The Strategic Plan for The College of Wooster

Wooster’s promise is timeless and powerful. But the world our students will enter is changing extraordinarily fast in ways that profoundly affect how we learn, think, work, and connect. To meet our mission for the future—to prepare students to make an outsize impact in their communities and to address the most important challenges of the coming decades—we need to evolve.

The challenges of the future will certainly demand the learning that comes through the liberal arts and independent study, but they will also require collaborative work of groups with diverse perspectives and the ability to synthesize multiple ways of approaching a question. Connection across disciplines, individuals, teams, cultures, and differences will be more important than ever.

We are excited to launch Connect, Create, Discover, a new strategic plan for Wooster.

The Strategic Framework is the result of over two years of conversations including students, staff, faculty, retirees, and Board members. Several themes emerged for strengthening the College’s position in an increasingly competitive environment. These themes were tested by research and refined. We have identified a path that will allow the College to thrive in the future, while remaining fully committed to the principles that guide the College’s mission.

— Tom Tierney, Chair of the Strategic Planning and Priorities Advisory Committee and Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Our Progress

Kauke Hall

Wooster again ranks high for international student enrollment

The College of Wooster is once again considered one of the “Leading Institutions for International Students,” ranking No. 24 among colleges and universities in […]

New Student Center Entrance

Wooster announces renovation plan for new Student Center

The College of Wooster has announced that it is moving toward a major renovation and transformation of the campus’s Lowry Center. The project will […]

Students had extra time between classes this fall to walk from class to class.

Wooster among ‘leading institutions’ for international students nationally

International enrollment at The College of Wooster remains strong amid challenges of pandemic

Priorities for Your Support

We invite you to join with us as we implement our new strategic plan, whether as a volunteer or through annual support for key initiatives as part of The Wooster Fund or investing in endowment and capital priorities. Please contact the Office of Development at 330-263-2325 or or visit our website for more information.

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Areas of Focus


Create a vibrant, welcoming and strongly-woven campus community which supports learning, thriving, wellness, and fun.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Grow our internationality, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Academic Excellence & Innovation

Build on our history of excellence in the liberal arts and support strategic new academic pathways and connections.

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Connected Learning

Deepen and make more universal connections between learning in the classroom and engagement with the campus, local community, and the world.

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