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Wofford ranked #62 in 'Best Colleges' list


New college rankings issued by national publication

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College ranked 62nd in the first-ever rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” by, published on Aug. 13, 2008.
The magazine’s Web site reads:

“Choosing a four-year undergraduate college is one of the biggest decisions a typical American family can make. And for too many years, information about the quality of American higher education has been monopolized by one publication, U.S. News & World Report.

“We offer an alternative.

“In conjunction with Dr. Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, inaugurates its first ranking of America’s Best Colleges, an annual list. In this report, the CCAP ranks 569 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, and how much their students achieve.”

Other Carolina schools making the top 100 were the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill at #66, Wake Forest University at #69, Duke University at #80, and Davidson College at #93. Princeton topped the list with Caltech at #2 and Harvard #3. “Wofford College outpaces Cornell University, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Dartmouth,” the magazine notes.  Other South Carolina colleges making the list were Converse College (147), Furman University (154), Presbyterian College (190), University of South Carolina (344), College of Charleston (421), Clemson University (425) and South Carolina State University (485).  (Read more at

The publication ranks 569 colleges and universities, based on student evaluations of courses and instructors, as recorded on the Web site; how many alumni are listed among notable people in “Who’s Who in America;” and three other factors – the average amount of student debt at graduation, the percentage of students graduating in four years, and the number of students or faculty who have won nationally competitive awards.

Of the more than 4, 000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, approximately 350 are selective in admission and attract a disproportionate share of the nation’s best students. Information about these institutions, including Wofford, is highlighted in a number of commercially published college guides, including U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review College Guide, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, the (Yale) Insider’s Guide, Peterson’s Colleges for Top Students and ISI’s Choosing the Right College. The guides provide useful statistical information and offer interesting and different perspectives from campus-based viewbooks and Web sites.

Wofford is pleased to be profiled in all of these guides. We also are proud of the national distinctions we have earned in non-commercial settings, such as the book “Student Success in College” and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). You may find information on NSSE at