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  • By, Renée and Mary


College of the Month


Location: Wooster, Ohio, a community of 27,000, approximately 55 miles southwest of Cleveland

Established: December 18, 1866

Mascot: ‘Fighting Scots’

After our visit to The College of Wooster, we were very excited to share this brilliant establishment with our students. The College of Wooster-COW is known for its undergraduate research and strong liberal arts based academics. Just as important, the beautiful campus is filled with diverse and curious students. The College of Wooster is a significant option for students looking for a place to nurture their talents and help develop their independence. Be sure to learn more about The College of Wooster as you begin your college search:, Cheers! Renée and Mary


  • The College of Wooster’s initials are: COW

  • Every year since 2002, U.S. News & World Report has asked college presidents and deans which colleges provide the best undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone experiences. Only two have made both lists every year: Wooster and Princeton.

  • Money magazine has named Wooster one of the best places to live in the U.S., “with a thriving culture and diverse economic opportunities.”

  • COW has an inn on campus with a golf course, so students get to golf for free.

  • It also is one of the only colleges in the USA that offers Footgolf: (Footgolf is a precision sport in which players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible.)

  • COW beat Ohio State University in football in1890.

  • Wooster holds the national record attendance at a homecoming game for the sport of cricket.

  • Students receive Tootsie Rolls for turning in their senior year Independent Study. Some students dip the Tootsie Roll in gold to keep it forever. (The COW Independent Study is the culmination of a four-year journey to intellectual independence: a yearlong project.)

  • The Wooster Band’s uniforms are kilts.


  • “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.”

  • 95% of Wooster graduates are employed within 6 months.

  • 94% of Wooster graduates are accepted in their top choice graduate school.


  • Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research.

  • Students can take advantage of opportunities to work with faculty on research projects as early as the second semester of his/her first year.

  • Each Wooster senior works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize, and complete a significant piece of original research, scholarship, or creative expression.

  • COW offers performing arts scholarships, but students don't have to major or minor in it.

  • The Student Investment Club works with four million dollars of college endowment and the Return on Investments goes back into the college’s scholarships.

  • There are many summer research opportunities.

  • Wooster has an Entrepreneurship Center.


  • Student-faculty ratio: 11 to 1.

  • Average class size is 18.

  • Total enrollment (2017): 2,000.

  • The make up of the student body is 54% women, 46% men, 20% U.S. students of color and 13% international.

  • Student population: 37% Ohio residents, 63% non-Ohio residents.

  • The students hail from 43 states and 54 countries.

  • Students living on-campus: 99%.

  • The downtown is walking distance from campus and it is diversified with a chockfull of great restaurants, shops, and national chains like Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle, and Kohl’s, and easy access to outdoor recreation opportunities.

  • There are two major hospitals near campus.

  • Smuckers and Rubbermaid are two major companies located in and around town.

  • There are eight bowling alleys and a pool table room located on campus.

  • Athletics: 23 intercollegiate teams (NCAA Division III)


  • Median GPA 3.66

  • Median SAT Verbal-610

  • Median SAT Math-605

  • Median SAT Writing-605

  • Median ACT Composite-27.5

  • Application is located on Common App.

  • Early Decision I & II: November 1 & January 15

  • Early Action: November 15

  • Regular Decision: February 15

See Our Gallery under About Us for pictures of the College of Wooster campus.

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