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The College of Wooster
Motto Scientia et religio ex uno fonte
(Science and religion from one source)
Established 1866
School type Private
President R. Stanton Hales
Location Wooster, Ohio, USA
Campus Suburban, 240 acres
Enrollment ~ 1,800 undergraduate,
0 graduate
Faculty ~ 130
Mascot Fighting Scot
Athletics 22 varsity sports teams
Homepage www.wooster.edu

The College of Wooster is a liberal arts college with fewer than 2000 students located in Wooster, Ohio, in Wayne County, Ohio. Founded in 1866 by the Presbyterian church as the University of Wooster, it was from its creation a co-educational institution. The school is a member of The Five Colleges of Ohio and the Great Lakes Colleges Association.

It became racially integrated in the 1880s, an undergraduate-only college in 1915, and independent from the church in 1969, although it maintains a loose affiliation with the Presbyterian church, particularly through its cooperation with the Westminster Presbyterian Church, which uses the College's McGaw Chapel for its services.

The College of Wooster is noteworthy for its Independent Study program, under which all students complete a thesis or other significant project in their senior year. The program has received considerable attention from other schools, and other colleges have modeled programs after it. In 2003, the IS program was recognized by US News and World Report as the second best "senior capstone experience" in the US, coming in behind India and Pakistan. Distinguished faculty have included Dijana Plestina, who was the first lady of Croatia.

Wooster is a member of the NCAA Div-III North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). Its school colors are black and old gold, and its mascot is the "Fighting Scot." Scottish culture is an important part of the school's spirit - its football games, in addition to the standard marching band, features a small pipe band. In recent years, the athletic teams at Wooster have had considerable success. Among other achievements, the baseball team has made three appearances in the NCAA Division III World Series and a league-record nine NCAC championships; the men's basketball team has nine NCAC regular season championships, nine NCAC Tournament titles, and 12 appearances in the Div-III NCAA Tournament; and in 2004 the football team went undefeated in the regular season and won its first outright NCAC conference championship.

Kauke Hall Scovel Hall COW Athletic Fields

The current president of the college is mathematics professor R. Stanton Hales, former United States singles badminton champion and senior United States singles badminton champion in 2002.

Notable Alumni

  • Karl Compton - President of MIT (1908)
  • Donald L. Kohn _ Member of the Board of Govenors of the United States Federal Reserve (1964)
  • Timothy Smucker _ C.E.O. of J.M. Smucker (1967)
  • Vince Cellini _ current host on The Golf Channel and former anchor for CNN Sports (1981)

External Links

  • The College of Wooster (http://www.wooster.edu)

  Results from FactBites:
College of Wooster - Online College Guide Written For Students By Students (528 words)
From the classes to the professors, Wooster stands apart from the crowd because of its small class size, personal attention from professors, and individualized educational experience.
Wooster students are also not very concerned with looks.
Wooster’s athletics are well respected by other colleges in the conference.
The College of Wooster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1566 words)
The University of Wooster was founded in 1866 by Presbyterians who wanted to do their part in the education of young people, and in 1870 opened its doors with a faculty of five and a student body of thirty men and four women.
The College of Wooster is noteworthy for its Independent Study program, under which all students complete a thesis or other significant project during the course of their senior year.
Wooster is a member of the NCAA Div-III North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC).
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