FAQ for Prospective Students

For Campus Visits and General Information

Is Wooster offering campus visits?

Following guidance from local, state and national health organizations, Wooster is welcoming individual visitors to campus. Please read our Admissions Visit FAQs to prepare for your time on campus. We have suspended all group visits and programs through July 31. We will keep you updated through email communication and the website regarding expanded on-campus visit opportunities.

How can I learn more about Wooster and the campus community?

We are now welcoming individual visitors to campus, and we have created several virtual opportunities for you to connect with students and staff live. If you have connectivity concerns, we are happy to talk with you over the phone about Wooster or your college search.

Find your Admissions Counselor or call 330-263-2322. 

Will I still receive credit for my IB work?

Wooster considers credit for students receiving a score of 5, 6, or 7 on Higher Level IB exams.  According to the International Baccalaureate Organization, students will still receive IB diplomas and certificates for 2020 in the same transcript format as previous years.   Wooster will continue to award credits as usual for students who receive scores above 5 in subjects identified as Higher Level on their official IB transcript.

Will Wooster award academic credit for the new AP tests available this May?

Yes. Wooster has not changed its policy regarding AP credit equivalencies. Learn more here.

Will having pass/fail grades in my spring semester hurt my chances for admission?

We understand that most students have had to adjust how they learn and how they complete their course work (or perhaps classes have ended entirely for them). We recognize that this disruption creates new challenges. So, we encourage students to develop a new routine at home so they may stay focused on their schoolwork resulting in passing marks this semester.

Wooster will not penalize a student if the transcript indicates pass/fail for the spring semester. Our admission committee has always reviewed holistically, considering a student’s four-year academic plan and progress. Students will be given equal consideration for admission and merit scholarships. Please keep in mind that a failing mark will be scrutinized as any failing grade would in a typical year. We may ask for additional details (particularly for enrolling seniors) or request first-quarter or mid-year progress in the senior year for future applicants.

For High School Seniors

Does Wooster intend to start the fall semester on time with in-person classes?

It is our absolute intention to open in the fall with everyone back on campus. The news we hear from the CDC and our governor makes us confident that we will be back to our desired state – providing the nation’s best opportunities for research, learning, and preparation for a life of purpose, by the time the College opens in late August.

However, student safety and well-being is our top priority. So, we have carefully developed backup plans – some quite creative – to make sure our students can still receive the type of personal, mentored education they expect and we are charged with delivering even if the pandemic continues. We are very fortunate to have the resources to do so, and our staff and faculty are ready to support students’ growth and learning in any circumstance.

Will this affect the timing of my admissions decision or financial aid package?

No. Currently, this will not impact the timing of admissions decisions, merit aid, or financial aid packages.

Is Wooster still accepting applications?

Yes! Given the circumstances, we have extended our Regular Decision application deadline. Decisions will be released on a rolling basis. Please reach out to your Admissions Counselor directly with any questions. We will work with you and your college counselor to determine how best to submit your supporting documents. Wooster accepts self-reported test scores and there is no application fee.

Will the enrollment deposit deadline be extended?

Yes. We encourage students to submit the enrollment deposit by May 1 so we may provide important next steps about housing and course registration. We also understand that the current circumstances may make that timeline more challenging for some students, so we have extended our deposit deadline to June 1 to allow more time to make the best possible college choice.

Will summer orientation, ARCH, be impacted?

Due to the current circumstances, the summer ARCH program will now occur remotely. Your one-on-one advising appointment and course registration will occur virtually during the two-day ARCH session for which you register. However, many other aspects of the programming, such as guided reflection and planning exercises, as well as opportunities for family members to connect with each other and our campus community, will occur remotely throughout the month of June. We will send invitations for these special virtual events to you and your family in the coming weeks. Our course availabilities are being developed as they normally would, and, in just over two months, you will develop your first college schedule. We cannot wait to partner with you in this process! 

Will Wooster allow me to take a gap semester or gap year?

Every year, Wooster has approved gap semester or year requests from deposited students. Deferred enrollment is not guaranteed, but we will work to accommodate all reasonable requests. Due to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, Wooster will be as flexible as possible with requests for deferred enrollment. Please see more information here.

For International Students

Can I take a tour of campus?

Yes! We are offering live virtual tours, led by current students! Stay tuned for even more virtual opportunities as they become available.

How can I meet with someone from Wooster one-on-one?

We are offering more interview / meeting slots just for international students! If you are a prospective student or applicant, you can use this time for a traditional interview; if you are an Admitted Student for 2020, you can use this time to get your individual questions answered. You will connect virtually with a Wooster International Admissions student or staff member to learn more about campus life, academics, the Independent Study, and research at Wooster. Register here.

I have deposited at Wooster. Will I still receive an I-20 for Fall?

At this time, we plan to send I-20s to newly deposited students starting on May 1st (students who deposited prior to March 15th have already had their packets sent). We will then help guide students through the visa process this summer.

What if I can’t get a visa in time?

Wooster will defer your admission to Spring (January) or Fall (August) as needed, and you will be able to maintain your scholarship offer. We will also work with you to explore online or other options. We are committed to helping our deposited international students begin their Wooster education!

If I am currently at a US high school, what should I do about my visa?

Please have your current school transfer your SEVIS record to The College of Wooster at the conclusion of your senior year classes. You can email Reon Sines-Sheaff, rsines-sheaff@wooster.edu, with any questions about how to do this. We will be processing transferred I-20s as usual.

Who should I contact with questions about visas and arrivals?

Please contact Reon Sines-Sheaff, Director of International Admissions, at rsines-sheaff@wooster.edu.