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Wofford included in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011



College also listed in Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2011

– Wofford College is included in the recently published Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011 that features more than 300 of the country’s “best and most interesting colleges and universities,” from the more than 2,200 four-year institutions in the United States.

The college also is listed in The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2011 edition, published by The Yale Daily News.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges features profiles of each institution, including a broad range of subjects such as student body, academics, social life and financial aid. Wofford students combine “a well-rounded curriculum with career-related internships and study abroad,” the book says.

“Traditionally, Wofford’s strongest and most attractive programs have been in the life sciences, which account for more than one-third of its graduates and a large share of its Phi Beta Kappas,” it continues. “Business programs, especially when combined with a second major in foreign languages, and English with its emphasis on creative writing are solid and getting better. Students rave about Wofford’s programs in biology and economics.”

The guide points out that many of Wofford’s graduates go on to graduate medical or dental programs or prestigious law schools within two years of graduation.

Wofford’s alumni network “has clout,” the guide notes. “More than 1,200 of its 15,000 living graduates serve as presidents or owners of corporations or organizations. Thirteen hundred practice medicine, dentistry, or other health care professions ….”

The guide also highlights Wofford’s Presidential International Scholar, the Novel Experience first-year reading program, the Success Initiative, The Village senior apartment-style housing, athletics programs and social life. Students quoted by the book emphasize the “close-knit community and intimate student/faculty relationships.”

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, by Edward B. Fiske, is an independent college guide, accepting no consulting, advertising or other fees from colleges and having no outside relationship with colleges working on its behalf. Fisk served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times, during which time he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He wrote The Fiske Guide to Colleges to help them. He co-wrote, along with Bruce G. Hammond, The Fiske Guide to Nailing the SAT, as well as Fiske What to do When for College and The Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College. For more information please visit and

Wofford consistently lands on a variety of college guidebooks, including The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2011. (It should be noted that information in this year’s edition has not been updated from the 2010 edition.)

“Wofford is widely respected for its pre-medicine program and ‘many students go into politics’ after graduation,” the guide notes.