Impressions Of
College of Wooster

Academic Experience

Male Business Economics Major C/O 2018

Is there anything you felt your major’s department did especially well or poorly?
Academics were Wooster’s strongest thing for me. I was a huge fan of what they do academically. Business Economics is nice because you get to pick your path in terms of what things interest you. While there is definitely a set of courses that you have to take, there’s a lot of room to take different types of things. You can either branch out and learn a wide variety of things or go down one specific path if you know where you want to direct your career.

Male History Major C/O 2019

How was transitioning academically as a first-generation college student?
I’m an outlier because I was fortunate enough to go to such a high-quality high school. My high school had a college format with two semesters, and I was used to writing papers and having long nights of doing homework, so academically I was ready to rock and roll.

Male Business Economics Major C/O 2018

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
It depended on the years. It started out being mostly problem sets and exams. Later on, there were a couple of classes where the only grades were exams, but you had to study every day because the exams were so hard. I had another class where there were no exams and the entire semester was a big group project. It was a competitive market simulation, so every group was graded on how they did in respect to the rest of the class.

Social Opportunities

Male Business Economics Major C/O 2018

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you like to participate in?
I went out Wednesday usually, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I would usually go to off-campus houses, and then there are a couple of bars in town that people go to. There are also sometimes events on campus that are fun, like there will be concerts a few times a year, or sporting events like football, lacrosse, and basketball games. Basketball games are huge.

Male History Major C/O 2019

Can you describe how your nightlife was different before you joined the fraternity?
Beforehand I was nervous and so uncomfortable. I was a freshman and I went to parties and didn’t know anybody, and it felt weird. After I joined the fraternity it because much easier. I had a group of guys always with me who I went to parties with. Outside of that, if we threw a party it felt like it was my party. It gave me lots of confidence and comfort.

Male Business Economics Major C/O 2018

What kind of nightlife do you like to participate in?
I’d definitely go to house parties. Nobody really goes to bars. Sometimes on Wednesdays people will go to a bar downtown, but downtown is pretty small and underdeveloped, so the bars aren’t super fun. I went out pretty frequently on the weekends. I went out almost every Friday and Saturday and many Wednesdays.

One of the interesting things about the party scene at Wooster is that the places that throw parties shift year to year. You’d have to figure out which houses had people living in it that wanted to throw parties and do it in a way that security wouldn’t shut it down.

Campus Culture

Male Business Economics Major C/O 2018

What is the impact of Greek life on the social scene?
I think it’s a very, very big part of it. Not that you have to be a part of Greek life to be a part of that social scene, but the social scene does revolve around Greek parties and athlete parties. Anyone can go to them, so you’ll be fine with neither of those groups there.

Male History Major C/O 2019

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
Not very well. In the Black community, those who are gay are not represented that well. I feel like there’s a divide in that you choose to be part of the LGBTQ community or you are part of the Black Student Association. There isn’t a lot of blending.

How would you describe the social scene?
It needs improvement in that outside of Greek life if there is a group that you are not part of, the likelihood of you knowing somebody in that group or even where they hang out is pretty unlikely. My friends and I talked about this, and it’s like you’re either in a fraternity, you play a varsity sport or intramural sports, and if not you’re in some club. Every student is in one of those four things and their friends are in one of those four things with them.

Male Business Economics Major C/O 2018

How would you describe the overall social scene at Wooster?
There’s a pretty big split. About half of the campus never goes to parties and want to do different types of stuff. The other half of campus likes to go to parties, some are more intense than others. There’s one section of the social scene that will try to party all the time, and then there’s a whole spectrum down to people who come to parties but don’t drink. I have a few friends that do that.

One thing I should mention is that junior and senior year my roommate and I would throw a [small party] almost every weekend and around 30 people would pretty consistently come through.

Do you think people leave Wooster happy with their choice? Do you think people love Wooster?
It totally goes both ways. I really had a good time at Wooster, I’m glad I went. But, you’ll hear people complaining about Wooster. Even I was like, “Wow, this place sucks” sometimes. Complaining about the experience is kind of a way to bond with people. Overall, I think there’s a mix. There are some people who really did not like Wooster, and there are a lot of people, even if they did complain, actually did enjoy their time.

Pros of

  • There are no city lights or noise or anything because you’re surrounded by cornfields.
  • Because Wooster’s a small town, you get to know the community very well.
  • Cleveland and Akron are both about an hour away, and Columbus is about an hour and a half away.

Cons of

  • There are racism problems and incidents. With the political climate, you’re bound to see it. It’s not something that is predominant, but you do see it.
  • The townies are not super friendly. [There have been instances of them throwing stuff out of cars at students.] I don’t want to generalize all of them, but there is some ill will with the townspeople of having these rich, entitled college kids living in their town.
  • There is a pretty big demographic difference between the townspeople and the students. The town is pretty conservative, while the students are not, [65% of Wayne County voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Election].

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male Business Economics Major C/O 2018

What is something you wish you knew about Wooster before you entered as a freshman?
I wish I knew how academically challenging it was going to be. I had no idea.

Male History Major C/O 2019

What is something that a prospective Black, First-Gen, or LGBT student may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
Your communities are small if you’re a Black student or a first-generation student. Even though they’re small, find solace in those who also have the same experiences as you. I have found that those who have been able to empathize with me have been able to help me grow and allow me to know that you’re not alone. Sometimes being on this campus can feel kind of suffocating with all the work they give you, so being able to find other people like you who are also going through the same stuff as you and have gotten out of the fire will give you extra motivation.

Male Business Economics Major C/O 2018

What is something you wish you knew about Wooster before you entered as a freshman?
I wish I knew how much your reputation matters. Everybody talks at Wooster because it’s a small campus. I wish I had known the extent to which if you’re interacting with people a lot, that stuff gets spread around. Everybody knows stuff about each other.

Reasons to attend and not to attend College of Wooster

To Attend

  •  There is lots of academic support. If you ever need help, the professors truly want to meet with you and they want to help you.
  • If you are someone who is thinking about getting your Ph.D. or going those extra educational steps outside of undergrad, Wooster is excellent because the Independent Study is a high-level dissertation.
  • If you are somebody who likes to be pushed, definitely look at Wooster.

To Not Attend

  • For the academic rigor that you’re going to experience, it doesn’t have the recognition throughout the rest of the country that another school with that rigor would have.
  • You’re not going to have crazy wild parties every night.
  • You can’t live off-campus. You can’t have the freedom to have an apartment by yourself your senior year.
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