My son applied to a lot of colleges. In the beginning, the College of Wooster was a complete unknown. We had never heard of it before.
Early in the process, we discovered Wooster and it quickly became one of our target schools. Not “target” in the CC sense that son fit their stats perfectly and the school should admit him. But “target” in the sense that it became a school that moved high on our “want to attend” list. It seemed like a very special place.
He wrote some essays for the application and scholarships, we applied, and we waited. Throughout the decision process, there were highs and lows. Some schools we loved rarely communicated with us. Some we didn’t love so much communicated a lot but it was either too generic or simply off target. And a small number that we loved were great with pertinent communication.
Wooster was one of the brightest stars in this regard – I’d say it was definitely the brightest star. A few others were great also, but Wooster’s effort was special. In addition to the generic mailers Wooster sent to everyone, son received numerous personalized communication, from everyone from the regional AO, to the head admissions officer, to various staff in his future department or all over the university. Further solidifying Wooster’s interest in my son is that very soon after accepting him, they presented him with a magnificently generous FinAid package that made CoW affordable for me. He truly felt wanted by CoW.
It was a tough choice, but my son ultimately decided on another college that also provided an incredibly generous FinAid package. Last week, we communicated with the admissions office at Wooster of the decision and thanked them for all their help and good will during this process.
Yesterday, he received a handwritten letter from the President of the university. It mentioned a lot of personal details about my son and it was obvious she had personally read his application and essays. My son was very impressed that even after he chose another university, Wooster still expresses their desire for him to attend there.
Throughout this process from the time we became aware of CoW, I have to admit I was a huge fan of Wooster. I thought/think it would be a great place for my son to become a man over the next four years. I’m not disappointed he choose another university because I think that school is also a great option for him, but I’m sad he won’t get to experience Wooster. That letter from the president yesterday made him feel very special – he might have even wavered a little in his decision. It was completely unnecessary for President Bolton to send that letter as I’m sure she has a lot to deal with in this current situation with Covid19, but it was very much appreciated. VERY MUCH APPRECIATED
I just wanted to take the time to mention here how wonderfully the entire administration at the College of Wooster has treated my son. Anyone just starting out exploring college options should definitely investigate Wooster. As someone whose child did not actually attend CoW, Wooster gets our seal of approval.