The College of Wooster • Wooster, United States
The prestigious College of Wooster is a private liberal arts college in the state of Ohio, USA. You can find the campus around 153 km northeast of the city of Columbus. Home to over 2,000 undergraduate students, the college was founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1866, when it was then known as the University of Wooster. The institution still has ties to the church today. Its motto is ‘Scientia et religio ex uno fonte,’ or in English; ‘Knowledge and religion from one source’ and its colours are old gold and black.
The college has approximately 170 members on its academic staff and operates a successful independent study programme, where senior (final) year students work on a substantial body of work as a final year project (often a thesis) on a one-on-one basis with an academic member of staff.
There are 16 residence halls on campus, while most of the students reside in the college’s 30 programme houses. An art museum may also be found at the college. It was established to compliment and aid art courses at Wooster, and has been functioning since the 1930s. As well as this art museum, the college has a library made up of three branches, namely Andrews Library, The Flo K. Gault Library, and the Timken Science Library. Additionally, there is a music library at the Scheide Music Center.
The school is well-known for and has success in various extra-curricular areas, such as athletics, baseball, basketball, football, and the performing arts. Wooster remains connected to its Scottish heritage, its nickname being ‘Fighting Scots.’
The College of Wooster has earned an extremely good name. It is repeatedly ranked among the best liberal arts colleges in the USA, and praised for its undergraduate research opportunities. Impressively, it was also one of the 40 colleges mentioned in Loren Pope’s book ‘Colleges That Change Lives,’ where he calls it the ‘original best-kept secret in higher education.’
The school has many associations, such as being a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, The Five Colleges of Ohio, and the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.