SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College’s Class of 2010, with 378 first-year students starting classes Monday (Sept. 4, 2006), is the largest incoming class in the college’s history.
Brand Stille, vice president for enrollment, says Wofford received 2,085 applications this year, a record for the college; 57 percent of the applicants were accepted. Nineteen transfer students join those 378 freshmen.
More about the incoming class:
• 61 percent of those with class rank come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes – an all-time high for Wofford
• 77 percent come from the top 20 percent of their high school classes; 1 in 15 were valedictorian or salutatorian of their high schools
• Average SAT score is 1247 – tying Wofford’s highest average
• 25 states are represented; 43 percent come from outside of South Carolina
• Four are international students – one each from India and Sweden, and two from England
• 21 are Eagle Scouts and Gold Award recipients
• 30 were editors of their high school newspapers, yearbooks or literary magazines
• 17 were student body presidents in their high schools
• 48 held student government offices
• Three sets of twins, and three other students are half of a set of twins
• Two are Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars
• 47 were Boys’ or Girls’ State delegates
• 75 have signed national letters of intent to participate in athletics
The new students include:
• Miss Teen Latina for South Carolina
• Mr. West Florence High School
• At least two homecoming queens
• International photograph contest winner
• Toastmaster Speaker of the Year
• 3A South Carolina state volleyball player of the year
• Two-time state champion in track
• One who pitched a three-hitter in the AAU National championship game and won
• Two with black belts in karate
• One with a blue belt in tang soo do
• Irish step dancer
• All-American Scholar
• National Coca-Cola Scholar
• At least two AP Scholars
• At least three never missed a day of school in 13 years
• At least three have started their own businesses – one designs and creates apparel; one was named the S.C. Young Entrepreneur of the Year for her jewelry design and retail business; another has his South Carolina real estate license.
How they spent their summer:
• One first-year student completed a 34-state car trip in 30 days with his entire family this summer.
• One caught a 250 pound shark.
• One kissed a killer whale at Sea World.
• One swam with dolphins.
• While completing her medical for entrance at Wofford, doctors discovered one student had a heart murmur. Further testing revealed a hole in the heart the size of a quarter. The hole was repaired over the summer with bovine pericardium.
The class also includes:
• A newspaper columnist
• A playwright who directed and acted in her own play
• An intern at Country Music Television
• A ballet dancer
• Six certified Scuba divers
• At least one licensed pilot.
• Three published poets – one of which published a 100-page anthology of poetry
• One who carried the Olympic torch.
• A mountain climber who summitted the Breithorn in Switzerland
• One who taught hip-hop dance classes
• A National champion turkey caller
• A three time world grits eating champion
One student shared: “I hiked across the flowing lava fields of an active Kilauea in Hawaii while working as an intern for an environmental consulting company. Last summer, I hiked glaciers and fished for silver salmon in Alaska. I’m sorry my life is not more interesting.”