What Others Say
Since 2002, U.S. News & World Report has asked college presidents, provosts, and deans to nominate schools with outstanding undergraduate research opportunities and stellar senior capstone projects. Only two schools have been named to both lists every year: Wooster and Princeton.
Loren Pope, founder of Colleges That Change Lives, called The College of Wooster “my original best-kept secret in higher education…I
can testify that there is no better college in the country.”
In the largest-ever survey of 30,000 college graduates, Gallup found that having a mentor in college and working on a long-term project were two
of the most powerful factors linked to having "great jobs and great lives" after graduation. "The value that The College of Wooster has placed on mentoring,
on applied learning, on project based learning," said Brandon Busteed, executive director
of Gallup Education, "all those things, according to our research at least, are exactly
what should be happening."
When one of the most influential national voices on American higher education wanted to single out a half-dozen colleges with genuinely transformative educational programs, they turned a spotlight on mentored student research at Wooster.
The Princeton Review's Best 381 Colleges says, "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." Wooster is ranked in the top 20 in three categories: Best Athletic Facilities, Students Study the Most, and Most Politically Active Students. Their Guide to Green Colleges notes that "Wooster takes seriously its opportunity to structure college life in 'ways that foster informed choices and promote the ideals of sound environmental stewardship.'" And their newest publication, Colleges That Pay You Back, includes Wooster in a select group of schools “that all share three exceptional features: stellar academics, affordable cost…and strong career prospects for graduates.”
The Fiske Guide to Colleges says "Instead of teaching students what to think, the College of Wooster focuses on teaching students how to think. From the first courses of the freshman year seminar to the final day when seniors hand in their hard-won theses, the college paves each student’s path to independence…The one-to-one attention from faculty makes Wooster an intellectual refuge in the rural countryside of Ohio."
Kiplinger's ranks Wooster one of its Best Value liberal arts colleges. According to editor Janet Bodnar, "Balancing top quality education
with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today's economy…The schools on
the list offer students the best of both worlds." Wooster's generous financial aid,
admissions selectivity, and graduation rates make it one of the nation's best values.
Wooster's merit scholarships reward your hard work and academic achievement. In fact,
Money magazine ranks Wooster number 10 on its list of the 20 best private colleges for merit aid.
High school guidance counselors from around the country identified Wooster as one of the nation's outstanding private colleges that often "fly under the radar" in Parade magazine's College A-List. "A great deal is expected of Wooster students," the magazine noted. "They take a challenging academic program and are required to complete a thesis or project to graduate. Their acceptance rate to all graduate programs is far above average."