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The College of Wooster

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I researched colleges extensively before I came here.Quite BrightUndecided
I researched colleges extensively before I came here. I visited campus twice. What Wooster presents itself to be and what it really is are two totally separate things. I left after my freshman year. To summarize:

PROS
The campus is beautiful. The sunrises over the golf course are amazing.
The professors are interesting and approachable.
The classes were an easy 4.0. If you took AP or Honors classes in high school, you will be able to do well and have a job.

If you enjoyed playing several high school sports, you can continue playing all of them at Wooster. The college is very accommodating to it's athletes and the level of sports is still high school. So is the band.

CONS
The city of Wooster is divided as follows:

Downtown - This is NOT a college town. The streets roll up at 5:00.
The area between town and campus - I was harassed by the "townies" every time I walked to the drug mart.

Campus - too bad they don't shovel the sidewalks in the winter. Don't bother filling up the arch, they won't cancel class.

The North end of town where all the low end chains are. Do you really want to hang out at Applebee's and Longhorn?

Amish in their buggies and "Townies" driving through campus. Horses and sports cars. An interesting mix.

The dorms and their communal bathrooms are horrendous. Filthy, especially when they are not cleaned on the weekend. People were constantly putting their leftover noodles in the sink. There are no garbage disposals in the sinks.

You can't control the heat in the dorm room. You open your window and everyone standing outside is smoking. Do you want to cool off or die of second-hand smoke.....your choice.

Do you honestly want to live in a dorm all four years??
The only time the dorm food was good was when the alumni were on campus. You have to pay to eat this food for four years.

The complete and total lack of anything to do. This town lacks any type of culture. Once again, this is NOT a college town.

If you want to go to graduate school, you can get your Master's thesis done senior year. If you want a job when you graduate in four years, not so much. It truly is a glorified high school vs an actual college.

Is Wooster worth the ridiculous amount of tuition they are now charging.? , If you don't get a scholarship it's not.

I could not wait to leave. I am so glad I did.

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Social Life: F
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The College of Wooster should be thoughtBright
The College of Wooster should be thought
of as two separate entities: The faculty and
the administration. Taken as a whole I think
the faculty is top notch. I would not trade the
academic experience that I had for anything.
However, the administration absolutely
nullifies anything positive that I would say
to a prospective student. Administration and
Security both turned the College into a racket.
The security officers are either active or former
Police officers. Many other colleges reprimand
students academically as opposed to calling
Police, but this College itches to catch you
on any possible infraction, call an on duty
Officer, and deliver underage drinking
or possession charges. This didn't happen
To me, but the change happened while
I was in attendance and many people
I know graduated with it on their records.
To get to the point, if you can fly under
the radar, a degree from this College
is great for future employment, but
always remember they are out to getyou and your money.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Preparedness: B+ Reputation: A+
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The College of Wooster is great for feedingQuite BrightPhysics
The College of Wooster is great for feeding into graduate school and giving preparation for students in terms of research and doing homework.

However, everything else is abysmal. The college is insanely expensive. $43000 per year in tuition. $9000 per year for a room (which you have to share with another person, and you must share bathrooms/kitchens with dozens of other), which is about $1100 per month for the 8 months per year that you are allowed to be in your room. The cost of food is also about $5000 per year, which is about $26 a day for 1 single cafeteria, 2 starbucks, and a fast food burger shack.

The college also has NO CAREER FAIRS whatsoever, and the only recruiters that come to campus are from Teach for America and the Peace Corps. Do NOT COME TO WOOSTER IF YOU WANT A JOB AFTER YOU GRADUATE. Professors also never have industry connections.

Other things: Textbooks are a racket (like they are elsewhere). If you take intro chem or intro physics, plan to spend $230 per class (even from, say, amazon) on a single textbook+online HW.

No dorm rooms have AC, so in the first and last months of each year all rooms (except for one or two houses) are 90 degrees or higher Fahrenheit during the day.

It is also impossible to get scheduling done right, too. Most classes that are required for your major are only going to be offered twice at all during your 4 year stay. One of those will be either too early (fresh, soph) or too late (jun, sen) for you to take. Plan on not being able to take some classes due to scheduling conflicts, because most classes aren't offered more than once per year (except intro classes)!Please do not go here...there are so many reasons. If you want, contact any upper-level student and just ask them to list them all.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Faculty Accessibility: A, Useful Schoolwork: C
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