WOOSTER, Ohio – The 2020 edition of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” affirms The College of Wooster is “nationally recognized for its commitment to mentored research and its international focus” and compliments its “faculty members … devotion to teaching” among other virtues, while including Wooster among 300 of the “best and most interesting” schools. The latest edition of the admired guidebook was released this week.
Now in its 36th year, the Fiske Guide is considered one of the leading college guidebooks because it provides quotes from current students and information often not found on college websites, thus delivering an insider’s look to college-bound students and their parents at some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland.
This year’s two-page listing on Wooster details the “intellectual refuge in the countryside of Ohio’s” strengths, starting with a curriculum that builds independent thinking from first-year seminar and leading up to its “second-to-none” Independent Study program, a “distinctive requirement (that) actively shapes both the individual student experience and the campus atmosphere.” It also highlights many of the supportive student opportunities Wooster offers along the way – APEX (Advising, Planning, and Experiential Learning), AMRE (Applied Methods and Research Experience) and other summer research projects, and a comprehensive off-campus study program. All of it adds up to “mentorship and collaboration (being) pervasive across campus,” according to one student.
The guide also includes an overview of the “attractive buildings,” even noting Williams Hall of Life Science as the newest addition to campus; the student body, described by one as “eclectic, spirited, and incredibly down-to-earth;” the campus climate, with one student saying the college has “responded aggressively” to the national issue of sexual assault; and much more.
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 wrote the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” to help them, updated annually with the Fiske editorial team.