U.S.News 2018 cover

Wooster Featured in U.S. News’s “Road Trip” Series

One of four Ohio colleges selected for a two-page spread in highly-regarded issue

19 October, 2017 by Hugh Howard

WOOSTER, Ohio – In early September, it was announced that U.S. News & World Report editors recognized The College of Wooster again for its undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone program, and now that the 2018 edition of its “Best Colleges” issue has hit newsstands, readers can also discover that Wooster was featured in its “Take a Road Trip” series.

One of four colleges highlighted in Ohio – U.S. News’s reporters also took road trips within North Carolina and Washington – a detailed summary of Wooster appears on a two-page spread (pg. 54-55). Deputy editor Michael Morella, who spent a day on campus in April, rightly began the piece with a depiction of Independent Study, the centerpiece of Wooster’s education, even noting “the close-knit community it fosters among classmates and with professors.”

The write-up goes on to mix in basic facts, such as location, number of majors, and student-faculty-ratio, with nuggets on program houses, filling Kauke Arch with snow, and Wooster’s center for Advising, Planning, and Experiential Learning. Five students – Jared Berg ‘17, Spencer Gilbert ’17, Rachel Molé ‘17, Chadwick Smith ’17, and Gina Williamson ’17 – were quoted in the piece.

In addition to being one of two schools listed in the “student success” categories of undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone program for the 16th straight year (Princeton University is the other), Wooster appears several other times in the highly-regarded magazine. It is one of 71 schools on the list for “A+ Schools for B Students” and ranked No. 63 among all national liberal arts colleges, one of just four Ohio schools among the top 100.

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.