College of Wooster
An aspiration for excellence has marked The College of Wooster since its founding in 1866. Nationally regarded for its leadership in undergraduate education in the natural sciences, international affairs and business, Wooster's innovative curriculum emphasizes independent learning. The keystone of Wooster's curriculum is Independent Study (I.S.), which has had a proven record of success for more than 50 years. I.S. requires every student in the senior year to explore, with a faculty mentor, a particular topic or problem in his or her major. These tutorials result in theses, musical performances, scientific research, creative writing, theatrical productions and exhibitions. The challenge of I.S. is supported through the most generous faculty research and study program in the United States, which permits faculty members to work in major research centers around the world.
Wooster grants the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Music Education degrees. More than 90 percent of Wooster faculty members hold doctorates or terminal degrees, and a student may choose from approximately 40 major fields of study. Approximately 1,800 students from 45 states and 40 countries are enrolled, with a student-faculty ratio of 11/1.