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Wofford College, established in 1854, is an independent liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C. It offers bachelor’s degrees in 26 major fields of study, and is well known for its programs leading to graduate and professional studies (medicine and other health professions, law, commerce, and advanced graduate study across academic disciplines). The college is committed to providing superior students an undergraduate education defined by excellence, engagement and transformation.
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.
Accreditation: Wofford is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges (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).
Majors, Minors, and Programs: Wofford offers 67 majors, minors, and programs. See the number of students awarded each major for the Class of 2016.
- 17,077 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: 26 percent
Calendar: 4 -1- 4 (two semesters and a January Interim)
International Programs: Wofford was ranked ninth in the nation for percentage of students studying abroad for credit in the 2016 Open Doors report. 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 98 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 350,000 electronic books and 60,000 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 and minor program in studio art.
- Resident Student Comprehensive Fee, 2016-2017: $51,880
- Commuting Student Comprehensive Fee (tuition & fees): $40,245
- Financial Aid: $55 million (93 percent student participation)
- Cash Gifts, Calendar Year 2015: $19,339,087
- Total Expenditures, FY 2015-2016: $96,163,286
- Endowment market value, June 30, 2016: $172.4 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 2016:
- Full-time teaching faculty: 141
- Men 79, Women 62
- Ph.D. or other terminal degree: 92 percent of full-time faculty
- Others who teach: 28
- FTE faculty to student ratio: 1 to 11
Student Data, Fall 2016:
- Enrollment: 1,692
- Men: 813, Women: 879, Minorities: 318
- Students from out of state: 773
- Full-time students in college housing: 92 percent
Entering Class, Fall 2016:
- Applications: 2,937
- Applications Accepted: 2,059
- Enrolled: 440
- Men: 214; Women 226
- Number of states represented: 27
- High school class rank, Top 10 percent: 43 percent
- Mid-50 percent SAT range: 1085-1280
- Mid-50 percent ACT range: 24-29
Student Retention Data:
- 87 percent of the first-year students from fall 2015 returned in fall 2016
Student Life Opportunities
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, The Space to: Launch, and The Space to: Explore.
National Fraternities and Sororities: 13 chapters; 35 percent of men and 43 percent of women are members of Greek-letter fraternities or sororities prior to 2016-2017 recruitment.
NCAA Division I- Recent Southern Conference championships in football, baseball, men's basketball and men’s soccer
Men’s Sports: 242 participants in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, riflery, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track.
Women’s Sports: 127 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