What Others Say
Since 2002, U.S. News 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.”
New York Times columnist Ron Lieber praises Wooster for its exceptional combination of quality faculty, affordability, and undergraduate research in his new book, The Price You Pay for College. Lieber devotes an entire chapter to answering How the College of Wooster Puts It All Together, highlighting Wooster’s up-front attitude in helping prospective students understand the financial package they will receive and the satisfaction students get from faculty mentorship.
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni recognizes the importance of mentors, writing, “But perhaps the most important relationships to invest in are those with members of the school’s faculty…the ones with a track record of serious mentoring – and then getting to know them well.” By senior year, every Wooster student has built such a relationship with at least one professor, and most have done so with three or more.
New York Times columnist Ron Lieber praised Wooster for its early aid estimator and test blind approach to merit aid. "Families could use more blunt talk, not to mention the kind of human intervention and transparency that Whitman and Wooster offer," Lieber says. Wooster, which is test optional, is also test blind when it comes to merit aid.
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. Watch the video >>
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.
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The Princeton Review's Best 382 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 10 in their Best Schools for Internships, Most Accessible Professors, and Students Study the Most lists, and also featured in Colleges That Pay You Back.
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."
In one of the newest set of U.S. college rankings, the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education placed Wooster among the top 20 percent of the 801 institutions it looked at nationally, and 25th out of 212 Midwest institutions. The WSJ/THE assessment “puts student success and learning at its heart,” utilizing 15 performance indicators grouped into four pillar categories: resources, engagement, outcomes, and environment.
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.