Wooster and Princeton, together again for the 13th straight year

Singled out for "stellar" undergraduate research and senior capstone

09 September, 2014 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – Each year since 2002, the editors of U.S. News & World Report have asked college presidents, chief academic officers, and deans of admissions to identify colleges with “stellar examples” of eight programs that education experts, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities, agree are critical to student success. For the thirteenth straight year, Wooster has been singled out in two of those categories, undergraduate research and senior capstone programs. Only one other school can make that claim: Princeton University.

The results appear in the 2015 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released online today.

At Wooster, mentored undergraduate research shapes the curriculum and is fundamental to each student’s educational experience, culminating in the year-long senior capstone project known to generations of Wooster alumni simply as “I.S.”

“Mentored undergraduate research,” says President Grant Cornwell, “is the thing we do that makes us who we are.”

The U.S. News editors also included Wooster once again in their list of “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” which they describe as great 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 69 among 236 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. By working one-on-one with a faculty adviser to conceive, organize, and complete an original research project, written work, performance or art exhibit, every Wooster student develops 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.