Student Life

Campus Hangouts

Officially called The Sugar Bowl, The Shack was opened in 1913. It was a place where students could listen to music, eat cheap food, and escape the campus. One alumnus recalled: “Occasionally we would cut chapel. We would all come down here instead.”


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Co-education

Wooster has pledged to provide equal education for both men and women since its inception. It was at a meeting on February 23rd, 1869 that the trustees unanimously resolved “to admit female students to The University upon entire equality with males.” This was an idea virtually unheard of at the time. The University of Wooster’s […]


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Color Day and the Gum Shoe Hop

Color Day and the Gum Shoe Hop are two events on campus that, while no longer celebrated, have had left a lasting impact on many Wooster graduates, faculty, and staff. These celebrations took place in the spring and were looked forward to throughout the year. Gum Shoe HopFirst came the Gum Shoe Hop, which took […]


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From Food Groups to Fraternities

National fraternities originated on The University of Wooster’s campus only six years after The University’s inception. The first fraternity on campus, Phi Kappa Psi, was created in 1872. Kappa Alpha Theta, the University’s first sorority, followed soon after in 1875.These national fraternities and sororities evolved from what were called ‘food groups’. In the early years […]


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Hygeia Hall

In 1928, Hygeia Hall was dedicated as The College of Wooster’s first purpose-built hospital, even though it had already been open for a year. John S. Miller, who donated funds for its construction, was a member of the Class of 1881. While personally overseeing many of the details, he modestly chose to keep his gift […]


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