WOOSTER, Ohio – In assessing The College of Wooster, the newest edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges gets right to the point. “Mentored undergraduate research is the heart of a Wooster education,” the authors write, and “students praise faculty members for their devotion to teaching and mentoring.”
Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017offers a selective and systematic look at more than 300 top colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
In Wooster’s case, that means delving into a distinctive academic program built on mentored student research, and capped by a yearlong senior research project, which “lets students explore subjects they’re passionate about with one-on-one faculty guidance,” Fiske says. That’s how Wooster has been able to create a long and distinguished record of “turning above-average students into real scholars.”
The guide also covers a broad range of other subjects, including Wooster’s student body, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, and extracurricular activities, including some very unique ones. “Students in the Jenny Investment Club manage a $3.4 million portion of the college’s assets,” Fiske notes with amazement. (And yes, that’s $3.4 million in real money.)
Edward B. Fiske served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times, where he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He is also the coauthor of the Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College.
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.