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New Fiske Guide to Colleges Rates Wooster a "Best Buy"

One of just 20 private colleges to earn distinction, based on quality and cost

July 10, 2013 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio, July 10, 2013 – The 2014 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, published this month, singles out The College of Wooster as one of 20 private and 21 public colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. that the editors deem a “best buy.” According to Fiske, the recognition is based on a combination of “quality academic offerings and affordable cost.”

Among the other schools to earn Fiske’s best buy distinction are Cal Tech, St. Olaf College, Wabash College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Fiske says, “Wooster is renowned in academic circles…more intellectually serious than competitors such as Denison…[and] prides itself on turning better-than-average students into real scholars.”

One Wooster student told the guide’s editors, “The climate is collaborative and the research skills you develop are second to none,” while another described fellow students as “busy, hardworking, interesting, diverse, intelligent, friendly, and passionate.”

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: initiative, self-confidence, independent judgment, creative problem solving, and strong written and oral communication skills.

Founded in 1866, Wooster enrolls approximately 2,000 students, who choose from more than 50 academic programs in the sciences, humanities, business and the arts.