WOOSTER, Ohio – The Fiske Guide to Colleges commends The College of Wooster for its approach in teaching students how to think, not what to think, through a “research-based liberal arts curriculum” and for many other quality attributes, while listing Wooster among its 300 top schools in the 2021 edition, released earlier this month.
One of the leading college guidebooks, the Fiske Guide, now in its 37th year, is highly respected for including quotes from actual students, thus helping college-bound students find their best fit via an insider’s look at the top colleges and universities in the U.S., as well as Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland.
Wooster’s two-page summary features a rundown of the curriculum that steadily builds from first-year seminar to the distinctive Independent Study program. One student astutely noted, “Having that big project on the horizon from the day you enroll changes the way you engage with your education, and I think that brings an element of intensity, dedication, and commitment to the academics at Wooster.”
The Fiske editors also praise Wooster’s campus beauty, the abundance of on-campus and off-campus opportunities that are supported by the center for Advising, Planning, and Experiential Learning (APEX), the creative and diverse student body, the fun and quirky traditions, the thriving local community, and much more. Among the comments from Wooster students:
- “Wooster is a school that really celebrates hard work”
- “Students develop specific and deep academic interests”
- “Mentorship and collaboration are pervasive across campus”
- Students are “creative and independent, but not to the extent that it feels overly eccentric”
- And, of course, “Every student leaves Wooster with a love of bagpipes”
Edward B. Fiske served for 17 years as education editor of The New York Times, during which time 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.