Wooster and Princeton, together again for the 16th straight year

"Stellar" undergraduate research and senior capstone programs spotlighted

12 September, 2017 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER – Each year since 2002, the editors of U.S. News & World Report have asked college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of admission, and deans of students to identify colleges with “stellar examples” of eight programs that the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and other education experts, agree are critical to student success. And each year since 2002, Wooster has been singled out in two of those eight categories, undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone programs. Only one other school can make that same claim: Princeton University.

The latest results appear in the 2018 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released online today.

U.S. News also lauded Wooster for having one of the most international student bodies of any national liberal arts college. Eleven percent of Wooster’s students are international; more than Amherst, Carleton, Middlebury, Oberlin, or Denison.

Overall, Wooster was ranked number 63 among 229 national liberal arts colleges, one of four Ohio schools in the top 65, along with Oberlin and Kenyon (tied at 26), and Denison (46).

The U.S. News editors also included Wooster again in their list of “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” which they describe as great colleges “where non-superstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving – where spirit and hard work could make all the difference to the admissions office.”

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. By working one-on-one with a faculty adviser to conceive, organize, and complete an original research project, written work, performance or art exhibit, every Wooster student develops independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.