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College Presidents, Deans Rank Wooster Seventh in U.S. for Undergraduate Teaching

Neck-and-neck with Amherst, Haverford, and Williams

September 12, 2013 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, Sept. 12, 2013 – College presidents, provosts, and deans have again singled out The College of Wooster as one of America’s top liberal arts colleges “where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” Surveyed by U.S. News & World Report, they ranked Wooster seventh in the nation, just behind Williams, tied with Haverford, and ahead of Amherst.

The presidents, provosts, and deans also recognized Wooster for its “outstanding” undergraduate research opportunities and its senior capstone program: the one-on-one, mentored undergraduate research experience known as I.S. This is the twelfth straight year that Wooster has been honored in both categories. Only one other school can make the same claim: Princeton.

The magazine’s editors also included Wooster once again 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 65 among national liberal arts colleges, 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.