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Wofford among Kiplinger’s top 50 ‘Best Values in Private Colleges’


February issue of magazine measures academic quality, affordability

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is listed among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “Best Values in Private Colleges,” published in the February issue available now.

Wofford is listed at number 42 and is one of six Southern colleges and universities included in the list. Others, with their rankings, are Davidson (4), Washington and Lee (5), Centre (29), Furman (45) and Sewanee (49).

“We work hard to make sure every student and every dollar counts at Wofford,” says Brand Stille, vice president for enrollment. “In this current economic climate it’s great to be recognized for the value Wofford provides. Wofford is a prudent investment because of the preparation our students receive for the job market, graduate and professional school. Each and every student is challenged and supported. This balance is the key to our success.”

Wofford was 45th in the same listing last year, published in the April 2008 issue.

Kiplinger’s rankings measure academic quality and affordability. The methodology looks at the admission rate (percentage of applicants offered admission), SAT or ACT scores, student/faculty ratio, graduation rates (percentage of first-year students earning a bachelor’s degree within four or five years), total cost (including tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and estimated cost for books), cost after need-based aid (total cost minus average need-based aid amount), average debt at graduation and other factors.

Wofford consistently lands on “best value” lists of various national college guides and publications.

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges” publication released in August 2008, Wofford was included in “Great Schools, Great Prices,” a listing 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.

The college was among 165 profiled in The Princeton Review’s 2008 edition of its “America’s Best Value Colleges” (Random House / Princeton Review). The colleges were chosen for their excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and/or relatively low costs of attendance.