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Wofford among nation's best liberal arts colleges



U.S. News & World Report also selects college as a ‘best buy’

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College remains in the top quartile of the 266 national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” The college also continues to be on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list.

In U.S. News’ “Best Colleges” list, Wofford continues to rank in the top quartile of national liberal arts colleges, a category that is not grouped by region. This year, Wofford ranks at #62.

Inclusion on the “best buy” list was 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. Wofford ranks number 29 on the list of 40 national liberal arts colleges, moving up from number 31 last year.

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Last week, rated Wofford as the best college or university in South Carolina at #58 in its national rankings of 600 institutions in its “America’s Best Colleges” list. Wofford rose from a ranking of #71 on last year’s list.

The Princeton Review earlier this month featured Wofford as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education in its 2011 edition of its guidebook “The Best 373 Colleges,” which called Wofford “one of the South’s premier liberal arts colleges.

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 at