WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster is not only recommended by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s top schools again in its latest guidebook, “The Best 385 Colleges: 2020 Edition,” in which only 13 percent of U.S. four-year colleges are listed, but it ranks among the top-20 schools in seven different categories that the publication put out. The 28th annual edition of “Best Colleges” was released earlier this week.
The Princeton Review’s top-20 rankings lists are based entirely on data from 140,000 student surveys at its top colleges, and Wooster’s seven inclusions were:
- No. 4 – “Most Accessible Professors”
- No. 5 – “Students Study the Most”
- No. 6 – “Lots of Race/Class Interaction”
- No. 12 – “Best Schools for Internships”
- No. 14 – “Best Classroom Experience”
- No. 20 – “Best Career Services”
- No. 20 – “Best College Library”
The Princeton Review also calculates eight ratings on each school, with Wooster standing out in academics (97 out of 99), quality of life (91), and financial aid (91).
Wooster, among The Princeton Review’s lists of the country’s “Best Midwestern” and “Best Value Colleges” as well, was praised for offering “a truly stellar education” by professors who “shape their students into lifelong learners” and a “campus community (that) is friendly beyond measure” in its two-page profile. The author took note of Wooster’s emphasis on mentored research, its generous opportunities for research and internships—a nod towards the center for Advising, Planning, and Experiential Learning (APEX) —and a diverse, enthusiastic, and welcoming student body.
The publication saved its strongest endorsement for Wooster’s faculty, sharing compelling and direct quotes from students who filled out the survey. One said, “It’s as if your professor is a colleague on your quest for eternal knowledge,” while another remarked “my success is a product of my professors’ enthusiasm towards their subject matter and our futures,” while other thoughts included the challenging work “teaches students to write exceptionally” and that “collaborative work and experience” are prioritized.
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