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Wofford sees record headcount enrollment of 1,316

Friday, September 28, 2007

College exceeds enrollment management goals for 2007-08 year 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – With more than 93 percent of last year’s entering class returning for a sophomore year, Wofford College this fall is reporting a record 2007 campus headcount enrollment of 1,316 students, according to Brand Stille, vice president for enrollment.

When a few students who are not seeking degrees and those who are studying abroad are added, an adjusted total rises to 1,378.

Registration figures include 385 first-year students, drawn from a pool of 2,354 applicants.

Last year’s official headcount enrollment was 1,260.

“We are excited to have exceeded our enrollment management goals for the 2007-2008 academic year,” Stille says. “We focus on retention of students until they earn their degrees, as well as first-year recruitment.”

Stille adds that many experts consider a four-year graduation rate exceeding 75 percent, which was achieved by the Wofford class of 2007, to be the best single indicator of academic quality in an undergraduate program.  “Timely graduation rates reflect integrity in the admission process, good relationships between faculty and students in the classroom and in advisement, and a supportive campus atmosphere, such as that found in our new Village housing,” he says.

“These attributes of a Wofford education are also reflected in our high scores in the National Survey of Student Engagement, or NSSE, which has become the benchmarking technique of choice for colleges and universities across the country,” Stille adds.

Here are some other highlights of the official Wofford fall 2007 enrollment profile:

• The on-campus student body this fall includes 697 men and 619 women. There are 175 persons of color.
• The full-time teaching faculty has grown to 106 members, 93 percent of whom have the earned doctorate or another terminal degree.  The full-time equivalent faculty to student ratio is 1:11, compared to 1:15 in the 1980s.
• The six-year graduation rate for Wofford students entering in fall of 2001 was 77.2 percent, compared to the national average of 55.9 percent.
• Students from 25 states are members of the Class of 2011, with 42 percent coming from outside South Carolina. Almost 60 percent of them finished in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes.