Diversity

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

Diversity: Wooster isn't as diverse as I thought it was going to be coming in, but it's far more diverse than any school I've ever been to! You'll make friends from all over the world, as Wooster represents 45 countries and 44 states.

5 College Junior

Diversity: As a school with an extremely open door and welcoming environment, many diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and religious groups are represented on campus. Students not only are accepting and welcoming but active in learning and understanding their peers backgrounds and sharing their own. Intolerance is not accepted by students across the college population and would actively be confronted by any individual from any social group.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have never witnessed any intolerance on this campus. Everyone I have met has been very accepting even if they have conflicting beliefs/views.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There are diverse students on campus but often times there is lack of cohesion between different groups.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Student population is diverse. The students are very accepting of cultural differences, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation.

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  • 32nd
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 998th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1363rd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hannah Diorio-Toth
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
English
Grad Year
2011
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If you look at diversity purely in terms of numbers at Wooster, you will see that the College hovers around 5 percent international students and 10 percent domestic multiethnic students. But at Wooster, students don’t look at diversity in terms of percentages because they realize that you can’t define it in this way. Wooster looks at diversity like it looks at everything else—in a personal way. You are not just part of a diversity statistic; instead, you are the president of the South Asia Committee and you came up with the idea for South Asia Week, which got the whole student body excited about the Friday night dinner or the movie you were going to show. Or, you helped to plan the forum about the Day of the Dead, which gave students a look at what life is like in Mexico, where your grandparents grew up.

Diversity stands out at Wooster because students make it a priority. The College emphasizes all different types of diversity—ethnic, racial, economic, sexual—as important components to student life. And, when you’re in Wooster, Ohio, it’s always fun to be able to escape to a different part of the world by experiencing a new cultural experience or to say that you made a difference through activism in the community.

Facts & Statistics

African American
8%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
3%
International
6%
Native American
1%
White
70%
Unknown
9%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
64%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 49%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 4%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
49%
Male Faculty
51%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 77%
Unknown: 10%
Gay Pride
Allies & Queers (A&Q) is an active student organization that works to educate the campus on issues faced by members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. Overall, the LGBT community is accepted on campus. However, the city of Wooster is a conservative area, so the struggle for acceptance is one that A&Q continues to fight for. They strive to reduce prejudice against the LGBT community, raise AIDS awareness, and "create a safe community where LGBT people and those questioning their sexuality can exist without any need to disguise their identity."
Political Activity
The campus community is predominantly liberal-both politically and socially. This becomes obvious during election season and in class debates. There are student organizations that facilitate voter registration, educate the campus on candidates, and work for social activism: College Democrats, College Republicans, ACLU, and Wooster Progressive Students. Wooster isn't an overwhelmingly politically-involved campus, but students do keep up with the news and usually have an opinion about what is happening.
Economic Status
The major economic group at the College seems to be middle class. Because Wooster gives financial aid to so many of its students, there is variation within this group. There is also a large gap between those with financial aid, scholarships, or student loans, and those paying full tuition. But because Wooster is a small town without a lot of reasons to spend large amounts of money, these economic differences don't usually stand out unless they are talked about. When most students wear sweatpants to class, you can't really tell how much money people have.
Most Common Religions
Although Wooster was originally a Presbyterian college, it is now nondenominational. There is an Interfaith Campus Ministries group on campus, which is open to any individual. They work with faith-based student organizations on campus such as: Hillel (Jewish student organization), Campus Impact (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Newman Catholic Student Association (Catholic student organization), Noor (Muslim Student Association), Sisters in Spirit (feminist spirituality group), WCF (Wooster Christian Fellowship), and Word Up! (outreach program).
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a growing number of minority and multiethnic groups on campus: Black Student Association (BSA), Brothers of Diversity, CaribConnect, DREAM, International Student Association, Men of Harambee, Open America, Proyecto Latino, Pueblo de Esperanza, South Asia Committee, Student Advocates for Diversity, Ubunto, UJAMAA, Women of Dene, and Women of Images.
Did You Know?
There is a whole group on campus dedicated to focusing on diversity at Wooster! Student Advocates for Diversity (SAFD) is "a group of students that believes that diversity is crucial to one's liberal art's learning environment and that diversity is a way of life. Without understanding and celebrating one another's differences, we are unable to appreciate the richness that our community offers."

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 64 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 17% Moderate
  • 45% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 64 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 12% Moderate
  • 6% Not sure
  • 69% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 64 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 64 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 65 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 37% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 55% Very accepting.

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