College of Wooster named a Best Value College for 2024 by The Princeton Review

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The College of Wooster has again been named a Best Value College by The Princeton Review. The distinction, based on academics, affordability, and career preparation, recognizes Wooster students’ return on investment and places Wooster among only 8% of the nation’s four-year undergraduate institutions. Wooster provides a comprehensive liberal arts education where students hone skills sought after by employers and graduate schools including independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project and time management, and strong written and oral communication.

In addition to being named a Best Value College, Wooster also ranked No. 15 on the list for Top 20 Best Schools for Internships (Private Schools) for connecting its students with experiential learning opportunities. Based on students’ ratings of accessibility of internship placement at their school, Wooster was the only school in Ohio receiving this distinction. The Princeton Review’s profile of the College quotes surveyed students who said, “the ‘resources are endless’ for those looking to take advantage of things like ‘numerous opportunities for research and internships.’”

Students at Wooster also noted the value of the Independent Study program in developing skills that support their vocation after Wooster. The publication added, “‘It’s as if your professor is your colleague on your quest for eternal knowledge,’ says a [first-year] student. These intimate ties between student and professor are ‘what makes Wooster such an incredible place.’” Further, students recognized Wooster as a community of learning, noting that “‘Collaborative work and experience’ are stressed, and classes are set up ‘in a way that allows people to learn from their peers as well as their professors.’”

Wooster has appeared on the “Best Value Colleges” list multiple times since it was first published in 2004. The Princeton Review chose 209 schools for the 2024 list based on data from its surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges, surveys of students attending the schools, and data from PayScale.com’s surveys of alumni about their starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction. In all, ratings were based on more than 40 data points related to academics, affordability, and career preparation. The Princeton Review is also known for its other college rankings in dozens of categories, many of which are reported in its annual book, The Best Colleges, published in August.

Posted in News on June 27, 2024.