Professor giving a lecture to students in old main

Wofford featured on cover, in 'America's Best Value Colleges' guidebook

April 18, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Featuring Wofford College’s campus on its cover, The Princeton Review’s 2006 edition of “America’s Best Value Colleges” has recognized the college as one of the nation’s “best value” undergraduate institutions.

The New York-based education services company chose Wofford as one of 81 schools it recommends in the new 2006 edition of its book, from Random House / Princeton Review, which goes on sale April 19.

The photograph of Wofford’s Main Building, taken by Mark Olencki of Olencki Graphics in Spartanburg, is the only one included on the cover.

Furman University in Greenville, S.C., is the only other South Carolina institution included in the guidebook.

The book is a guide to colleges with outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs. It includes public and private colleges and universities in 35 states. The Princeton Review has posted a complete list of the schools in the book on its Web site at

Wofford has “a generous and aggressive approach to financial aid,” the book notes, the benefits of which are “hard-earned . . . . A solid support network of caring professors and easily accessible tutors helps students succeed, provided they are willing to invest the required sweat. Plenty of opportunities to study abroad are another windfall of a Wofford education.”

The book adds that Wofford provides “bang for you buck,” as it “has managed its annual budgets very carefully for decades, and, for all practical purposes, is able to operate pretty much debt-free. What this means is that Wofford has plenty of funds available for financial aid, to the great advantage of its undergraduates (nearly 90 percent of whom receive some form of aid from the school).”

The Princeton Review selected the schools for the book based on data the company obtained from administrators at over 350 colleges, and surveys of students attending them. Says Robert Franek, vice president of publishing at The Princeton Review, “We used over 30 factors to rate the colleges in four categories: Academics, Tuition GPA (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in scholarships and grants), Financial Aid (how well colleges meet students' financial need), and Student Borrowing. Bottom line: the 81 schools that met our criteria for this book are all great college education deals.”

“America’s Best Value Colleges” has three-page profiles on the colleges, advice about applying for admission and financial aid, and a ranking list of the “Top 10 Best Value Colleges” overall. It is one of nearly 200 Princeton Review books published by Random House in a line that includes the annual “Best 357 Colleges” and “Paying for College Without Going Broke.” Known for its test-prep courses, books, and college and grad school admissions services, The Princeton Review is an education services company not affiliated with Princeton University or ETS.

Wofford consistently has been included in “Best 357 Colleges.”