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Wofford makes Princeton Review’s ‘Best Value College’ list

Only S.C. private institution included in list of 75

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford is one of the nation’s “Best Value” colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review. The Massachusetts-based education services company profiles Wofford in its just-published book, “The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition” (Random House / Princeton Review, Feb. 7, 2012). 

The profile also is available on a special area of the publication’s website at (registration required). 

“The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition,” subtitled “The 150 Best Buy Colleges and What It Takes to Get In,” features profiles of 75 public and 75 private colleges with detailed information about their campus culture, facilities and financial aid offerings. Of the 75 schools in each group, the top 10 colleges are ranked 1 to 10, and the remaining 65 are listed in alphabetical order. 

Wofford is the only South Carolina institution included on the private colleges list. 

“It’s great to be recognized for the value Wofford provides,” says Brand Stille, vice president for enrollment at Wofford. “Value, cost and return on investment continue to be important factors in selecting a college. At Wofford we are committed to providing first rate programs and experiences that prepare our students for lives of success and service.” 

Wofford consistently lands on “best value” lists of national publications. In the fall of 2011, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked the college 39th in the nation and first in South Carolina in its 2011-2012 “best value” ratings of 100 top private liberal arts colleges, those that “provide high-quality academics as well as affordable cost even in these tough times.” Also in 2011, Forbes magazine ranked Wofford 73rd on a list of 250 of “America’s Best Colleges” of all sizes and missions, and U.S. News & World Report featured the college on its 2011 list of 40 “Great Schools, Great Prices” among national liberal arts colleges.

In its profile of Wofford, the editors of The Princeton Review note the college offers “beauty, brains and brawn. Its stunning campus, which is designated as an arboretum, serves as an idyllic backdrop to an academic powerhouse with standout programs in biology, pre-med, and pre-law.” The profile also notes that Wofford “strongly encourages its students to study abroad and offers support such as funding to pay for students to travel and advice on how to design a program that works with their areas of study.”

The book quotes Wofford students surveyed, who say the college “is about relationships: relationships between you and other students, between the professors and their students, even the faculty and staff and the students; everyone knows each other and is willing to help each other all the time.”

“We work and play as a community,” another student says, “and we, with pleasure and humility, devote all of our energies to the pursuit of knowledge.”

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher, and lead author of “The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition,” says, “We commend Wofford and all of the extraordinary colleges on our 2012 ‘Best Value Colleges’ list for all they are doing to keep costs down and/or offer generous aid to applicants with financial need – all while maintaining excellent academic programs.”

The “Best Value Colleges” list and information about the schools also are posted on a dedicated area of USA, which has been The Princeton Review’s online publishing partner for this project since 2009. USA TODAY’s site ( features an exclusive database that allows users to view in-depth details about the schools by clicking on an interactive map. Users can explore criteria including cost of attendance and financial aid data, enrollment size, location and The Princeton Review’s analysis of why it chose each school as a “Best Value.”

The Princeton Review selected its “Best Value Colleges” schools based on institutional data and student opinion surveys collected from 650 colleges and universities the company regards as the nation’s academically best undergraduate institutions. The selection process analyzed more than 30 data points broadly covering academics, cost, and financial aid. Cost and financial aid data came from the company’s fall 2011 surveys of school administrators. Data on academics came from its fall 2010 through fall 2011 surveys of school administrators. Data from students attending the schools over these years included their assessments of their professors and their satisfaction with their financial aid awards.

The company is also known for its annual college rankings in 62 categories ( it reports in its book “The Best 376 Colleges” which is published in August, and its annual business and law school rankings in 11 categories ( it reports in its graduate school guidebooks in October.

The Princeton Review debuted its “Best Value Colleges” list in 2004. It previously published an annual book titled “America’s Best Value Colleges” from 2004 to 2007.

The Princeton Review ( is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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