WOOSTER, Ohio – The new edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guide ranks The College of Wooster number nine in the nation among liberal arts colleges with the “best undergraduate teaching.” The editors also singled out Wooster and Princeton again for the excellence of their undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone programs – the only two schools that have been recognized in both categories for 17 straight years.
Each year since 2002, U.S. News has surveyed college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of admissions, and deans of students to identify colleges with “outstanding examples” of senior capstones, research opportunities, and six other programs that education experts, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities, feel are key to student success.
In a pair of firsts, Wooster was among the 39 national liberal arts colleges featured among the “Most Innovative Schools,” defined as those making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities, and reached the top-20 in the “Foreign Student Factor,” which tallies the proportion of international students in the student body. (Wooster is at 13 percent and should rise further when this year’s incoming class is included.)
Additionally, Wooster was noted again as an “A+ School for B Students,” described as institutions where non-superstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving – where spirit and hard work could make all the difference to the admissions office, and among the top-100 national liberal arts “Best Value Schools.”
Overall, Wooster ranked 67th of the 229 national liberal arts colleges, and was one of four Ohio schools in the top-75 along with peers Kenyon College, Oberlin College, and Denison University.
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.