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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes in my major are fantastic and I have always had caring and amazing professors to work with. Almost every professor has office hours and encourages you to visit. You are also never a number. They will never let you slip through the cracks. For my major, Communication studies, I wish there were more classes on public relations and classes that apply more to specific jobs other than a lot of theory and analysis classes. We do have alumni come back and talk to us about their careers and how they got where they are today every year which is a very cool experience. Professors always let us know about conferences and internships in the summer. However, I wish there were more programs available in terms of future careers and internships. Overall I am very happy with my major and my department.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics have such a great balance between difficulty and ease. You will have to study hard for every exam but if you are overwhelmed with work and decide to not finish a reading for class you should be okay. Professors are usually understanding if you do not do the reading but if you make it a habit the professors will not have any sympathy for you and you will fail the class.The Lowry pit is a great study location. It has a mix of a social atmosphere as well as a study location.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love my major. I think that my professors are outgoing, knowledeable, and easy to talk to. They truly care about my well being and not one of them should not be in the position they are in.

4 College Junior

Academics: Great, knowledgeable professors who really care about having productive relationships with the students who take classes with them.

4 College Senior

Academics: I think Wooster does a great job with most majors because of our Independent Study project. Essentially, every person is required to learn deeply in their discipline, and then apply that to their own original work, and since professors are also engaged in research, they are able to guide us through our own projects very well. Wooster pushes study abroad, and I think this is particularly relevant for Anth students, and most students do go. It is an enriching experience. The humanities building where we have our classes is beautiful, and professors' offices are in it, and are very accessible. It's a good community. I think one of the downside's of going to a small school like Wooster is that the professional network is not as large, and I don't know of anyone who has used a Wooster connection to get an Anthropology job after graduation, but that probably has to do with my own lack of knowledge too.

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 9 responses

  • 35% Stanley Gault - former CEO of Rubbermaid, Goodyear
  • 13% Timothy Smucker - CEO of The J.M. Smucker Co.
  • 13% Karl Taylor Compton - former president of MIT
  • 13% Arthur Holly Compton - Nobel winner (Physics)
  • 9% Frederic Lauriston Bullard - Pulitzer Prize winner
  • 4% John Dean - White House Counsel (1970-1973)
  • 4% Duncan Jones - English film director
  • 4% Blake Moore - former NFL lineman
  • 4% 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 93 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 92 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 11 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 11 responses

  • 27% This was my dream school.
  • 64% This was one of my top choices.
  • 9% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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