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'The Academic Bowl'

Thursday, November 29, 2007

“The Academic Bowl”
WoffordCollege vs. University of Richmond
7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007
Gibbs Stadium, Wofford College
Spartanburg, S.C.
 

Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., are a little more than 350 miles apart – not too far away for Richmond fans to travel this Saturday to watch the two battle it out on the gridiron in the second round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs.

The two institutions aren’t so far apart in other ways, either.

Both are independent, highly selective liberal arts institutions with exceptional academic profiles.  Both have long histories and rich traditions.

Here are some interesting notes, contrasting and comparing the two:

FACT 

WOFFORD COLLEGE 

UNIVERSITY
OF RICHMOND
 

Year Founded 

1854 – one of a handful of colleges/universities that have operated continuously on their original campuses

1830 – second-oldest private university in Virginia

Rankings 

(of 215 national liberal arts colleges) 

Tied for 59th in U.S. News & World Report ranking of national liberal arts colleges/universities

8th among Southern institutions

Tied for 40th in U.S. News & World Report ranking of national liberal arts colleges/universities

Tied for 4th among Southern institutions

Presidents 

Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap, 10th president in 153 years (2000)

Dr. Edward L. Ayers, 9th president in 177 years (2007)

Enrollment (undergraduate) 

1,350

2,857

Enrollment by gender 

50% women; 50% men

51% women; 49% men

Enrollment by minorities 

12%

12%

Four-year graduation rate 

75.4%

79%

Six-year graduation rates 

77.2%

83%

Applicant-to-accepted percentage 

53%

39.89%

Average SAT scores 

1140-1340
(current first-year class)

1220-1350
(current first-year class)

Endowment per student 

$128,411

$434,608

Freshman to sophomore retention rate 

93%

91%

Faculty-student ratio 

1:11

1:10

# of Full-time Faculty 

106

93% hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree

347

98% hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree

Programs for study abroad 

(Open Doors 2005 report) 

Ranked #2 for undergraduate participation for baccalaureate degree institutions

Ranked #8 for undergraduate participation for master’s degree institutions

Majors 

25 majors

13 minors

12 concentrations

55 majors

42 minors

12 concentrations

Academic achievements 

Phi Beta Kappa campus

Students have been recipients of the Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, Madison, Udall, Rotary Ambassador, Woodrow Wilson Fellows scholarships

Phi Beta Kappa campus

Students have been recipients of the Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Clarendon, Truman and Fulbright scholarships.

Alumni profile 

14,887 living alumni

Prominent alumni:

Jerome J. (Jerry) Richardson, founder and owner of the NFL Carolina Panthers

Paul Atkins, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner

Will Willimon, Methodist Bishop, author and nationally known preacher

Brig. Gen. Rodney Anderson, U.S. Army, Deputy Commander of 82nd Airborne

Catherine Sloss Crenshaw, president and CEO of Sloss Real Estate (Birmingham, Ala.), Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Design School

Douglas E. Wood, founder and principal director of the National Academy for Excellence in Teaching, Columbia University’s Teachers College

Greg O’Dell, CEO of DC Sports and Entertainment Commission

Michael Copps, Federal Communications Commissioner

Fisher DeBerry, former head football coach of the Air Force Academy

44,421 living alumni

Prominent alumni:

Leland Melvin, former NFL player, now space shuttle astronaut

Leslie M. “Bud” Baker Jr., retired chairman of Wachovia Corp.

Shawn Barber, NFL Houston Texans linebacker

Sean Casey, Detroit Tigers first baseman

Theresa Pollak, artist

Bruce Hornsby, singer-songwriter

Tim Finchem, Professional Golf Association Commissioner

Lt. Gen. Robert T. Dail, U.S. Army

Brig. Gen. Gina S. Farrisee, U.S. Army