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Wofford ranked in Forbes.com ‘Best Colleges’ list

Forbes Cover
2009-08-11

#71 overall, #64 among private colleges on national list

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College ranked 71st overall and 64th among private colleges in the second annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes.com, published recently. Wofford was the highest rated institution in South Carolina.

The publication ranked 600 colleges and universities, based on student evaluations of courses and instructors, as recorded on the Web site RateMyProfessors.com; how many alumni are listed among notable people in “Who’s Who in America;” and three other factors – the average amount of student debt at graduation, the percentage of students graduating in four years, and the number of students or faculty who have won nationally competitive awards.

The magazine’s Web site reads:

“To our way of thinking, a good college is one that meets student needs. While some college rankings are based partly on school reputation as evaluated by college administrators and on the amount of money spent, we focus on things which directly concern incoming students: Will my courses be interesting and rewarding? Will I get a good job after I graduate? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Will I incur a ton of debt getting my degree?”

For complete information, go to www.forbes.com.

Wofford is the highest rated among the 14 South Carolina institutions listed, including Converse College (147), Furman University (170), Presbyterian College (227), University of South Carolina (431), College of Charleston (347), Clemson University (428) and South Carolina State University (470).

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.