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Put Your IB Skills to Work with Research and Experiential Learning

Since 2002, U.S. News has consistently recognized outstanding undergraduate research and senior capstone projects. Only Princeton University and The College of Wooster have earned spots on both lists each year. Independent Study (I.S.) replaces one of your four classes each semester of senior year, offering an exclusive opportunity to research a topic you care about. During this period, you're a scholar engaged in 1:1 mentorship, ensuring your I.S. experience is unique and impactful. 

As a Scot, you'll also enhance your college journey through internships, study abroad, service commitments, and intentional career planning.

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Three Ways your IB Diploma Will Impress



You have taken responsibility for your own learning.

Your Theory of Knowledge for the IB diploma will make you aware of yourself as a thinker willing to ask challenging questions and try different approaches to learning. 


You are ready to do undergraduate research.

In a top college setting like Wooster, your senior capstone integrates and synthesizes all you have learned in one piece of researched, scholarly work.


You have expanded learning beyond academic study.

The Creativity, Activity, Service element of the IB diploma involves applying your
knowledge in purposeful activities that stretch your cultural understanding.

Scholarship Information

Wooster gives us generous merit aid to domestic students who complete the IBDP. You'll be automatically considered for our Dean's Scholarship, but as an IBDP candidate, we encourage you to apply for our College Scholar Award.

International students who are IBDP candidates are also recipients of some of our most generous aid. We are committed to our global student population.

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Graduated Students Employed or in Graduate School

At Wooster, you'll have the support you need for internships and success far beyond the classroom.


Princeton Review's "Best Schools for Making an Impact"

Wooster made an appearance on the list in the private college sector. If you choose to be a Scot, you're choosing to see ROI.


The Number of Countries Our Students Represent

The fact that 15% of our student body is international gives you the opportunity to enhance your global knowledge.

Margaret Steward '26

Chemistry Major

Thomas Jefferson High School, Seattle, Washington

"The transition from IB to higher academia finds its sweet spot in Wooster; my high school experience gave me foundational reading, writing and analytical skills, which Wooster has helped me further develop and polish. (Wooster's famous Independent Study is essentially a bigger, more robust and hands-on Extended Essay, after all!)

My CAS hours and the commitment to community service instilled in me are sentiments reflected in the student body on campus, and there are myriad opportunities to get involved with both the town of Wooster and Wayne County at large." 

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Applying to Wooster

There is no fee or supplemental essay, and you are automatically considered for scholarships up to $40,000 annually.
We are test optional and you can choose the Common App or Coalition Application. Additional scholarships are available.
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