SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College ranked 58th overall and is the highest-rated South Carolina institution in the third annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes.com released this week.
The college rose from a ranking of 71 on the 2009 list. Wofford was the highest-rated among the 13 South Carolina colleges and universities listed.
“To our way of thinking, a good college is one that meets student needs. While other college rankings are based in large part on school reputation as evaluated by college administrators, we focus on factors that directly concern incoming students: Will my courses be interesting? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Will I incur a ton of debt getting my degree? And once I get out of school, will I get a good job?"
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The publication ranked 600 colleges and universities, based on student evaluations of courses and instructors, as recorded on the Web site RateMyProfessors.com; how many alumni are listed among notable people in “Who’s Who in America;” and three other factors – the average amount of student debt at graduation, the percentage of students graduating in four years, and the number of students or faculty who have won nationally competitive awards.
Of the more than 4,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, approximately 350 are selective in admission and attract a disproportionate share of the nation’s best students. Information about these institutions, including Wofford, is highlighted in a number of commercially published college guides, including U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review College Guide, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, the (Yale) Insider’s Guide, Peterson’s Colleges for Top Students and ISI’s Choosing the Right College. The guides provide useful statistical information and offer interesting and different perspectives from campus-based view books and Web sites.
Wofford is profiled in all of these guides, and the college has earned national distinctions in non-commercial publications, such as the book “Student Success in College” and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Information on NSSE is available here.