, diversified economy, a downtown full of great restaurants and shops, national favorites like Chipotle, Starbucks, and Panera, and much more.