We’ve compiled the following frequently asked questions for international applicants. If you don’t see your question, please contact Reon Sines-Sheaff, Director of International Admissions at [email protected].

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid to international students?

All admitted international students are eligible for consideration of financial assistance based on both academic merit and financial need. The stronger a student’s application, the greater the chance they have of receiving a scholarship award. Wooster’s International Scholarship Committee considers grades, essays, recommendation letters, test score, activities, and financial need.
Most students are expected to contribute at least half of the costs of their education, although there are a limited number of larger scholarship awards, up to a maximum of full tuition. The total cost of a College of Wooster education, including tuition, fees, housing, meals, books, and international student health insurance is currently $71,000 per year.
The Wooster application is free on the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Students who submit all admissions materials and are admitted will receive their scholarship decision at the time of admission in the form of the Wooster International Scholarship, which includes both merit and need-based aid.

In addition to scholarships, students are also provided the opportunity for campus employment. Students who work approximately 8-10 hours per week can earn approximately $3,000 per year. The maximum amount of hours you may work on campus is 20 hours per week during the academic year (up to 40 hours per week during the school breaks).

Are there other scholarships available besides the Wooster International Scholarship?

The majority of international students receive the Wooster International Scholarship. However, there are a few specific scholarship opportunities available that some international students may qualify for. See below for more information.

Model UN Leadership Award

The Model UN Leadership Award, valued at $2,000 annually, recognizes first-year applicants who demonstrate leadership and growth through their high school Model UN experiences and intend to continue to do so at Wooster. Award recipients will be expected to join Wooster’s Model UN, which is consistently recognized for its award-winning success at two national conferences. The application and requirements are available here. Applicants must complete the Application for Admission and the Model UN Leadership Award Application by their preferred deadline: November 15, 2020, for notification by December 31; or January 1, 2021, for notification by April 1.

Performing Arts Scholarship

The competitive Performing Arts Scholarships, ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 per year, are made to students on the basis of accomplishment and promise in music, theatre/dance, or Scottish Arts. Students receiving the award need not major in the area, but are required to participate in various programs throughout their time at Wooster. Applicants must complete all necessary materials by November 15, 2020. A second round of applications will be accepted until January 1, 2021.

Guo Bingwen Wooster-China Friendship Grant

The Guo Bingwen Wooster-China Friendship Grant, which offers recipients a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year for four years), is available to Chinese students who start at The College of Wooster as freshmen.

The Guo Grant is named after Chinese alumnus Dr. Bingwen Guo (Ping-Wen Kuo), who graduated from Wooster in 1911. Dr. Guo went on to earn his Ph.D. from Columbia University and became founder and president of National Southeast University in Nanjing in 1921. Devoting his life to education and the idea of the liberal arts, Dr. Guo sought to balance a well-rounded education with a specialized one, with a focus on international learning.

Recipients of this award will uphold Dr. Guo’s passion for a liberal arts education. Like Dr. Guo, they are encouraged to participate in on-campus activities and share Chinese culture on campus. No additional application is necessary; students holding Chinese citizenship will be considered for this award on the basis of their involvement in their high school and local community.

What opportunities exist for funding at Wooster during my education?

Wooster provides a unique opportunity for international students to receive fellowships to take advantage of research and internship opportunities, both in the U.S. and abroad, and even start their own business. Please click on the following to learn more: APEX Fellowships, Copeland funding, Applied Methods and Research Experience, and Launch Club. Most Wooster international students complete at least one internship, and many also receive funding for research projects. Wooster alumni have even started their own companies while at Wooster with Launch and Video Pitch funding!

Can I work on campus at Wooster?

Yes, international students may work on campus. Students on an F-1 visa may work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during the school breaks. Most student jobs pay U.S. $8.80/hour.

Campus employment is not automatically credited to your account. Rather, when you begin an on-campus job, you may choose to have your earnings deposited into your bank account or applied directly to your tuition for the following semester. We will discuss on-campus employment at international orientation.

How can I meet with someone from Admissions to ask questions?

Students are encouraged to interview with a Wooster representative in order to share more about their high school activities and accomplishments. Interviews are offered online via our web portal throughout the year, in-person in select cities, and during our International Interview Day (information coming soon). Interviews are not required for scholarship consideration. They simply provide a great way for you to connect one-on-one with an admissions staff member who can learn more about you and answer all your questions.

Additionally, we encourage you to check out our virtual visit options; we offer live online tours, international student panels each month, and several other options to connect with Wooster.

Can I get a fee waiver for the CSS Profile?

We do not offer a waiver for the CSS profile because we offer our financial aid forms for free! You can find those forms on our website here: https://www.wooster.edu/admissions/international/aid/.

What tests are required to apply to Wooster?

We are committed to trying to make the Wooster application as accessible as possible. All international applicants are required to submit one standardized test, but it can be any of the following options.

Automatically fulfilling this requirement are:
*SAT, ACT, TOEFL, Duolingo, PTE Academic, or IELTS scores

The following will waive the testing requirement:
*GED scores. For Korean students, CSAT scores.
*IB predicted grades
*WAEC exams
*Board exams for India, Pakistan, or Bangladesh
*Completion of 3 AP courses
*At least 3 A level courses
To use a waiver, you must simply email [email protected] after you have submitted your application to request the test score waiver for your application.

Additionally, we accept all superscoring and self-reporting of standardized tests!

Wooster’s minimum TOEFL is 80 and the minimum Duolingo is 100. There are no minimum SAT or ACT requirements.

Is there another application I can use besides the CommonApplication?

Yes, you can also use the Coalition application, which is also free.

International Student Deadlines

Application  Deadline  Notification 
Early Decision I Nov. 1 Nov. 15
Early Action Nov. 25 Jan. 8 or earlier
Early Decision II Jan. 15 Feb. 1
Regular Decision May 15 May 15

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