SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College continues to be ranked in the top 30 percent of the nation’s 215 liberal arts colleges by U.S.News & World Report, according to their annual rankings released today (Aug. 18, 2006).
Wofford is tied in 57th place, placing it near the top quarter of colleges ranked and solidifying gains made in the 2006 rankings, when the college rose 11 places. Wofford remains eighth among Southeastern liberal arts colleges.
In the U.S. News ratings, Wofford is compared to 215 colleges across the nation classified as BA-Liberal Arts by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This term does not include a number of small four-year colleges that offer a majority of their degrees outside the liberal arts; these are classified as BA-Comprehensive. The “2007 Edition of America’s Best Colleges,” published by U.S.News & World Report, will be available in bookstores this weekend, and complete results of all of its rankings available at www.usnews.com.
The top three liberal arts colleges are Williams College, Amherst College and Swarthmore College. Davidson College in North Carolina tied for 10th while Washington and Lee University in Virginia ranked 17th.
U.S. News also ranked Wofford fifth among liberal arts colleges whose students graduate with the least amount of debt, up from 17th last year.
The annual U.S. News ranking is among several used by prospective students and their parents when deciding on a college. Wofford consistently ranks well in all of these college guides.