The College of Wooster

Men's D3 Coach: P.J Kavanagh
Profile
Size
2 / 10
1,980 Undergrads / 1,980 Students
Cost
9 / 10
$28,928 Net Price
Selectivity
7 / 10
56% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    North Coast (NCAC)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    Town: Distant

Student Body
Gender
  • Male
  • Female
Enrollment
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
Geography
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
Ethnicity
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
11 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
85%
Overall Graduation Rate
77%
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
72% / 77%
Calendar System
Semester
Religious Affiliation
None
Housing
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

Coach Recruiting Interview

We had a chance to catch up with Coach Festa of the College of Wooster, a strong liberal arts school in Ohio with a program that is up and coming under his leadership. Coach Festa took over the head coaching position in the summer of 2011 after one year as the interim coach. Now in his fourth season as head coach, the program has noticeably improved with the Fighting Scots’ season wins total increasing from 5 to 9 over three years.

Recruiting at the Division III level is unique and in many instances, very different than Division I and Division II. Coach Festa provides insight into what catches a DIII coach’s eye both on and off the field and how to best prepare for the making the first major decision in a player’s life, college.

What advice do you have for players interested in Division III schools?

The first and most important piece of advice is to be proactive. Get information on the school and program ahead of reaching out through links about the school and other available internet resources. When being proactive, it makes a big difference when e-mails to coaches are personalized. You have to remember we get hundreds of emails so if you took the time to personalize your message, that will have an impact on whether we read through your email or not. Mentioning, “I’m interested because…” and something you’re particularly interested in at the school such as a certain academic program is an example of something we take notice of.

Once you feel the school has the potential to be the right academic, social, and athletic fit, take the next step and visit campus. Because DIII does not offer scholarships, it is important to consider all of the factors of academic, social, and athletic, be patient, research, and choose the school that suits you the best, not just the one with the best lacrosse program.

What is the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

Again, be proactive; prospect days or junior days are a great chance to see the campus, play in front of the coaching staff and get a feel for the school. With DIII, we can speak on the phone whenever, so send a personalized e-mail and then follow-up with a call a couple days later, “Hey coach wanted to follow up about my e-mail.” Your contact, follow-up and knowledge of the school and program lets us know you’re interested and shows you’re serious.

What type of player’s do you primarily look for, a raw athlete or refined lacrosse player?

Every coach wants a player with athleticism and so do we, but one thing we look for in particular is a player with “Lacrosse IQ.” Two or three sport athletes who understand concepts and can play off-ball and communicate, who are able to pick up on the little things. This is important because having that second sense and being able to read an offense or a defense can make all the difference in a game. If you’re a smart player with good lacrosse IQ, stick skills can be honed with practice and repetition. To grow your lacrosse IQ, watch lacrosse and pay attention to the off-ball movement of defenses and offenses. Another type of player we look out for are those that can cause chaos on the field, guys who hustle.

What areas of player development would you recommend players to focus on?

There are three areas to work on to be a great lacrosse player:

1. Stick Fundamentals

2. Lacrosse IQ

3. Pushing Yourself

Improve your stick fundamentals by playing wall-ball and having the stick in your hands as much as you can. Be a sponge and absorb all the knowledge of lacrosse and other sports as well as various competitive situations, learn how to react in those environments. Push yourself by playing with players who have more experience, their skills and subtleties will wear off on you.

How has the accelerated recruiting landscape impacted your approach to recruiting?

Accelerated recruiting has in some senses hurt us because it forces players to make decisions early. It is also difficult to see so many young players in action and at the same time to make it to see the older players as well. The fact that financial aid and other funding isn’t finalized until late in a player’s senior year of high school, it may not be a good fit for the player by time they become a senior because of lack of funding or other reasons. College is a very important decision, it is essentially your first job and you have to ask yourself, would you take a job without knowing all of the details about it, no, so why would you do the same for college? Though accelerated recruiting has affected us, there are still plenty of very talented late-bloomers who we hold spots for.

What are your do’s and don’ts, likes and dislikes of recruiting videos?

Don’t make your video too long, we know in the first couple of minutes whether or not we want to watch more of you. Also let us see how the play develops and how you move about the field without the ball in your stick or playing the man with the ball. Make sure the quality of the video is clear and easy to follow. Show a diverse set of skills, not just clip after clip of you scoring. Usually we put videos on mute, but in the off chance we don’t, keep in mind your audience when you choose your music, keep it simple and classy. Make sure your contact information is at the beginning or very end. It is also a nice personal touch to do a quick video introduction of yourself; it helps us to get a sense of who you are off the field and is more personal.

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Team Road Trips

Most games are played in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The team also travels to Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Recruit Commits
2020
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Seth Owens Beavercreek High School Xenia, OH Def
Mitchel Shelman New Trier Winnetka , IL Def, LSM
 
2019
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Adam Meyer Arapahoe High School Centennial, CO Goal
 
2018
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Joseph Citera Kimball Union Academy South Londonderry, Vermont, 05155, VT Mid
Cole Bingham U.S. Grant Portland, OR LSM
Sebastian Boivin St. Georges School Mount Laurel, NJ Goal
Atticus Moats John Marshall Pasadena, CA Att, Mid
Tyler Schroeder Granville Granville, OH Mid
. Joe Rotarius Jr Milbrook School St. Louis, MO Att
Adam Yeo Calgary French/International Calgary, AB Mid
David Fitzgerald Exeter HS Exeter, NH Att, Mid
Braden McCarthy Christian Brothers St. Louis, MO Att, Mid
Ben Kennedy Greeley Cumberland, ME Att, Mid
Max Livingston Williston Northampton Weston, MA Def, LSM
Grant Sorensen Seattle Academy Seattle, WA Att, Mid
 
2017
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Sam Capeless Williston Northampton School West Stockbridge , MA LSM, Def
Elijah Abee Ronald Wilson Reagan High School Pfafftown, NC Def
Wiley Phelps Dublin Coffman Dublin, OH Mid, Att
Ike Phelps Dublin Coffman Dublin, OH Def
Abdoulaye Kebe Hebron Academy New York City, NY Def
Elijah Abee Ronald Wilson Reagan High School Pfafftown, NC Def
Jack McMahan Lawrence Academy Bedford, MA Att
Sam Capeless Williston Northampton West Stockbridge, MA LSM, Def
Jack Galle Cretin-Derham Hall Roseville, MN Att
Sam Esterle Hoover North Canton, OH Mid
Nate Newman Avon Old Farms Cheshire, CT Att, Mid
Charlie Baker New Hampton School Hampton, NH Def
Jackson Parker Walt Whitman Bethesda, MD Goal
Alex Hulse St. Francis De Sales Maumee, OH Att
Dillon Chipman Saint Elizabeth Landenberg, PA Mid
 
2016
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
 
2015
  
HS
Hometown
Position(s)
Unofficial list from public sources and recruit submissions.
Events By The College of Wooster Coaches
Aug 25 '19
Wooster, OH
 
Men's 13-18
Location
1189 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH, 44691, Wooster, OH, 44691 See Directions
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Where Grads Live
  • Cleveland/Akron Ohio Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Columbus Ohio Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • Greater Pittsburgh Area
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Greater Detroit Area
  • Cincinnati Area
  • Greater Denver Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Greater Seattle Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
Where Grads Work
  • The Ohio State University
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • IBM
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Progressive Insurance
  • PNC
  • Bank of America
  • Fidelity Investments
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Microsoft
  • Wells Fargo
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Kent State University
  • City Year
  • University Hospitals of Cleveland
What Grads Do
  • Education
  • Sales
  • Research
  • Media and Communication
  • Operations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Community and Social Services
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Administrative
  • Information Technology
  • Healthcare Services
  • Consulting
  • Program and Project Management
  • Legal
Data from
Niche Grades
Overall
Student Life
Professors
Academics
Test Scores
SAT
Critical Reading
520 - 670
Math
580 - 700
Total
1170 - 1400
ACT
English
23 - 32
Math
23 - 28
Composite
24 - 30

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported. Historical writing ranges: 540 - 650 for SAT; 7 - 9 for ACT

GPA
SAT Math
SAT Reading
ACT

This distribution represents incoming freshman test scores and GPA on 4.0 scale.

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Admissions
 
Total
Male
Female
Applicants 5,615 2,510 3,105
% Admitted 56% 54% 59%
% Admits That Enroll 18% 19% 17%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.66
  • Accepted
  • Denied
  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
  • Admission Considerations
     
    Required
    Recommended Rec.
    High School GPA
    High School Rank
    High School Transcript
    College Prep Classes
    Recommendations
    Demonstrate Competencies
    Admission Test Scores
    Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
    TOEFL (English proficiency)
    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Social Sciences (27%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (16%)
    Physical Sciences (12%)
    English Language & Literature (7%)
    Psychology (7%)
    History (6%)
    Communication & Journalism (4%)
    Philosophy & Religious Studies (4%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (4%)
    Ethnic, Cultural & Gender Studies (3%)
    Health Professions (3%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (3%)
    Foreign Languages (2%)
    Computer & Information Sciences (1%)
    Interdisciplinary Studies (1%)
    Education
    Financial
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

    $28,928

    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for all students (private non-profit and for profit institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

     
    Undergraduate
     
    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$48,600
    Books & Supplies$1,000
    Cost of Living$11,400
    Personal Expenses$900
     
    Sticker Price$61,900

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    99% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

     
    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship99%$30,851
    Federal Grants17%$5,216
    Pell Grants17%$4,003
    Other Federal16%$1,226
    State & Local Grants6%$2,472
    Institutional Grants99%$29,838
     
    Student Loans51%$7,681
    Federal Loans50%$5,616
    Other Loans7%$15,495

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

     
    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Endowment
    Financial Assets $294 Million $148,644

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.

    Debt

    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $26,000.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

     
    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $21,500 $276

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 2.2%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 707 students.

    Salary

    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $46,300

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.

    Payback

    How long until this college investment pays off: 6.26 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 72% of students graduate on time.

    Events Attending
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    T99 Texas Showcase
    Jun 1-2 '19
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    Campus Safety
     
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 9 8
    Fondling 5 5
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault - -
    Burglary 1 1
    Motor Vehicle Theft - -
    Arson 1 -

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Category
    Classification
    Basic ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
    Undergrad InstructionArts & sciences focus, no graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionNot classified (Exclusively Undergraduate)
    Enrollment ProfileExclusively undergraduate four-year
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, small, highly residential

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