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Wofford ranked in Princeton Review's 'Best Colleges' guide

By Lee G. Healy
Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012  

Wofford College is among a handful of South Carolina schools included in The Princeton Review's "The Best 377 Colleges" guide, released this week.

The latest edition of the annual college guide includes 62 ranking lists based on surveys from 122,000 students at the 377 top colleges, as selected by The Princeton Review. Although "The Best 377" list is unranked, each of the 62 categories report the top 20 colleges for that specific area.

"Each of our 377 best colleges offers outstanding academics," said Robert Franek, the book's author and Princeton Review senior vice president/publisher in a news release. "We don't rank them 1 to 377, because they differ widely in their program offerings and campus culture, and that is their strength. Instead, we tally lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories based entirely on what students at these schools tell us about their campus experiences. Our goal is not to crown one college ‘best' overall, but to help applicants find and get in to the college best for them."

Wofford, a private college in Spartanburg, is ranked eighth among the top 20 institutions with "Lots of Greek Life" and 20th among the 20 "Best Run Colleges."

Other South Carolina schools included in "The Best 377 Colleges" list include Clemson University, College of Charleston, Furman University and The University of South Carolina-Columbia.

Wofford President Bernie Dunlap said he was pleased with the positive rankings, especially considering the students' roles in generating them.

"It's not institutional propaganda. It's customer comments, so that's what sets it apart, and that's why we can never be quite sure from year to year what it will say," Dunlap said. "We never know what's going to be said, but in recent years we've been very pleased."

The Princeton Review's profile of Wofford notes in part that the school "is known as ‘a great and successful academic school,' a ‘community of learning where individuality, curiosity, and success are fostered every day' in large part thanks to a staff of educators that ‘challenges students to think and discuss their ideas in every class.'"

For more information on "The Best 377 Colleges" in 2012, visit The Princeton Review's website at