Location
Wooster, OH
Undergrads
2,043
Tuition
$38,290
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Most campus spaces have been renovated in some way semi-recently. There are great study spaces in every academic building. We have three library spaces, which offer more places to get work done. The lawn in front of Kauke Hall becomes a popular spot when the weather gets nicer, as well as the residential quad. The concerts held in the fall and in the spring bring in some upcoming artists and have fun activities and plenty of free food. There are many activities, like lectures, discussion boards, volunteer work, and field trips, offered throughout the year that anyone can take part in.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our curriculum is centered around strong writing and analytical skills. Freshmen year, you take a First-Year Seminar, which begins honing your writing skills. Then you take a writing intensive course in your major your sophomore year, which prepares you for Junior I.S. This lets you start to practice your research and writing skills that you will then apply to complete your Senior I.S., a year-long project you work on with excellent feedback and help from your advisor, a professor in your department. Our small classes foster academic growth, as well as increase discussion and promote attendance in every class. You can't hide and fall under the radar. We also have great "Wooster In" programs that allow students to study abroad during spring break or the summer if they are unable to do so for a whole semester.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If considering the size of our school, our party scene is pretty good. There is at least one or two open parties every weekend, if you so desire to be a part of that. They are all on campus, which has both positive and negative aspects. Campus security generally shows up more than Wooster police, which is good. If you are underage, you can go to any of the parties as well. Often, COW cards are checked at the door and your hands are marked if you are underage. New party rules on campus require party monitors to be at every party and every party to submit a form stating when the party will take place. There aren't really any options to go off campus, other than Leroy's, which only people 21 and over can really go to.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: In comparison to other schools, I think our campus is pretty lenient. Campus security generally won't blink an eye if you have been drinking, as long as you aren't belligerent and/or holding a bottle in your hand. Drug laws in Ohio are less strict than in other states. Having visitors in your room is not an issue at all. There's no "registering" guests or monitoring if there are people of a different gender in your hall. It's never been a problem, really more of a convenience if you want to study with a friend of the opposite sex or have a friend from home stay the night.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I was extremely indecisive in choosing what school I would attend, but as soon as I began at Wooster, I knew this was where I belong. Sometimes I feel like I talk too much about how great it is here. I know it has its flaws, but everywhere does. It's really what you make of it. The compassion of the professors and all staff and employees really is what sets Wooster apart from other places. It really is the people here that make it a great experience.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: It's not necessary to bring your own laptop, but it is definitely convenient. We do have one 24-hour computer lab with printers, if needed. The network does have its flaws, but with talking with friends from other schools, ours seems to be pretty fast and reliable. Printing is the easiest thing ever and something I am very thankful Wooster provides for us. We just print to our ID card and swipe at whatever printer we want our document to print from. You do not need to bring a printer to campus; it would be a waste of money.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: I mean, it's Ohio, so you can't expect fantastic weather all of the time. We are in the Midwest, so we get all four seasons, so it is a pain sometimes, but really nice other times.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Between local dining downtown and chain restaurants in North End, there are plenty of options. Downtown is within walking distance on a nice day, including some fast-food joints along the way. There are more inexpensive local dining options as well as some more fancy options. North End has your more familiar restaurants, like Buffalo Wild Wings (which has a GREAT Wooster student discount), Chipotle, Applebee's, and Little Caesar's.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have local Greek groups, so they aren't associated with a national chapter. The groups pretty much run the weekend party scene, but everyone is generally invited and I have never felt uncomfortable not being a part of Greek life and attending the parties. They used to have houses on campus, but next year they will be moving them back into different sections of a dorm.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Our campus is small, so there really isn't a need for on-campus transportation, other than if you have an injury. The public transportation bus system is actually very nice, much nicer than I thought it would be. It stops at Lowry about every hour and has several stops downtown and on the North End, where Walmart, the movie theater, and many restaurants are.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Attendance at sporting events could definitely be better, especially for our men's basketball team. We have a general support of our school, but not as much school spirit at games. We do have our new Scot Center, which has really nice workout rooms and a track for both athletes and non-athletes. The lobby is so nice I sometimes even study there!

College Sophomore

Majors: All freshmen enter as undecided, and are able to declare a major in any department without difficulty or an "application." You just need your advisor's and the chair of the major department's signatures and you're good to go!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I ended up switching my career path, so when I declared my major, it was kind of a big step for me. It really was a great experience for me. The chair of the department is now my advisor, and he's great. Him along with another professor in the department wished me luck. When I turned in my major declaration form in APEX, the lady at the desk along with one of the deans congratulated me and wished me luck. I have only felt the greatest of support so far in whatever I wish to do.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: We have a four-year residency requirement. Very few people are able to live off campus. Because of recent larger class sizes, however; there are more seniors able to apply to live off campus. Overall, it's more convenient to live on campus anyways.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe walking around campus. It's generally well-lit and people are usually around. Security makes its rounds throughout campus pretty consistently.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall campus housing is great! The freshman roommate selection process is a little bit of a joke, as it is entirely decided upon your Myers-Briggs personality test results. If you don't get along with your roommate (as was my situation) they only let you consider moving in with other people who have the same "compatible" personality type as the person you didn't get a long with. Most of the dorms are spacious and fairly well maintained. The best part about campus housing is the sense of community. Chances are you'll become best friends with the people from your hall during your first year. Since everyone lives on campus it's super easy to hang out on weekends and be close to everyone! Nothing is more than a seven minute walk, from even the farthest halls, which is super nice.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The library has both Mac and PC computers you can loan if need be. There are also computer labs in the library, the Wired Scot, and Taylor Hall. The internet is alright if you use an ethernet cable for downloads or streaming.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Security's alright. You'll always see them zipping around campus, but they seem to care more about keeping kids from climbing trees or playing in the fountains than doing anything about quiet hour violations or noise complaints. They're always there in a flash if you lock yourself out of your room though!

College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not personally apart of Greek life, and don't know much about the process. None of the Greek groups at Wooster are nationally affiliated, and only about 15% of students choose to participate. For the past few years the Greek groups have lived in campus owned housing, but affective next year, they will be moving back into assigned sections of one of the dorms that currently houses first year students.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Knowing your major doesn't matter until about a month into the spring of your sophomore year! The hardest part about declaring a major is being able to catch the head of your chosen department to sign your form!

5 College Freshman

Majors: I LOVE the CSD program! All of the professors are AMAZING! They really know what they are talking about, and are super eager to help students when needed. They genuinely care about their students and know them both in and out of the classroom.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's Ohio...what do you expect?

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We have a student group of first responders, as well as a wellness center, and security service, though many students (especially underage students) are hesitant to use these services for fear of getting into trouble with the school.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There aren't a ton of incredibly attractive people here, but looks aren't everything! All Wooster students are incredibly friendly, and you'll come to know people just because you end up in line for lunch together at the same time every day! It's so easy to meet new people on campus! Legend has it that most Wooster students meet their future spouse here...

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College Freshman

Nightlife: I know there are parties that go on, and a lot of people enjoy them, but I've never gone to a party here! I prefer to spend time with my friends ordering take out, watching movies, and relaxing on the weekends!

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Hannah Diorio-Toth
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
English
Grad Year
2011
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Wooster may not be perfect. But although there are aspects of the school that students wish they could change, most say that overall they couldn’t see themselves at any other college. They say the combination of its small size and involved campus community provides an atmosphere that makes them happy to call Wooster their home. Learning transcends beyond the classroom, and professors treat students as a person, not a number.

Wooster, Ohio is obviously not a glamorous destination spot, but the College of Wooster is much more than just where it is located. Instead, the memories you make and friendships you gain are what are important. And decades after graduating, alumni love to see the familiar cornfields and cows, reminding them of their college days at Wooster.

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