Local Atmosphere

Wooster, OH
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town is pretty small but there are a few fun places to go and many great places to eat. The only transportation is a taxi but mostly everything is in walking distance. The town does hold a couple fun events every year that are a good way to get off campus and feel like a part of the community. The businesses are very friendly to students but in general the people of Wooster aren't too friendly.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I always say I wish I could pick Wooster up and place it in the heart of Chicago or Philadelphia. However, Wooster as a town has definitely experienced revitalization, especially in the downtown area. There are lots unique shops and restaurants downtown, which gives it an eclectic and fun vibe. There are no sporting events around Wooster, however. Most of the excitement around sports comes from varsity athletic teams on campus!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is an outlet strip nearby with outlet shores. The College of Wooster is close to many of the major cities in Ohio. Around Wooster there is not a public transportation "system," however there is a shuttle.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Not the most vibrant area. The college is its own little bubble. Plenty of the chain establishments like buffalo wild wings, chili's, red lobster, kohls, lowes and jc penny to name a few. There are a few upscale eateries like Broken Rocks and City Square Steakhouse.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: it is a small town. The only thing here is the college.


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Hannah Diorio-Toth
Pittsburgh, PA
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When you begin your drive into the city of Wooster and you are greeted by miles of cornfields, you should start to realize that Wooster is a city in name only. More accurately, Wooster is a rural Midwestern town. Located in the middle of Amish country, Wooster has a quaint, small-town vibe. With about 26,000 people living in Wooster, the city and the College mesh well together because they are both small communities. Unfortunately, the camaraderie ends there. A poor relationship exists between the city and the College, which in recent years has become a growing problem. Because Wooster is a small, quiet town, townspeople don't appreciate college students who throw loud parties on the weekends. "Townies" often shout out their windows at the girls walking down Beall Avenue. There have also been reports of racial slurs and profanities yelled at students. But, don't panic! Wooster is a safe place and despite these incidents, students feel comfortable walking around campus and town.  

Although the city of Wooster may not be a bustling metropolis, it is a town that is focused on growth and development. New stores and restaurants continue to be built. There is a commercial shopping district, complete with Walmart, Bath & Body Works, Dollar Tree, Best Buy, Kohl's, rue21, and Dunham's, as well as restaurants, banks, gas stations, and grocery stores. Downtown Wooster has a multitude of local businesses and restaurants that give the town its flavor. Wooster also has the usual amenities, such as movie theatres, an ice rink, and parks.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The largest population of Old Order Amish lies just south of Wooster.
  2. The Ohio Light Opera makes its summer home at the College.
  3. Wooster was the first place where candy canes were hung on Christmas trees.
Notable Natives
  • Charles Follis - first African American to play professional football
  • Hollis Frampton - avant-garde filmmaker, pioneer of digital art
  • Elizebeth Friedman - America's first female cryptanalyst
  • Stanley Gault - CEO and board chairman of Rubbermaid, Inc.
  • Bill Musselman - American basketball coach
  • Bob Peterson - Pixar animator
Local Slang
Beall Avenue pronounced "Bell Avenue"/Bever Avenue pronounced "Beaver Avenue": People at the College always joke that they took the "a" out of "Beaver" and put it in "Bell."
Points of Interest
  • The Cat's Meow Village
  • The J.M. Smucker Co.
  • Ohio Amish Country
  • Ramseyer Farms
  • Secrest Arboretum at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)
  • Troutman Vineyards and Winery
  • Wayne Center for the Arts
  • Wayne County Historical Society
Shopping Centers
Lodi Station Outlets
Movie Theaters
Big Picture Cinema
116 E. South St.
(330) 263-6227
Movie Theaters
Cinemark Movies 10
4108 Burbank Road
(330) 345-2610
Major Sports Teams
  • Cleveland Browns: NFL
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: NBA
  • Cleveland Indians: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cleveland: : 1 hour
  • Columbus: : 2 hours
  • Pittsburgh: : 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Washington, D.C.: : 6 hours, 30 minutes
Did You Know?
Wooster was once named as one of Ohio's "Best Hometowns" by Ohio Magazine.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 120 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 122 responses

  • 14% Painfully remote.
  • 2% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 70% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 13% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 124 responses

  • 46% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 45% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 9% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 123 responses

  • 57% No way.
  • 41% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 2% Totally.



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