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Wofford Among Nation’s Best, Says Princeton Review

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s “The Best 345 Colleges” released recently.

The 2003 edition of the guidebook also ranks Wofford fourth in encouraging class discussions and 12th in student satisfaction with financial aid.

The Princeton Review annually ranks colleges and universities based on information provided by the institutions and on-site interviews of students every two to three years.

In Wofford’s two-page profile, the guide’s editors describe the college in three categories—academics, life and student body.

“Wofford is under-recognized among excellent college options in the South,” the guide points out.

“This guide reflects our vision of the most impressive institutions for undergraduate education,” says Princeton Review editorial director Robert Franek. “Fewer than 10 percent of the colleges in America, and only two Canadian colleges, are profiled. We believe each one offers an outstanding academic program.”

“Blessed with a Phi Beta Kappa academic tradition, a nationally ranked program of studies abroad, and an economy of scale that encourages innovation and collaboration among faculty and students, Wofford is positioning itself among the national leaders in redefining the liberal arts,” Wofford president Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap told the guide. “More importantly, however, the college community is vigorously pursuing a goal of educating young leaders who can make connections, cross boundaries, and negotiate a world no longer neatly divided into categories of endeavor.”

On academics, Wofford students told the review “the ‘Wofford Way’ involves traditional liberal arts education, ‘very challenging,’ distribution requirements in the sciences and humanities, a Christian emphasis, and exchanging ideas ‘freely and with great academic zeal.’ ”

Life at Wofford, according to the survey, is “ ‘a good balance’ between academics and social life.” “Homecoming is huge and the best weekend of the year,” one student said.

Students said, “ ‘true Southern hospitality’ prevails at this ‘laid-back school where community is important.’ ”

In July, Wofford was named one of 22 private college “best buys” in The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2003, and is included in two other national college guidebooks released recently. Wofford is “one of the most interesting colleges in the country” in Kaplan Publishing Co.’s new The Unofficial, Unbiased, Insider’s Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges, and is included in The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2003, compiled and edited by the staff of the Yale Daily News.