SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College’s Class of 2012, with 416 first-year students who begin classes on Monday, Sept. 1, is the largest, most well-prepared incoming class in the college’s history.
Brand Stille, vice president for enrollment, says Wofford welcomes 416 students, 213 men and 203 women, its largest freshman class ever. In addition, Stille points out that these students come from 27 states and six countries, including such faraway places as Rwanda, Tanzania and New Zealand.
“More than half of the incoming class ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class,” said Stille. “And the middle 50 percent scored 1145-1330 on their SAT. On top of that, one out of every 13 was either valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school class, and 16 were student body presidents of their high schools.
More on the Class of 2012:
• 33 are the first in their families to attend college
• One is a homecoming queen who drives a racecar
• One was a caddy at the U.S. Open
• One has been to the top of six fourteeners (mountains that have elevation of 14,000 feet or more)
• One wrote and edited a trilogy that is in the process of being published
• One claims to have memorized every pop song since his year of birth (1991)
• One is a triathlete
• One is a semi-professional kayaker
• One traveled to China to install water treatment systems for three weeks
• One has nine siblings and lived in Alaska for 12 years
• One started a program that raised $1,500 in relief for Katrina victims
• One can pogo stick jump for 1,110 consecutive jumps (would have done more but got pushed off by a friend)
• One saved a peer from drowning during the Duke University Marine Lab
• One was the SC Beta Club vice president
• One was a three-time state champion in two different sports
• One is a Greek folk dancer
• One won a Battle of the Bands in Montgomery, Ala. and his band put out a CD
• One was cum laude on the National Latin Exam