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Wofford first in S.C. as ‘best value’ by Kiplinger’s

Ranked 39th among national private liberal arts colleges

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College ranks 39th in the nation and first in South Carolina in the 2011-2012 “best values” ratings of 100 top private liberal arts colleges as compiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

The 2011-2012 report may be found at and in Kiplinger’s December issue, which will appear on newsstands Nov. 8.

 “The institutions on Kiplinger’s rankings for best value in private colleges represent schools that provide high-quality academics as well as affordable cost even in these tough times,” said Jane Bennett Clark, senior associate editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “With money tight and the college choice so important, you have every reason to expect the best bang for your buck.”

Criteria for the ratings include admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratio and graduation rates, and data on costs and financial aid. This year, Kiplinger adjusted its criteria to better reflect the issues affecting families, giving more weight to four-year graduation rates and to colleges that keep student debt down.

Wofford stacks up very well by national standards in most comparisons that weigh costs and quality. Earlier this year, Forbes magazine ( ranked Wofford 73rd on a list of 250 of “America’s Best Colleges” of all sizes and missions. The criteria were evaluated by the Center for College Affordability and included educational quality, student experiences and achievements of graduates. U.S. News & World Report featured Wofford on its 2011 list of 40 “Great Schools, Great Prices” among national liberal arts colleges.