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Wofford 'school to watch' in U.S News report


2008-08-22

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Wofford College is an “up-and-coming school to watch,” according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” publication released this week. U.S. News annually releases its rankings of best colleges in a variety of categories; the publication also includes other lists, including “Up-and-Coming Schools” and “Great Schools, Great Prices,” in which Wofford also is listed.

Wofford appeared at #9 among liberal arts colleges on “schools to watch” list, a new feature in the magazine this year. These institutions, which also include categories for national universities, universities-master’s and baccalaureate colleges, “have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus, or facilities.”

In the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, Wofford was included on a list of 40 liberal arts colleges. “The formula used to determine which colleges and universities offer the best value relates a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2009 U.S. News ranking, to the 2007-2008 academic year net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” the magazine explains.

In U.S. News’ rankings, Wofford continues to rank in the top quartile of liberal arts colleges, a category which is not grouped by region. The other Southern institutions in the listing (with their national rankings) were Davidson College (N.C.) at #9, the University of Richmond (Va.) at #33, Furman University (S.C.) at #37, Sewanee-University of the South (Tenn.) at #41, Centre College (Ky.) at #45, Rhodes College (Tenn.) at #49 and Agnes Scott College (Ga.) at #60 with Wofford and five other institutions.

Forbes.com earlier this week released, in its first-ever college rankings, rated Wofford as the best college or university in the Carolinas at #62 in its national ranking of 569 institutions. 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.

Wofford also is included in the “Insider’s Guide to the Colleges,” “Fiske Guide to Colleges,” and Princeton Review’s “The Best 368 Colleges.” In Princeton Review, Wofford is included in the listing of the top 20 institutions where “Professors Get High Marks.”

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 www.wofford.edu/nsse.