Academics

Location
Wooster, OH
Undergrads
2,043
Tuition
$38,290
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Academics: The courses can be challenging, but the professors are more than willing to help, if you seek them out! Make sure you go to office hours! It's also very easy to visit the learning center and find a tutor, and you'll often find you come to know upper class-men who have taken the class and can give tips if needed!

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5 College Junior

Academics: I came to Wooster set in my career as an English major. Wooster however, is a liberal arts program. Regardless of my initial thought, I had to take classes across the disciplines. Classes I was intimidated by and would not have considered taking due to my lack of confidence or previous knowledge. In my first year I took economics. I now am a Business Economics major and it is truly the most rewarding decision of my academic career (and yes, I am still an English minor which compliments my major well, we write A LOT in both disciplines). The workload is challenging but manageable. Our facilities only enhance the experience here on campus.

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5 College Junior

Academics: While the curriculum is interesting, the reason this school fosters caring, responsible, and innovative graduates are the exceptional professors at the college. Wooster is a place where your professors not only care about you as a learner, but also as a person in the community. Professors work in the classroom extends well outside of it to ensure that any student who seeks help will be provided with above and beyond their need. The curriculum at the College of Wooster comes to life through the enthusiasm each professor brings to the classroom everyday.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: It is a little challenging to register for classes that you really want but as you go up in class year you get better picks. There is a wide variety of interesting classes and all the professors are great. They all care about you and want you to do well.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The biology building is outdated but I do know that they are going to update it in the upcoming years. It is a little frustrating to get into some of the classes I want because the class sizes are small. The workload is challenging but manageable. Job opportunities are readily available and there are many people willing to work with you to help you find something.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 3rd
    Smartest Professors
  • 4th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 18th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 43rd
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hannah Diorio-Toth
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
English
Grad Year
2011
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Wooster stands apart from the crowd when it comes to academics. At Wooster, classes are small, averaging 21 students and never topping 50. With a student-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, it is hard to ignore the individualized attention students receive from their professors. Professors, not graduate or teaching assistants, teach all of the courses. Teaching assistants, although rare, are instead used for some classes as extra resources for test or homework questions. Wooster focuses on building good relationships between students and professors, and the College encourages interaction through personal advising meetings and its small class sizes. All professors have office hours, and they are very willing to find time to meet with you after class or to respond to your emails. Some will even host special dinners at their houses or invite their classes out for coffee for a study session.

Wooster is true to its motto, "Independent Minds, Working Together." And the College is very proud of its most defining academic characteristic—its Independent Study (IS) program. As one of the best undergraduate thesis programs in the United States, IS is the pinnacle of a student’s career at Wooster. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an adviser to create a final project in their specific area of interest. The possibilities are endless. Students can choose anything from writing a children’s book to creating and performing a musical in front of the campus community. IS takes the place of one of a senior’s classes each semester, allowing him or her to focus on this important project. No senior will deny that IS is a ton of work, but it is a proud moment when you can say that you have finished your Independent Study.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
171
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
38
Total FT Faculty
171
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$69,099
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Transfer-Out Rate
12%
Graduation Rate
76%
Programs/Majors Offered
47
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 students: 37%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • English Language Studies: 5%
  • History, General: 5%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Dorm rooms and lounges
  • Lowry Student Center pit
  • Timken and Gault libraries
  • Your IS carrel (or one of your senior friend's)
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Concentrate on your studies your freshman and sophomore years because things get harder as you get older.
  • Get involved in a lot of activities around campus. If you don't find exactly what you're looking for, start your own club!
  • Go abroad and experience another culture.
  • Have a good work ethic.
  • It's a small pond-be a big fish.
  • Learn to balance work and partying. Even though you should have fun, don't get too caught up in the party scene.
  • Research your professors before choosing your classes.
  • Take a variety of classes-branch out from your intended major when you are able to.
  • Take advantage of the Writing Center, Learning Center, Math Center, and other resources that the College has to help you succeed in your classes.
Did You Know?
Loren Pope, author of the book "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."

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 38% Stanley Gault - former CEO of Rubbermaid, Goodyear
  • 12% Karl Taylor Compton - former president of MIT
  • 12% Arthur Holly Compton - Nobel winner (Physics)
  • 6% Frederic Lauriston Bullard - Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 6% Timothy Smucker - CEO of The J.M. Smucker Co.
  • 6% John Dean - White House Counsel (1970-1973)
  • 6% Duncan Jones - English film director
  • 6% Blake Moore - former NFL lineman
  • 6% Donald Kohn, vice chairman of the Federal reserve
  • 0% John McSweeney - former U.S. representative (D-OH)
  • 0% Eugene DePasquale - Pennsylvania auditor general
  • 0% Christine Camp - Democratic political operative
  • 0% Stephen R. Donaldson - NYT bestselling author
  • 0% Vince Cellini - sports anchor, host
  • 0% Mary Crow - Colorado Poet Laureate
  • 0% Helen Murray Free - inventor

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 91 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 90 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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