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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 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).
- 16,446 living alumni, representing all 50 states and more than 35 foreign countries. 1,547 are in senior management of corporations or organizations, 1,283 practice medicine, dentistry or other health care professions, 750 are attorneys or judges.
- Alumni giving: 39 percent
Calendar: 4 -1- 4 (two semesters and a January Interim)
International Programs: 113 students studied abroad for a semester or longer during 2011-2012; 226 students received academic credit for overseas study during the January 2012 Interim. Since 2007, more than 1700 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 100 databases, over 180,000 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.
- Resident Student Comprehensive Fee, 2012-2013: $44,475
- Commuting Student Comprehensive Fee (tuition & fees): $34,555
- Financial Aid: $45.5 million (90.1 percent student participation)
- Gifts and Grants, 2007-2012: $72.5 million
- Education & General Expenditures, FY 2011-2012: $68.9 million
- Endowment market value, June 30, 2012: $154.2 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 2012:
- Full-time teaching faculty: 136
- Men 77, Women 51
- Ph.D. or other terminal degree: 91 percent
- Others who teach: 25
- FTE faculty to student ratio: 1 to 11
Student Data, Fall 2012:
- Enrollment (On-Campus headcount): 1,588
- Men: 814, Women: 774; Minorities: 278
- Students from out of state: 670
- Full-time students in “The Village” and other college housing: 1,435 (93 percent)
- Students studying abroad not counted above: 46
Entering Class, Fall 2012:
- Applications: 3,197
- Applications Accepted: 2,005
- Enrolled: 439
- Men: 229; Women 210
- Number of states represented: 27
- High school class rank, Top 10 percent: 55 percent
- Mid-50 percent SAT range: 1160-1350
- Mid-50 percent ACT range: 23-28
Student Retention Data:
- 89.5 percent of the first year students returned in 2012-2013
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 (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: 14 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: 243 participants in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, riflery, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track.
Women’s Sports: 91 participants in basketball, cross country, golf, riflery, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball.
Club Sports: Lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee