Wooster Is America's Premier College For Mentored Undergraduate Research

Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. 

The Results Speak For Themselves
  • 96% of Wooster graduates are employed within 6 months of receiving their diplomas.
  • 91% of Wooster grads are accepted in their top choice graduate school including Columbia, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon. 
Wooster Does It Best

Every year since 2002 U.S. News has asked college presidents and deans to name schools with outstanding undergraduate research opportunities and senior capstone programs, only two schools have made both lists every year: Wooster and Princeton.

Distinctive Spirit 

Spend some time on Wooster’s campus and you can’t help but notice that there’s a distinctive spirit here. 

Where else would almost 1,000 people turn out on Homecoming… to watch a cricket match? Or work all night to fill the iconic Kauke Arch with snow? Or treasure an uneaten Tootsie Roll as a badge of distinction and achievement?

A third of Wooster students perform in at least one musical ensemble, a third compete on a varsity team, and one quarter participate in theatre or dance. In all, there are more than 130 student organizations from which to choose.

A Vibrant Local Community 

The City of Wooster is a vibrant community of 27,000 with a strong, diversified economy, a downtown full of great restaurants and shops, national chains like Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle, and Kohl’s, and easy access to outdoor recreation opportunities. Money magazine has named Wooster one of the best places to live in the U.S., “with a thriving culture and diverse economic opportunities.”

Among Our 2,000 Students

  • 46 states and 65 countries represented
  • 24% U.S. students of color
  • 17% international students
  • 69% non-Ohio, 31% in state
  • 54% women, 46% men 

Virtual Tours and Info Sessions

We’d love to have you visit us in person — and hope you will — but if you can’t make it to campus just yet, we offer a variety of virtual events. Learn more and register


Application Deadlines

Early Decision I (Binding)
  • Application Deadline: November 1
  • Notification Date: November 15
  • Deposit Date: December 1
Early Action
  • Application Deadline: November 15
  • Notification Date: December 31
  • Deposit Date: May 1
Early Decision II (Binding)
  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Notification Date: February 1
  • Deposit Date: February 15
Regular Decision
  • Application Deadline: February 15
  • Notification Date: April 1
  • Deposit Date: May 1
Required Application Materials
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Academic Recommendation (Teacher)
  • SAT or ACT Scores (Optional-see test policy)
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants only)

Financial Aid

We understand that families are often curious, and may be overwhelmed, when it comes to projecting college costs. This is why it is our goal to provide information to applicants and their families about how to make college more affordable.  Wooster is particularly fortunate to have incredibly successful and loyal alumni who donate generously, allowing us to provide surprisingly large aid awards.

This year, for example, more than 80% of our students received some assistance.  Over $50 million of this aid takes the form of merit scholarships and need-based grants that are offered to students without any repayment obligation. Other major forms of financial aid available to Wooster students includes over $7 million in loans and $1 million in campus employment opportunities.  The average financial aid package for 2021-22 was over $47,000.  

And don’t forget, our generous merit scholarships reward your hard work and academic achievement and are guaranteed for all four years.

Early Aid Estimator

We offer current high school seniors the opportunity to receive an estimate of their eligibility for merit scholarships and need-based aid.  It’s quick, easy and free. Most of the information needed to complete the Early Aid Estimator can be found on your high school transcript (for merit aid estimate) and your parents’ 2019 federal tax forms (for need-based estimate). With this information the Early Aid Estimator can be completed in less than 10 minutes!

Complete the Early Aid Estimator online  by November 1. We will evaluate the completed information you submit and provide a customized estimate of your financial aid eligibility at Wooster.

Visit Wooster

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and based on guidance from local, state, and national health organizations. The Office of Admissions offers campus tours and interviews.  Learn more about current visit options and register!