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Wofford in Princeton Review's 'Best 373 Colleges'


2010-08-02

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College 'one of the South’s premier liberal arts colleges'
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, which features Wofford in the new 2011 edition of its popular guidebook “The Best 373 Colleges” released today (Monday, Aug. 2, 2010)

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, The Princeton Review’s flagship annual college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with school rating scores in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 institutions in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges.

“We are pleased that Wofford is consistently included in The Princeton Review guide, confirming that we are providing a superior liberal arts education at the best value for our students,” says Dr. David S. Wood, dean of the college.

Wofford also was named one of the best colleges in the Southeast. It is one of 133 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its Web site feature “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

The 133 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” designations are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 152 in the Midwest, and 120 in the West as best in their locales on the company’s “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 623 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

In its profile on Wofford, The Princeton Review says Wofford is “gaining a reputation as one of the South’s premier liberal arts colleges,” adding that the college provides its student “with an extremely supportive environment.”

The profile quotes extensively from Wofford students The Princeton Review surveyed for the book. Among their comments about their Wofford experiences:

Wofford “is an extremely challenging institution with a strong local and increasing national reputation.”

“Students at Wofford are academically oriented and tend to put ‘their education first.’”

“A junior assures us ‘everyone interacts together, and there are no exclusive groups on campus.’”

Perhaps Wofford can be summed up best by this junior who simply states it’s “an educational dream.”

Wofford again was on the top 20 list for “Major Frat and Sorority Scene,” ranking 11th.

Roberta Bigger, dean of students, says, “Fraternities and sororities sponsor many social events as well as service-oriented activities. Greek social activities, which are open to the entire campus, contribute to a more diverse and vibrant social life on campus. Each fraternity and sorority supports its own philanthropic organizations and causes, and in addition, each year they come together during Greek Week to raise money for a local charity.

“These organizations also provide students with the opportunity to hold leadership roles and learn skills associated with that,” Bigger adds.

The Princeton Review’s 62 ranking lists in “The Best 373 Colleges” are entirely based on its survey of 122,000 students (about 325 per campus, on average) attending the colleges in the book. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from student assessments of their professors, administrators, financial aid, and campus food. Other ranking lists are based on student reports about their student body’s political leanings, race/class relations, gay community acceptance, and other aspects of campus life.

The college profiles in “The Best 373 Colleges” also have ratings that are based largely on institutional data The Princeton Review collected during the 2009-10 academic year. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 that are tallied in eight categories. Among them are ratings for Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green, a measure of the college’s commitment to environmentally related policies, practices and education.

Among the ratings in the profile on Wofford are scores of 89 for Quality of Life, 82 for Green, 91 for Academics and 93 for Admissions Selectivity.

The Princeton Review posts the school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 373 Colleges” on its site www. PrincetonReview.com at which users can read FAQs about the book, the survey, and the criteria for each of the ratings and rankings.