Impressions Of
College of Wooster

Academic Experience

Female Undeclared on Major C/O 2021

Is there anything you feel Wooster has done particularly well or poorly so far academically?
Something that’s been done well is the [quality of] professors. Most of my professors have been very open to helping me if I need it and are willing to support me academically.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I don’t think it’s competitive. People usually support each other. If you need help, you just ask and you’ll get the help from students or the professor.

How was transitioning academically as a first-generation student? Were there any resources or systems in place that helped you adapt?
Academically, it was difficult. It’s very different from high school and there wasn’t anybody who told me how different it was going to be. But, there is a lot of support from professors and my advisor. There are also a lot of resources like the Writing Center, the Learning Center, and APEX.

Male Business Economics Major C/O 2018

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
Business Economics is a unique major at Wooster. You’re in the Economics department so you take all the Economics courses that the Economics majors take, but then, instead of taking other elective courses, you have to take accounting courses more business-focused courses, like marketing, finance, and things like that. Work-wise, I was doing problem sets pretty regularly, reading, and writing papers. Wooster is known for its mentored undergraduate research, so I pretty much always had a separate research project going on.

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

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
It’s a lot of lab work. This year I have three labs a week, and each is about two hours long. Outside of that I’m typically doing homework for about 3-4 hours. Homework also consists of writing my Independent Study (I.S.) which takes a lot of time. On top of that you have all the other projects and work for the other classes.

Is there anything that you feel your major’s department does especially well or poorly?
One thing that isn’t really seen is that every professor is incredibly empathetic in the sense that they truly want to get to know you as a student. Every single one of my professors has made an effort towards every single student to get to know them. It’s not something they do forcefully, it’s just something that happens whether it’s through lab work or office hours. They are just really genuine people. On top of that, they do incredibly well with communication. They communicate with each other to make sure that exams don’t overlap, to not overwhelm the students. They communicate with us as well far in advance that we have an exam coming up.

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.

What have been some of your favorite times at Wooster?
I.S. Monday is the day when all the seniors turn in their senior thesis project, and you have to turn that in to graduate from Wooster. It’s a big deal for the seniors, but the whole community really comes together, and basically everyone takes the Monday off from school and parties the whole day. It’s a pretty good time.

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.

How has being a person who identifies as LGBT influenced your nightlife experience?
It has not at all. That is partially because I’m not the kind of person who goes to parties and tries to hook up with people. I’ve always been a laid-back guy, so at least for me, I’ll go to a party and talk to whoever.

How happy are you with the nightlife at Wooster? Is there anything you would change if you could?
If I could change anything it would be the variety. Every weekend it gets monotonous because the same people throw parties. There is nothing fresh, it’s always the same thing. I also wish there were bars and a more of a college feel to the bars.

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.

What is the impact of Greek life on nightlife?
Greek life is definitely around. They’re not national, so they’re specific to Wooster. They do throw parties sometimes, but they [aren’t allowed to have houses anymore]. Student groups now have houses, so people still live in the houses. It’s a weird system, but there is one dorm building that Greek life is officially in and every floor is a different group. There are a lot of parties in that building because they have common areas where they can have parties. Sometimes there will be people in a house for a volunteer program and they end up all being from the same frat, so then they will have parties. So, they do throw parties, but the core of the party scene is not just frats. There is still a lot of parties that are not Greek involved at all.

Campus Culture

Female Undeclared on Major C/O 2021

How did you meet your closest friends?
One of my closest friends I met through being in the same ARCH group. The rest I met through other friends.

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientation mix socially?
With different sexual orientations, there are clubs for that and allies are encouraged to go to meetings. There are also organizations on campus that help get people of the same race or ethnicity together to discuss campus situations and usually meetings are open to everybody. But, usually the people who should be hearing suggestions and advice about it aren’t there. I think they’re trying and little by little it’ll get better. [See article, “Hundreds of College of Wooster students, concerned over numerous issues, stage sit-in.”]

If at all, how has identifying as pansexual influenced your social life?
I don’t think it’s impacted my social life in any way. When I tell people, they aren’t fazed by it and don’t have anything to say about it.

Male Business Economics Major C/O 2018

How did you meet your closest friends?
Through my sport and my fraternity. I also have a bunch of close friends I met freshman year or I met through classes. Everyone is really friendly and it’s not hard to meet a very diverse group of people.

How would you describe the overall social scene at Wooster?
It’s what you make of it.

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

How did you meet your closest friends?
Through my major and my fraternity.

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.

Wooster, OH

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

Female Undeclared on Major C/O 2021

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
They should go to a club meeting for a club they might be interested in.

What is something a prospective LGBT+ student may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
I would just encourage them to go to the clubs and organizations here on campus, like Queer People of Color (QPOC). They’re very informational and people are always very nice.

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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