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Wofford ranked among nation’s best liberal arts colleges


2009-08-20

Also selected as a ‘best buy’ college by U.S. News & World Report

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is listed among the 10 best liberal arts colleges in the South and is in the top quartile of the 266 colleges in its category in latest U.S. News & World Report college rankings. Wofford also was chosen as one of 31 liberal arts colleges in the feature “Great Schools, Great Prices.”

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.

In U.S. News’ list, Wofford continues to rank in the top quartile of liberal arts colleges, a category that is not grouped by region. This year, Wofford ranked at #62, tied with Beloit College (Wis.), Earlham College (Ind.), Virginia Military Institute and Willamette University (Ore.). Davidson College, ranked #8 nationally, headed the list of liberal arts colleges in the South.

Earlier this week, Forbes.com rated Wofford as the best college or university in the Carolinas at #71 in its national ranking of 600 institutions, and #62 among private institutions. Wofford also recently was listed by The Princeton Review as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2010 edition of its popular guidebook “The Best 371 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 viewbooks and Web sites.

Wofford is pleased to be profiled in all of these guides. We also are proud of the national distinctions we have earned in non-commercial settings, such as the book “Student Success in College” and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). You may find information on NSSE at www.wofford.edu/nsse.