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Wofford College gains ground in U.S. News rankings

Friday, August 19, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College gained ground in the rankings of the nation’s 215 liberal arts colleges released this week by U.S. News and World Report, going from tied at 66th to tied at 55th. The ranking puts Wofford near the top quarter of the colleges ranked, and the college remained the eighth highest Southeastern college in the listing.

In the U.S. News ratings, Wofford is compared to 215 colleges across the nation that are classified as BA-Liberal Arts by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. This term does not include a number of small four-year colleges that offer a majority of their degrees outside the liberal arts; these are classified as BA-Comprehensive. The “2006 Edition of America’s Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News and World Report, will be available in bookstores this weekend, and complete results of all of its rankings will be available at www.usnews.com on Friday, Aug. 19.

The top three liberal arts colleges are Williams College, Amherst College and Swarthmore College. Davidson College in North Carolina tied for 10th while Washington and Lee University in Virginia ranked 14th.

U.S. News also ranked Wofford 17th in liberal arts colleges whose students graduate with the least amount of debt.

The annual ranking is among several used by prospective students and their parents when deciding on a college. Wofford consistently ranks well in all of these college guides. Featuring Wofford’s “Old Main” on its cover, the 2006 edition of “Princeton Review’s America’s Best Value Colleges” recently has recognized the college as one of 81 of the nation’s “best value” undergraduate institutions. Wofford also was named one of 2005’s “baker’s dozen” of the nation’s liberal arts colleges that achieve “exceptional results with limited resources,” according to the New York-based Teagle Foundation, which supports programs that provides today’s students with a challenging, wide-ranging and enriching college education.

Additionally, Wofford is featured in a recent publication, “Student Success in College,” a 348-page formal report based on the outcome of Project DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practices) research conducted by the Center for Post Secondary educational Research at Indiana University-Bloomington. Project DEEP was designed to determine why certain campuses score exceptionally well on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Wofford was among 20 campuses chosen to participate in the first Project DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practices) study in 2002-2003 after a good showing on the NSSE.