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Wofford featured in Princeton Review’s ‘Best 361 Colleges’

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Princeton Review 07SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is featured among “The Best 361 Colleges” in the 2007 edition of Princeton Review’s annual college guide, which also ranks the college’s professors highly.

The New York-based education services company publishes the listing annually; only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in the United States and two Canadian colleges are featured in the book.  It has two-page profiles of the schools and student survey-based ranking lists of top 20 colleges in more than 60 categories.  The guide is available at bookstores (Random House / Princeton Review, August 22, 2006, $21.95) and Princeton Review posts the book’s annual ranking lists on its Web site at www. PrincetonReview.com, where it has FAQs about the book, rankings and survey.

“Wofford College distinguishes itself by providing students with an extremely supportive environment,” the guide says.  “This concern extends to the applications it receives, each of which is given careful consideration. Students who have earned decent grades in challenging courses will find themselves with an opportunity to attend a school that is gaining a reputation as one of the south’s premier liberal arts colleges.”

It continues, “‘A great tradition of academic excellence, a good social life, and a community that lasts far beyond graduation’ all draw students to Wofford College, a small southern liberal arts school with ‘an outstanding biology program’ that produces ‘a high percentage of students accepted into medical and dental school.’”

Wofford has the highest composite score of any of the five campuses in South Carolina listed, based on Princeton Review’s ratings in four categories – academics, campus life, selectivity and financial.  Wofford’s composite score was 358, followed by Furman University at 354, Clemson University at 337, the College of Charleston at 329 and the University of South Carolina at 308.

“We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing.  “We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years.  We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we hear from and survey year-long.  Finally, we work to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.”

Wofford also ranked #17 in the list of top 20 colleges where “professors get high marks.”  The college’s social life also was ranked – #4 in “major” fraternity and sorority activities.

The ranking lists in the 2007 edition of “The Best 361 Colleges” are based on The Princeton Review’s survey of 115,000 students (about 300 per campus on average) attending the 361 colleges in the book.  A college’s appearance on these lists is attributable to a high consensus among its surveyed students about the subject.  The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them.  Ranking lists report the top 20 schools in categories that range from best professors, administration and campus food to lists based on student body political leanings, interest in sports and other aspects of campus life.  The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book 1 to 361 in any single category.