Wooster and Princeton Again Lauded for Student Research Opportunities

Cited for 11th straight year by presidents, deans in U.S. News survey

September 12, 2012 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, Sept. 12, 2012 – For the 11th year in a row, college presidents, provosts, and deans surveyed by U.S. News & World Report have recognized The College of Wooster for its “outstanding” undergraduate research opportunities and its senior capstone program, known as I.S. Only two schools have been named to both lists in each of the past 11 years: Wooster and Princeton University.  

The presidents, provosts, and deans also lauded Wooster as a college where “the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching,” ranking Wooster 12th among all national liberal arts colleges in that regard, tied with Amherst College and Macalester College.  

Wooster also was singled out in a third of the eight areas that the Association of American Colleges and Universities says are linked to student success – writing in the disciplines, for “make writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum.” And the magazine’s editors again included Wooster in their list of “A+ Schools for B Students,” which they describe as top colleges “where non-superstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving – where spirit and hard work could make all the difference.”  

Overall, Wooster was ranked number 63 among national liberal arts colleges. It was one of four Ohio schools in the top 75, along with Oberlin, Kenyon, and Denison.  

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.