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Wofford College
Fast Facts

Wofford College, established in 1854, is an independent liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C. It offers bachelor’s degrees in 25 major fields of study, and is well known for its programs leading to graduate and professional studies (medicine and other health professions, law and the ministry). Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the college is committed to quintessential undergraduate education within the context of values-based inquiry. 

Campus: Wofford is located a few blocks north of the central business district of Spartanburg, S.C., an international commercial center. The college has operated continuously on its original campus, which was designated a National Historic District in 1974. In November 2002, the entire 170-acre campus was designated as the Roger Milliken Arboretum. Nearly 5,000 trees have been planted since 1992. 

“College Town:” Home to six diverse higher education institutions, Spartanburg is located at the Junction of I-85 and I-26 in the South Carolina Upstate. The GSP International Airport is only a few miles west of the city. On February 25, 2010, groundbreaking was held for the Carolinas Campus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Located only three blocks west of the Wofford’s main gate in downtown Spartanburg, the medical school and the college look forward to a partnership that will enhance the academic experience at both institutions.

Accreditation: Wofford is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia. 30033-4097) to offer the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Wofford was one of nine colleges that met in 1895 to organize SACS.

Phi Beta Kappa: Beta chapter of South Carolina (1941).

Alumni Data: 

  • 16,707 living alumni, representing all 50 states and more than 35 foreign countries. 3,218 are in senior management of corporations or organizations, 1,302 practice medicine, dentistry or other health care professions, 827 are attorneys or judges.
  • Alumni giving: 39 percent 

Calendar: 4 -1- 4 (two semesters and a January Interim)

International Programs: 128 students studied abroad for a semester or longer during 2012-2013; 257 students received academic credit for overseas study during the January 2013 Interim. Since 2007, more than 2200 students have studied abroad in 70 countries on all seven continents.

Library Data: a student-centered information commons providing many services, including research assistance, instruction in using information resources, and interlibrary loan. Staff is available 93 hours a week to assist users. There are more than 250,000 items in the collection, including books, journals, films, historical documents, rare books, etc. The library's online resources are available both on and off-campus 24 hours per day and include more than 200 databases, over 260,000 electronic books and 47,000 electronic journals.  The library’s web page provides access to the full range of services.

Visual and Performing Arts: Major program in theatre, choral groups, band and string ensemble, two art galleries, major program in art history.

Financial Data: 

  • Resident Student Comprehensive Fee, 2013-2014: $45,795
  • Commuting Student Comprehensive Fee (tuition & fees): $34,555
  • Financial Aid: $45.8 million (91 percent student participation)
  • Gifts and Grants, 2008-2013: $67,630,758
  • Education & General Expenditures, FY 2012-2013: $72,705,222
  • Endowment market value, June 30, 2013: $166.9 million

President:  Dr. Nayef H. Samhat (the college’s 11th president, serving since 2013).

Trustees: 31 trustees serve as the governing body of the college under the terms of the will of the Rev. Benjamin Wofford. For more information, contact David M. Beacham, senior vice president for administration.


The Faculty, Fall 2013:  

  • Full-time teaching faculty: 130
  • Men 80, Women 50
  • Ph.D. or other terminal degree: 90 percent
  • Others who teach: 32
  • FTE faculty to student ratio: 1 to 11

Student Data, Fall 2013:  

  • Enrollment (On-Campus headcount): 1,584
  • Men: 817, Women: 767; Minorities: 261
  • Students from out of state: 720
  • Full-time students in “The Village” and other college housing: 93 percent
  • Students studying abroad not counted above: 45

Entering Class, Fall 2013: 

  • Applications: 2,718
  • Applications Accepted: 1,870
  • Enrolled: 415
  • Men: 210; Women 205
  • Number of states represented: 25
  • High school class rank, Top 10 percent: 42 percent
  • Mid-50 percent SAT range: 1090-1260
  • Mid-50 percent ACT range: 24-29

Student Retention Data: 

  • 89.5 percent of the first year students returned in 2013-2014

Student Life Opportunities 

Army ROTC  


Center for Global and Community Engagement which includes Religious and Spiritual Life, The Halligan Campus Ministry Center, The Corella Bonner Service Learning Center.

The Space in The Mungo Center which includes The Space to: Prepare (Career Services, The Sophomore Experience, and The Institute for Professional Development), The Space to: Impact, The Space to: Launch, The Space to: Consult and The Space to: Explore.

National Fraternities and Sororities:  13 chapters; 43 percent of the men and 55 percent of the women are members.


NCAA Division I- Recent Southern Conference championships in football, baseball, men's basketball and men’s soccer

Men’s Sports: 282 participants in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, riflery, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track.

Women’s Sports: 142 participants in basketball, cross country, golf, riflery, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball.

Club Sports: Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee 

Wofford Spirit Squads: Cheerleading, Dance Team