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High school counselors from six states to tour Wofford

Monday, June 20, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – On June 21 and 22, approximately 80 high school guidance counselors from throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Rhode Island will tour the campuses of Wofford College, Converse College and Spartanburg Methodist College.

The visits to the Spartanburg colleges are part of the 2005 Guidance Counselor Bus Tour coordinated by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Inc. (SCICU). During the full tour, the counselors will visit 20 independent higher education institutions throughout the state.

On June 21, the counselors will visit Spartanburg Methodist College from 11:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. They will be on the Wofford College campus from 3-5 p.m. On June 22, the counselors will tour Converse College from 8-10:45 a.m. During their tours, the counselors will meet students, faculty and staff members.

“This tour, which we have offered for 11 years now, is very popular with the high school counselors because it gives them an up close and personal look at the extraordinary benefits available to students who attend independent colleges and universities in South Carolina,” said Wayne Landrith, executive vice president of the Columbia-based SCICU. “For example, our commitment to small classes, with an average 16.8 to 1 student/faculty ratio, means that our students do not get lost in a crowd. Our graduation rates are significantly higher than the senior public institutions in South Carolina. On average, the private schools’ four-year graduation rate is 15 percent higher than the public colleges and universities. Several of our institutions have graduation rates over 70 percent.”

By taking part in the tour, the counselors benefit by building a network with the colleges’ admissions officials and may earn State Department of Education recertification.