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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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5 College Freshman

Facilities: We have great libraries, that are open almost 24 hours a day! There are only 4 hours during the day when you can not easily get food using your meal plan on campus. Every weekend there is some kind of event going on, be it a party, TedX Event, or some sort of movie or dance program. Every dorm has a student lounge, as well as every academic building, and we have two cafe areas on campus.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Wooster offers a ton of options to undergraduate students that you won't find any where else! None of our classes are taught by TA's, and the professors really know their students and care about them as people. You'll often see them at various student events that go on over the weekend. Every student completes an Independent Study project, which is one of the best programs in the country. You get to work one on one with a professor in your major to create a research paper that is truly a tool you can use when it comes to graduate school, and is something to be seriously proud of!

4 College Senior

Facilities: The facilities are great. Buildings that are becoming outdated have plans to be updated or new ones put up. Could use another dorm or two. A few dorms are a little confined and over filled.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 51st
    Greenest Campuses
  • 137th
    Best Library
  • 402nd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 484th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 564th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hannah Diorio-Toth
Pittsburgh, PA
Grad Year
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It's no secret that the College of Wooster's campus is impressive. Students, alumni, and community members can't say enough about how much they love to walk through the College in the fall as the leaves are changing or down Beall Avenue in the summer when the flowers are in full bloom. Wooster may be an old college, but it has been beautifully maintained. The stonework highlights the impressive architecture of the academic buildings, and although buildings like Kauke Hall have undergone huge renovations to modernize the classrooms and add computer labs and cafés, the outside of the buildings have kept their iconic and traditional look. In fact, the College has made it a priority to keep facilities up-to-date. As a result of this, however, it often seems as if the College is in a constant state of construction. A new residence hall, Gault Manor, was built in 2008, while in 2009, Babcock reopened after renovations were completed. In 2010, Lowry Center was renovated, and the Scot Center, Wooster's most recent athletic facility, opened in January 2012.

There are still buildings on campus that could use a little love, but the College's hard work to improve the campus's facilities is obvious. The construction noise can definitely get in the way of your mid-afternoon naps, but the finished product is worth the sacrifice.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
240 acres
Student Centers
Lowry Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Andrews Library
  • Flo K. Gault Library
  • Timken Science Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Common Grounds
  • Lowry pit
  • Mom's
  • Old Main Café
  • The quad
Bar on Campus
The College Underground, Kittredge Dining Hall (lower level, east entrance)
Bowling on Campus
Scot Lanes in the Lowry Student Center
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Common Grounds, student-run and managed coffeehouse on College Avenue
  • MacLeod's Coffee Bar, located in Lowry Center
  • Old Main Café, located in Kauke Hall
Movie Theater on Campus
No; however, many campus organizations show movies or project sports events or political elections on a screen in the Lowry Center.
"Green" Initiatives
Environmental sustainability is a top priority at the College of Wooster. The newly renovated athletic facility was built with the largest solar roof of any college facility in the country. Plus, Wooster reports, that "Upgrades to 34 campus buildings will reduce the college's carbon footprint by 36 percent." Students are also very involved in the "green" movement at the College. Greenhouse, a student environmentalist organization, recently helped to convert Lowry to a "Trayless Cafeteria" in addition to starting the "Rideshare" program. Groups like Organic Farming and Peace by Peace also work to educate the College on environmental issues and encourage change within the community.
School Slang
  • Beast: Milwaukee's Best beer, a cheap beer that is the beer of choice for many students. You will often find it at fraternity or house parties.
  • COW Card: Wooster students' college ID cards, which are used as keys to enter buildings and dorm rooms. They are also used for the meal plan, printing costs, and as a debit card.
  • ElCamps: El Campesino Mexican restaurant, where students often go on Wednesday nights to take advantage of the $2 margarita special
  • Gallows: A "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" type of show run by the chem-free group on campus that holds weekly shows
  • Holden Hotel: A wing on the bottom floor of Holden Hall which has been renovated more recently than the rest of the building
  • Huetters/Hooters: Bornhuetter Hall, because no one can pronounce the name, and it sort of looks mammary.
  • IS: Independent Study
  • Kitt: Kittredge Dining Hall
  • PEC: Armington Physical Education Center
  • The pit: Lowry Student Center's pit is an area on its first floor. Students go here to study, hang out, or sit by the fireplace, which is kept lit in the wintertime.
  • The Pot: The nickname of the Potpourri, a bi-weekly newsletter that sits on the dining hall tables
  • Pre-UGDP: "Pre-Underground Dance Party" refers to having a party or pregame event before going to the Underground on a Friday night.
  • The Schwag: Wagner Hall
  • Stan the Man: Affectionate nickname of Wooster's former president-R. Stanton Hales-who reminds students of a jovial grandfather
  • Suicide Single: Certain singles in Armington, Stevenson, and Bissman that are about half the width of a normal single room
  • TGB: Stands for "To-Go Box," which students can get from the dining halls when they want to take their meal to-go
  • The UG: A nickname for the College Underground, the college club/bar on campus
  • UGDP: Stands for "Underground Dance Party," which refers to when the Underground is open on Friday nights for dancing until 2 a.m.
  • Woo Goggles: Like beer goggles, it's the effect of the guys or girls around you growing more attractive over a certain period of time. However, the difference with Woo Goggles is that it occurs while sober.
  • The Arch: The Delmar Archway, or "the Arch" as it is more commonly known, was constructed during the 1961-62 renovation of Kauke Hall. Kauke Hall is the most recognizable building on campus, and the Arch is the reason why. Students are introduced to the Arch when they first arrive on campus. First-year students gather in front of the Arch for their class picture as soon as they arrive on campus, and then they are led by the Scot Pipers through the Arch into McGaw Chapel where they are welcomed by the president. Graduating seniors march through the Arch before being seated in the Oak Grove for the start of commencement ceremonies. When they return for their class reunions, they will march through the Arch again as part of the Parade of Classes.
  • Bricks: Bricks have become a symbol for the College of Wooster because of the brick pathways throughout campus. For years, the brick paths were made with bricks manufactured at the Wooster brick yards in town. These bricks are marked with the words "Wooster, Ohio." It is tradition for seniors to steal a brick from the pathways before they graduate. But the story is, if you steal one before your finish your IS senior year, you won't graduate!
  • IS Parade: "IS Monday," the first Monday after spring break, is the due date for all senior independent studies. Independent studies must be turned into the registrar's office by 4 p.m. The day is a school-wide celebration. Many seniors wear costumes or get special T-shirts made with slogans like "I finISed!" An IS parade begins at 5 p.m. where the pipers and dean of faculty lead the ecstatic seniors through the Arch. The IS Parade ends at Kittredge Dining Hall where pizza is provided for the seniors. Seniors spend the entire day celebrating with their classmates. In fact, alumni around the country hold celebrations every year on IS Monday because they still want to partake in this important tradition.
  • Kilts: The Scot Band uniforms are one of the most recognized symbols of the College of Wooster. The idea of using a Scottish-style uniform came in the late 1930s while trying to develop a new band uniform. Through a generous donation by alumnus Birt Babcock, the school purchased the first shipment of MacLeod tartan kilts. The MacLeod tartan had no special significance at the time, other than that the tartan matched school colors. The kilts made their debut in 1940 and have been an important part of Wooster since.
  • The Rock: The "Wooster Rock" was given by the class of 1874, and during the past 125 years, it has carved its place in Wooster history. In 1873, the graduating class planted a memorial tree. Unfortunately, a passing cow disapproved of the tree and made short work of it. The class of 1874 wanted something that would stand the test of time and wandering cows. Upon the suggestion of Dr. Orange Nash Stoddard, professor of natural sciences, the class of 1874 removed the rock laboriously from a site near the present Westminster Church House. The rock is the remaining link to Wooster's earlier days as it was placed just south of Old Main, which was leveled by a fire on December 11, 1901. In 1971, the 20-ton rock was sinking into the ground, so it was moved about 40 feet to its current location where it sits next to McGaw Chapel on a 15-ton base of gravel and concrete. The rock has become a notable landmark, as it has been painted red, blue, and in stripes; at least one attempt was made to dynamite it. During the 50th reunion for the class of 1874, William Pocock, the class secretary, stated "[the rock] has heard so many confessions of lovers, and is in possession of so many secrets, that it now commands the respect of all."
  • Scot Pipers: The Scot Band performed for the first time in 1940, and in 1962, there was an effort to organize and train a pipe band with dancers. The Scot Pipers are one of the most recognizable symbols of Wooster, and you can often hear them play "Scotland the Brave" during the day on campus. The pipers play before many varsity sporting events as well as for "IS Monday," commencement, and other special Wooster events. The sight of the Scot Pipers as they march into the football stadium is one that alumni rank among their fondest memories of Wooster.
  • Tootsie Rolls: Every year, when seniors turn their independent study projects into the registar, they are given a Toostie Roll. To people who have not gone through the independent study process, this may seem like a meaningless gesture for completing a 100-plus page project. But to Wooster students, the Toostie Roll has come to represent the end of a long journey at the College. The registar's office has a blow-up Toostie Roll for seniors to take pictures with, and the College claims that some seniors have even had their candy bronzed for commemoration. The Toostie Roll tradition has been going on for decades, all because one of the College's registrars thought it would be a nice gesture to give students something in return for their work on the IS projects. It just so happens that Toostie Rolls were on sale that year.
Urban Legends
  • A complete network of steam tunnels provides an underground way to get around the whole campus.
  • If students are able to completely fill the Kauke Arch with snow, legend has it that all classes will be canceled the next day.
  • If you steal a Wooster brick before you finish your IS, you won't graduate.
  • If you walk over Wooster's emblem (located outside of Gault Library), it is bad luck-especially while working on the IS!
  • There is a ghost in the attic of Compton who killed herself after not getting into Harvard for grad school. She screams and wails all the time.
Favorite Things To Do
WAC, the Wooster Activities Crew, is a large part of student life on campus. They are constantly providing entertainment, both on and off campus, to students at Wooster. Every year, WAC puts on "Party on the Green" and "Spring Fest," large outdoor concerts complete with games, activities, and refreshments. They also plan "Winter Gala," a themed formal held in the Lowry Center. A Wooster student's favorite thing to do? Keep busy. At Wooster, in one day you could go bowling and play pool right after classes, have a cookout for dinner, cheer the football team on under the lights at the stadium, and then go dancing at the Underground into the wee hours of the morning.
Student Newspaper
The Wooster Voice
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are more than 100 student organizations at the College of Wooster, so there really is no excuse to not be involved in something. Wooster students love to be involved! Everyone at Wooster seems to be in at least one club or organization, and it is not uncommon to know someone who has started a group on campus. Getting involved in a club is a great way to meet people who share similar interests. There are volunteer clubs, faith-based clubs, political clubs, gaming clubs, art clubs, and club sports-just to name a few categories.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
  • Every week, a group of volunteers comes to the Lowry Center with their therapy dogs for students. A familiar shaggy face and a wagging tail can always brighten your day!
  • Scot Spirit Day, held the first Friday of each school year, gives students the opportunity to learn more about the different clubs and organizations on campus. This is a great time for freshmen to get involved by signing up for clubs that interest them. Each club or organization has a table where representatives are available to answer questions about their group.
  • Wooster holds forums on a wide variety of topics throughout the year. The College works hard to find speakers who relate to students' coursework or who can provide an interesting perspective on current issues.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 59 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 29% IS Parade
  • 21% I.S. Monday
  • 21% Beer tent at Graduation
  • 7% Bricks
  • 7% Scot Pipers
  • 7% The Arch
  • 7% Kilts
  • 0% Tootsie Rolls
  • 0% The Rock

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 27% Admissions assistant
  • 18% Library receptionist
  • 18% Student research assistant
  • 14% Tour guide
  • 9% Athletic training room assistant
  • 9% Weight room monitor
  • 5% Information Technology
  • 0% Lifeguard

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 25% Lowry pit
  • 25% The quad
  • 17% Greek Housing
  • 17% Mom's
  • 17% Old Main Café
  • 0% Common Grounds

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 71 responses

  • 3% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 10% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 52% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 35% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 60 responses

  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 42% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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