Wooster, OH
The College of Wooster


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Recent Reviews

Taylor
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A very diverse community that loves coming together to not only learn but to socialize as well, not exculding the teachers.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A very diverse community that loves coming together to not only learn but to socialize as well, not exculding the teachers.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Colleges come in many sizes, look at your high school and ask yourself if you like the size and go from there. If you aren't sure what you want to do yet go to a Liberal Arts college. GO VISIT THE COLLEGES AND SEE FOR YOURSELF!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That independence can be a good thing. If you try there is always a way to find help, and someone is always willing to help you.

Cora
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The College of Wooster offers friendly, challenging environment with extremely supportive faculty and staff that will help y...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

The College of Wooster offers friendly, challenging environment with extremely supportive faculty and staff that will help you do what interests you and emphasizes independent learning.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When I was applying to college, I thought that there was a perfect school for me. I had my dream school picked out and a line of back-ups waiting for me (all of which I had decided that I did like, even if it wasn't my number one). I got accepted to my dream school, but the College of Wooster offered me a very generous scholarship. My biggest advice to give in choosing a college is not to set your heart on one school before you get your acceptance letters. I quickly found at the College of Wooster that I was going to get everything from this school that I would have gotten at my one-time "dream school" but wouldn't be paying off school loans for the rest of my life. I guess my advice is to be open to your options, because there isn't one perfect school for everyone - there's plenty, and it's important to take advantage of what is offered to you. All schools have numerous clubs, activities, majors, etc, and even if it takes some people longer than others, if you put yourself out there you will find your place.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

It is in a very small town and there are very few relations between the college community and the town, which is a shame. However, many people overcome this by doing volunteer work in the community or simply visiting downtown more often. It also gets really cold in the winter and doesn't go away for good until finals week in the Spring.

Louisa
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The Junior and Senior Independent Study Program. It gives students a chance to do their own research in their field before th...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The Junior and Senior Independent Study Program. It gives students a chance to do their own research in their field before they even graduate, giving them a step up over other job applicants and grad school applicants.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For parents, let the student decide. If they're at a school they were pressured into going to, and they dont like it there, they won't do as well. For students, find a school that fits you. Don't go to a school because your friends are going there, or your significant other. Choose for you, some place you feel comfortable and think you could learn well. Remember you're in school to learn.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who is interested in a liberal arts education at an institution that is not super competative. Anyone who is looking for small class sizes and caring professors that you get to know personally.

Elizabeth
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Wooster are the students and the connection they have to the faculty and greater Wooster community. Each...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Wooster are the students and the connection they have to the faculty and greater Wooster community. Each student receives very personal attention in each class and especially in the area of study they wish to pursue through the independent study project. The size of the school is just right. You can walk around on campus and recognize mostly everyone, but at the same time you are always meeting new people through your classes, different events, groups, and parties. I think the Wooster administration is VERY open to new ideas and they work hard to be receptive to our ideas and thoughts on how to make Wooster a better place. I think as a small town, Wooster has a lot of things to offer. There are surprisingly good restaurants downtown and although there is not a big night scene, students on campus ensure that there is always something going on at night at school. Wooster definitely has a lot of school pride, this is especially witnessed through involvement in athletics and the large attendance of athletic events on campus. The most frequent complaints at Wooster are about the small town atmosphere, but there are always things to do if you are willing to seek them out. Also, students constantly complain about the food offered at school, but doesn't everyone? Wooster tries to offer a variety of places to eat on campus and a healthy variety within dining halls.

Describe the students at your school.

Wooster students are from very diverse backgrounds. If you are not accepting of different attitudes, beliefs and receptive to new ideas, you may not feel comfortable at Wooster. Most students are laid-back and casual, attire to class can easily be sweat pants and a t-shirt, but many students also dress nicely, attire varies. It seems Wooster more so than many schools encourages different groups to interact. Different race groups sit together in the dining hall, there is not a white group and then a black group or a hispanic group, most groups are intermingled and its sometimes hard to define yourself as a part of only one group at Wooster because students are connected and involved in so many ways. Most students at Wooster are from the east coast, but there are plenty from the south and west too. We also have a large international population, many students from Jamaica! At Wooster it is hard to tell what one's financial background is because the school gives very large amounts of financial aid, students from every socioeconomic background attend Wooster. Students are very politically aware, there is a large liberal population at Wooster. Recently Wooster has also been actively engaged in making the campus environmentally friendly. Most disposable products at the school have become recyclable, buildings are built to use the least amount of electricity, just this year a composting program has been put into place. There is a large sustainability group on campus, many students are environmentally conscious and pro-active.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Some say most of the students at Wooster are stuck-up white kids, but this is definitely not the case. Wooster feels very diverse although the majority of the students are white. Diversity comes from our socioeconomic differences and various backgrounds.

What are the academics like at your school?

Teachers at Wooster want you to succeed. They provide as much personal attention as you need and there are many one-on-one experiences you will have with your teachers throughout your time at Wooster. Students have a good study ethic, of course some don't study much, but then you have your group that is very focused and determined to do well. My science classes are small, especially as I have entered into more advanced classes. I am in a cell physiology class that is about 10 students and a chemistry class of about 20. Wooster tries to open students to all academic disciplines by requiring students to take a class through pretty much every department. This ends up being a great experience and opens students to new ideas and unexpected passions. Wooster really instills an appreciation of learning in its students. Academics are not so challenging that you can't be involved in many other things outside of school which benefits a students education as a whole. This is a really nice feature of Wooster because students are able to build a community and a great social life around the great involvement in campus groups and activities.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Athletics are very popular at Wooster. There is also a large activities crew which organizes really neat things on campus every week. Students are often working campus jobs all over campus so you see them involved in every aspect of Wooster. Students are very open and the halls always have activity with people coming and going, most halls have a good community built through the personal attention and time residential life dedicates to creating a good atmosphere in the dorms. There are always guest speakers on campus. Musical artists, comedians, politicians. We had Joe Biden speak earlier this year! There is always activity at night. You'll find students in the 24-hour computer lab the 'Wired Scot'. At 2 AM you can always find our 'Mom's Diner' full of students still studying, watching tv or just having some pancakes with their friends. Parties are very prevalent on campus during the weekends, but students can always find alternative things to do. There is a bowling alley on campus. Two movie theatres near by. There is a dance club on campus called the underground that has a DJ every Friday from 10PM-2AM. And a campus bar with a popular happy hour. Greek life doesn't have a huge presence on campus, although there are many greek groups. Many students choose not to be involved in greek life because there are many other ways on campus to get to know people. Greek life at Wooster also doesn't play a huge role, because greek groups are friends with everyone. An alpha-gamma will be friends with a Zeta or a member of the field hockey team. There are not defined barriers between groups.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Wooster students are known to be quirky, weird, hippie-type kids.

Elaine
Describe the students at your school.

The students at Wooster are diverse, ranging from Jamaican scientists to American psychologists, and while being very diverse...

Describe the students at your school.

The students at Wooster are diverse, ranging from Jamaican scientists to American psychologists, and while being very diverse sometimes social groups become cliques.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think it's really important to visit the college campuses and find a feel that is right for you. It's an individual decision, and it has to be an institution that is able to provide for your interests, both academically and socially.

What's unique about your campus?

The resources available are the best thing about Wooster. The libraries have a lot of information available to students, or can order it from other schools in Ohio. The professors are accessible and willing to help you in almost any situation. And the other offices (financial aid, registrar, etc) are willing to work with students and help when they can.

Dustin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Many parents choose a school that is affordable or that maybe is close to home, but the connection between the student and ca...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Many parents choose a school that is affordable or that maybe is close to home, but the connection between the student and campus does not form. If the intelligence level is there, but the finances are not, sometimes families will simply "settle" and go to a small community college. For me, when I walked on campus, I simply knew right then and there that this is where I wanted to be and get my education. The cost became an issue afterwards, and was dealt with appropriately with grants, scholarships, and any loans that needed to be taken out. If the drive is there, a student will feel it. Parents should sit down with their children and find out what they really want out of their college experience, whether it be a strong focus on the hard sciences and research or if they want to get a good education and have some sort of social life. Then, narrow down your choices from there to schools that fit into what they would like, and then visit the colleges. If the connection is there, parents: your kids will feel it. Students: you will know what I mean.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who will be able to take a heavy class load, who knows what direction they want to take with whatever major they choose, and someone who is very goal driven. Slackers will fall behind quickly and not be able to catch up once that has happened.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The school is so small and everybody knows everyone else through other people, so rumors spread around campus that are not always true but it gets to people so quickly and they are likely to believe it. Also, some of the staff and counselors on campus do a poor job of helping students through my experience, and some of the upper level faculty are not the most sociable or approachable people.

Amanda
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Wooster is filled with opportunities that are available to those who seek them out.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Wooster is filled with opportunities that are available to those who seek them out.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The easy part is narrowing down the schools that fit your academic desires. Look for lots of opportunities for extracurriculars, culture, travel or whatever interests you. The more difficult part is finding the right fit. You won't know if the school is the right fit until you get there, are enrolled, and are living the life as a student at that college. You may not even be sure after the first year since the first year is often a tough adjustment. Be sure to take advantage of what the school has to offer. You really have to explore. Make sure to find an academic advisor that is not only supportive, but gives good advice and points you in the right direction. Even if you end up somewhere that is not quite what you expected or is less than ideal, I truely believe you can make it work with great friends and by insisting on attaining your dreams.

What's unique about your campus?

Wooster is not "cliquey" since it is so small. This is what I really like about the smallness of it. You see people you know everyday, everywhere you go, which can get old but it is also nice to have a great variety of friends. Also the number of international students at Wooster.

Jonah
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit! Visit! Visit! The only way to know if a College is for you is to go there, and get the feel for it. Talk to as many s...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit! Visit! Visit! The only way to know if a College is for you is to go there, and get the feel for it. Talk to as many students as you can, and not just the ones the Admissions people find for you. You want to get it from the horse's mouth. Identify the things you care about before you start looking, but don't close your mind to factors you might not have considered. The cost of a college is what you pay after scholarships, so get figures on average financial aid and take that into account. That said, you get what you pay for, so if you think you're getting a great education and you can afford it, it's worth the extra expense. Finally, as Loren Pope says in "Colleges that change lives" (an indispensible book, by the way), "Judging a College by the quality of the students it accepts is like judging a hospital by the health of the patients it admits. It's what goes on inside that really counts." (paraphrased)

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I'm not really frustrated by my school much, and the things that did bother me the school has been gradually taking care of. I guess the most frustrating thing is how infrequently certain classes are offered, and how limiting that is to planning one's academic career. That said, the school is as accomodating as possible when these problems come up.

Clara
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The Independent Study program, which is basically where you have to write a thesis your senior year. In preparation for this ...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The Independent Study program, which is basically where you have to write a thesis your senior year. In preparation for this project, the academic focus is strongly on independent thought, theorizing, and writing.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First there are the basics: consider size, location, and how much it costs to attend. The size of the student population is an important factor to take into account - don't go to a large school if you know you'll be swamped and lost, and don't go to a small school if you'll be suffocated. However, beyond these obvious factors, the most important one to me was the religious affiliation of the school. IF, and only if, religion is an important part of a student's life, then it's a good idea to attend a school within the denomination. However, if religion is not important, this doesn't much matter.

What's unique about your campus?

There are tons of extracurricular opportunities, so it's really easy to get involved and meet people.

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