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College of Wooster Among Ohio Leaders in 4-Year Graduation Rate

UPublish story by John Finn

Let it never be said that College of Wooster students don’t finish what they start. A recent report by The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Wooster third among Ohio colleges and universities in the percentage of students who graduate in four years.

The results, which list 89 public and private four-year institutions, are available on College Completion, a microsite produced by The Chronicle with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The objective is to share data on completion rates in higher education across America.

With nearly 70 percent of its students graduating in four years, Wooster trails only Kenyon and Denison, but is ahead of Oberlin, Case Western Reserve, Xavier, Ohio Wesleyan, Wittenberg, and more than 80 others — some of which have graduation rates that hover at 20 percent or below.

The reasons for Wooster’s stellar showing are not difficult to identify, according to Scott Friedhoff, vice president for enrollment and college relations at Wooster. “To enroll our ideal first-year class of 560 students, we carefully select from the 5,600 students who apply for admission,” says Friedhoff. “These students understand the rigor of a Wooster education, and they understand the expectation that they enroll with the intention of making a difference here – making this a better place. That, combined with the comprehensive and constant advising students receive from faculty and staff and the unparalleled mentored research opportunities, creates an environment where students can excel.”

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