College adds largest, most well-prepared first-year class in history
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – What do a three-time Russian national ballroom dance champion, a master scuba instructor and a kite maker have in common?
Well, in addition to having interesting abilities and hobbies, they are part of the Wofford College Class of 2011 – who at 385 strong is the largest and most well-prepared incoming class in the college’s history.
Brand Stille, vice president for enrollment, says Wofford received a record number of applications, 2,354, this year; 53 percent of the applicants were accepted. In addition, there are 16 transfer students.
“The Class of 2011 is the largest and most diverse class in Wofford’s 154-year history,” Stille says. “In addition, they are one of the best prepared academically. We are excited they have joined our community, and we can’t wait to see how they’ll contribute to it.”
More about the Class of 2011:
• Includes students from 25 states and three countries, including Russia and Hong Kong, China
• Split nearly 50/50 gender-wise; 193 women and 192 men
• 57 students, or 15 percent, are students of color, the largest number and percentage in the college’s history
• Average SAT score is 1244
• 58 percent of those with class rank come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes
• 10 members were student body president of their high schools
• 48 held student government offices
• 1 of every 15 was valedictorian or salutatorian
• 20 earned the rank of Gold Award or Eagle Scout
• 23 were editors of their high school newspapers, yearbooks or literary magazines
• 161 captained athletics teams in high school
• 65 have signed national letters of intent to participate in athletics
• 19 are the first in their families to attend college
• 40 were Boys’ and Girls’ State delegates
• Four were National Merit Scholars
• Two were National Achievement Scholars
The new students include:
• Two black belts in tae kwon do and one in kung fu
• Two scored a perfect score on the SAT math section and one scored a perfect score on the critical reading section
• A two-time Scrabble champion
• The 2004 winner of the South Carolina state geography bee
• A licensed pilot who took his first solo flight this summer
• The first female wrestler at her high school
• A triplet
• A master scuba diver and certified rescue diver
• One who was born the night Hurricane Hugo hit South Carolina; if she had been a boy, her father says, she would have been named “Hugo.”
• A Congressional page
• The #1 ranked tennis player in North Carolina and a two-time state champion
• Miss Teen Tennessee
• The three-time Russian National Ballroom Dancing champion
• The vice president of Boys’ Nation
• One who broke the Georgia high school record for consecutive field goals with 17
• Two state champion gymnasts; one placed second nationally
• A kite maker who competes at the Smithsonian Kite Convention each spring
• One who caddied for Arnold Palmer
One member of the class has decided to run for president in 2028. Another works as a traffic director and safely moves 160,000 people out of Bristol Motor Speedway in two hours after a race.
One first-year student has broken 10 different bones.
One student has found it difficult to leave his 14 pets at home – he has six cats, seven dogs and a goose.