The Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement develops experiences that make a difference – to our students, with our faculty, and for our community partners.

We define Experiential Learning as making meaning out of direct experience: Wooster expresses Experiential Learning in a three-tiered model:

Exploration – Investigation – Immersion

This model incorporates a range of activities including internships, volunteering, field experiences, job shadowing, alternative break trips, mentored consulting projects and collaborative research in our local community and around the world. 

The goal of community engagement at The College of Wooster is to extend the benefits of learning beyond the campus and beyond ourselves. By using the guiding principles of Experiential Learning to address challenges facing the greater Wooster community our students engage in research centered on seeking solutions to significant problems identified by the greater Wooster community.

The intersection of these two fields, creates the exciting opportunity for our students to exhibit a commitment to scholarship and serving others through community engaged learning.

APEX staff actively develop opportunities and connections for students through an ever-growing network of alumni and community partners.
APEX Fellow reading book
APEX Fellow and children doing science experiment
APEX Fellows riding horse