Wooster and Princeton, together again for the 14th straight year

Singled out for “stellar” undergraduate research and senior capstone

9 September, 2015 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 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 fourteenth straight year, Wooster has been singled out in two of those categories, undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone programs. Only one other school can make that claim: Princeton University.

The results appear in the 2016 edition of America's Best Colleges, released online today.

"We know our colleagues at Princeton wait anxiously each year to see if they are going to be included once again with Wooster," said Scott Friedhoff, Wooster's vice president for enrollment management and college relations, "so we're happy to see they made it."

The presidents and deans also ranked Wooster number 20 – in a four-way tie with Vassar, Wellesley, and Rhodes – among liberal arts colleges where "the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching."

Overall, Wooster was ranked number 61 among 235 national liberal arts colleges, one of four Ohio schools in the top 75, along with Oberlin (23), Kenyon (25), and Denison (55).

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..." And they noted that Wooster is one of the colleges with the most generous merit aid. Thirty-eight percent of Wooster's students received some form of non-need-based scholarship or grant aid.

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.