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Wofford College Freshman Class ‘Best Qualified Ever’

August 30, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College’s incoming class for the 2002-03 academic year is “the best qualified class ever,” with the highest SAT scores of any entering class and the highest percentage of Palmetto Fellows of any college or university in South Carolina.

The 297-member Class of 2006 will be involved in orientation activities this weekend, registration on Monday and classes beginning on Tuesday.

The incoming class’s average SAT score hit 1236, up from 1212 in 2001, with a mid-50 percent range of 1150 to 1320, also an increase, says admissions director Brand Stille.

Wofford garnered 60 Palmetto Fellows. Nearly 20 percent of the class claims that distinction. The number of National Merit Scholars in Wofford’s freshman class rose to 10. The combined number of valedictorians and salutatorians this year is 24, up from 19 last year.

“This arguably is the best qualified class ever entering Wofford College,” Stille says. “We’re extremely proud to have this group of first-year students here. The entire college community has worked to make this a strong class, and we have achieved that goal.”

Here are some other interesting facts about Wofford’s incoming freshmen:

Top 10 percent of high school class – 53 percent
Student body president – 14
States represented – 23
Minority – 10 percent
Varsity team captains in high school – 77
Editors of high school newspapers, literary magazines or yearbooks – 13
Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award – 4
Attended Boys’ State – 18
Attended Girls’ State – 11
Birth Places outside of U.S. – Vietnam, Germany, South America, Colombia, Guam

Individual accomplishments of members of the Class of 2006:

Colorado state finalist in snowshoe racing
Finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina
Scuba dive master
Published poet
State champion gymnast
Two-time U.S. Open Karate champion