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Wofford Again Named ‘Best Buy’ in Fiske Guide

Tuesday, July 09, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College again has been 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.

“It is gratifying to have Wofford nationally recognized yet again as offering an exceptional return on a student’s investment in higher education,” President Benjamin Dunlap says. “We work very hard to manage our budget carefully and to keep fee increases to a minimum. In the Fiske Guide and other national college guidebooks, Wofford is cited as one of the nation’s 300 best colleges and universities, but our tuition and fees are only about average for four-year independent campuses.”

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, now in its 19th edition, is prepared by a staff headed by Edward B. Fiske, former education editor of The New York Times. It is published by Sourcebooks Inc. of Napierville, Ill.

The “best buy” institutions are those determined to “offer remarkable educational opportunities at a relatively low cost,” according to the guide, which also lists 21 public colleges in the category.

Wofford also is “one of the most interesting colleges in the country” in the Kaplan book written by two of the country’s top college admissions experts, Trent Anderson and Seppy Basili. The guide features a detailed two-page profile of Wofford.

The authors closely monitored the 2001-02 college admissions cycle and share their opinions about trends on campuses—which schools have changed for the better, which for the worse; which schools are overrated, which are underrated; where a competitive student might excel, where a B student might shine.

Kaplan, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Co., also produces The Guide to College Selection, in which Wofford College is listed.

Wofford again is listed in The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2003, subtitled “Students on Campus Tell You What You Really Want to Know.” The book is compiled and edited by the staff of the Yale Daily News. It includes a two-page profile of Wofford.