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College ranked 23rd

Washington Monthly 2010 cover


Top South Carolina institution in listing of 252 colleges
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is 23rd among 252 liberal arts colleges around the country in “The Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings,” released today (Monday, Aug. 23, 2010) by the Washington, D.C.-based political magazine.

The rankings are based on three broad categories: “social mobility” (recruiting and graduating low-income students); “research” (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s); and “service” (encouraging students to give something back to their country.

Wofford was the top-ranked South Carolina institution on the liberal arts colleges list.

The rankings are based on such items as the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants, the predicted rate of graduation compared to the actual graduation rate, the total research expenditures, the number of bachelor’s degree recipients who receive Ph.D.s, the number of alumni who go on to serve in the Peace Corps, the percentage of students who serve in ROTC, the percentage of funds in federal work-study money that goes to community service, the number of students participating in community service and the total number of service hours performed, the number of staff supporting community service, the number of academic courses that incorporate service, and whether the institution provides scholarships for community service. An institution’s size is figured into the rankings.

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Wofford is listed in a variety of recently released college rankings, including:
• U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” – 62nd (top quartile) among national liberal arts colleges; also a “best value”

•’s “America’s Best Colleges” – 58th overall, highest-rated South Carolina institution

• The Princeton Review’s “The Best 373 Colleges” – featured among best undergraduate institutions

• Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011 – featured among “best and most interesting colleges and universities

• The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2011