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Wofford named ‘Up-and-Comer,’ best value by U.S. News

College continues to be ranked among top national liberal arts institutions

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Students get individualized attention at Wofford with an 11-to-1 student to faculty ratio.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is a "best value" and one of the “2014 Up-and-Comers” among national liberal arts colleges, nominated by peer institutions for U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” released Sept. 10. 

Wofford also ranks 65th among the 248 national liberal arts colleges on the “best colleges” list. 

Wofford is tied for sixth among the 10 national liberal arts colleges listed as “up-and-comers” noted for their “promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.” Colleges on the list are cited most often by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans who were asked by the publication to identify up to 10 up-and-coming schools in their U.S. News ranking category. For Wofford, that category is national liberal arts colleges. The institutions are ranked in descending order based on the number of nominations they receive. Among the other colleges on the list are Berry College, Hendrix College, Roanoke College and the University of Richmond. 

The college is 27th among the 40 national liberal arts colleges on the “best value” list, “Great Schools at Great Prices.” The list is determined by a formula that includes the college’s academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. Other institutions on the list include Amherst College, Barnard College, Washington and Lee University, the University of Richmond, Middlebury College, Centre College, Sewanee-University of the South and Davidson College. 

Wofford is the only South Carolina institution on the “best value” and “up-and-comers” lists. 

“While there is so much more to any institution than college rankings, there is an element of reaffirmation to these rankings,” Wofford President Nayef H. Samhat says. “To be a best value for our students and considered among the most promising and innovative colleges in the nation is certainly an honor, and this recognizes the outstanding teaching and transformative experiences students have here at Wofford.”

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Wofford continues to be included in national commercial college guide books. Earlier this year, the college was listed among the country’s best institutions in The Princeton Review’s 2014 edition of its annual college guide “The Best 378 Colleges,” which also recognized it as 19th for “Best Science Lab Facilities.” Wofford was among the top 120 colleges and universities in the country – and the highest-ranked South Carolina institution – in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” list. The 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges released recently also includes Wofford, which also is included in the guide’s “Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Business” listing targeted for pre-professionals. Wofford also is again included in The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges 2014 edition.