The College of Wooster may be considered small with 2,000 students, but it is mighty! The WKYC morning teaming has been using Wooster mugs all week to celebrate the “Fighting Scots.”
Here are some fun facts about the school and student life you may not know.
- Wooster’s tagline is “America’s Premier College for Undergraduate Research” because its comprehensive liberal arts education culminates in a rigorous senior project, in which every student (not just those in an honor program) 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.
- Every year since 2002 U.S. News & World Report has asked college presidents and deans to name schools with outstanding undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone programs, only two schools have made both lists every year: Wooster and Princeton.
- Wooster is the newest member, and one of just eight schools nationwide, to be part of the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium, which means that over winter break more than two dozen seniors interviewed in New York City and Washington, D.C., with recruiters from top-notch employers
- Wooster was recently listed in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck”
- Wooster students “Fill the Arch” of the main academic building, Kauke Arch, following the first significant snow fall each year, and legend has it that classes will be cancelled the next day
- Another unique Wooster tradition is called I.S. Monday. On the Monday following spring break, all seniors are required to turn in their senior Independent Study (which is a significant piece of original research, scholarship, or creative expression of the student’s choosing, aided by the year-long support and guidance of a faculty mentor). Once 5 p.m. hits that Monday, the fun begins, as a parade through campus that resembles an “academic Mardi Gras” takes place.
- Wooster is home to the winningest NCAA men’s basketball team of the 2000s. In terms of winning percentage, Wooster (.830) holds a better mark than Duke (.823), Kansas (.818), and every other NCAA Div. I, II, and III team in the country.