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Wooster Welcomes the Class of 2019

Impressive group selected from more than 5,800 applicants

28 August, 2015 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – With a bit of pomp and a healthy dose of piping, The College of Wooster this week welcomed 581 new students – 567 first-years and 14 transfer students – to campus to begin the 2015-16 academic year.

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The new students, selected from a pool of more than 5,800 applicants, are an impressive group:

  • Nearly half ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.
  • Almost two dozen were high school valedictorians.
  • They come from 36 states and 27 countries. Some have travelled thousands of miles to attend Wooster, from Singapore, Thailand, Pakistan and Ethiopia, while others hail from just across town.
  • The newest Scots represent more than 20 different faiths. One in three is either a domestic student of color or an international student.

During Thursday's Convocation, which officially opened Wooster's 146th academic year, Interim President Georgia Nugent took a moment to reflect on the college's core values, and especially on its strong sense of community, with "faculty, staff and students working together, a community in which we all have the opportunity to be teachers and learners."

With its rigorous liberal arts curriculum, grounded in mentored student research, Wooster provides, as President Howard Lowry famously said, "an aristocratic education on democratic principles."

"We might choose a different word than 'aristocratic' today," Nugent observed, but the central promise embodied in Lowry's declaration remains. "Wooster offers the best of opportunities, and the opportunity to be our best, to all people."

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.