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Wofford scores on Forbes.com greatest return list

Rankings based on donations per student

From staff reports
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013


Wofford College has been included on a Forbes.com list of schools with the greatest return on investment, officials said.

The school is ranked 46 out of the schools included on the Top 100 Grateful Graduates Index that was released by the website on Tuesday.

The list includes only private, not-for-profit colleges with more than 1,000 full-time students and was developed by ranking the schools according to the amount of private giving each receives.

The 10-year median donation per student at Wofford was $11,216.

“One of the perennial topics of discussion among parents and pundits is which schools provide the greatest return-on-investment?” Forbes.com columnist Matt Schifrin said of the Grateful Graduates Index, which divides the amount of private gifts by the number of full time students to measure the success of alumnus and “how grateful they feel toward their alma mater.”

“In some ways the Grateful Graduates Index is a vindication of the old fashioned idea of getting a good liberal arts education,” Schifrin said.

Other colleges and universities on the list include Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Duke.


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