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Wofford College
Wofford’s mission is to provide a superior liberal arts education that prepares its students...

Wofford College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

Wofford’s mission is to provide a superior liberal arts education that prepares its students for extraordinary and positive contributions to society.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,658 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
49% male — 51% female
43% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
131 full-time faculty
20 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

93% of students living on campus.

School Location

Wofford College is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The surrounding metropolitan area is best known as the home of BMW’s assembly, seven higher education institutions, and two medical centers.

Retention Fall 2014

89% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

78% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 8%
White 80%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Division I-AA with 8 Varsity Sports for both men and women including track, basketball, football, and tennis.  Mascot: Terrier  Colors: Black and gold 

Academic Programs

Area Studies, Biology, Accounting, Business Economics, Finance, Computer Science, Secondary Education, Creative Writing, English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish, History, Humanities, Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Government, Sociology, Art, Drama

The Individual Journey
Wofford offers an educational journey that is created for and tailored around the individual strengths of each student. Wofford is highly respected as a leading liberal arts institution that offers over 51 major and minor programs.

Study Abroad
Study abroad is a large part of the Wofford experience. Students have studied in 70 countries, spanning all 7 continents. Programs range from semester-long experiences to a full-year. There are also opportunities for students to engage in international service learning efforts, internships, and excursions. Abroad students use International Program Blogs to keep the Wofford community informed of their travels and experiences. Underclassmen have found the blogs helpful when deciding whether or not to choose a program.

Peer Tutoring
Wofford offers peer tutoring services to students that are looking to gain extra help in their courses. The service is free, and students can find tutors in nearly any subject. Those interested in becoming tutors can contact a professor in their appropriate academic department. 

The Center for Innovation and Learning
The center works to discover and implement resources into the Wofford learning community. The resources are identified and chosen for their capabilities to enhance the educational experience at the College. Innovation and research are used to improve academia through a four-part plan. The plan first encourages innovation in teaching. Wofford recognizes the changing climate of education. With that understanding, Wofford seeks to keep up with the changes through new methods of teaching. Second, the plan supports co-curricular and curricular programming through written initiatives. Third, the plan provides an ideal educational environment for both students and faculty. Finally, Wofford assesses each initiative to measure its actual impact on the community.

Wofford has 131 full-time faculty members, 90% of which hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their respective fields of study. The student-to-faculty ratio is a low 11: 1, and 58% of classes have 20 or fewer students. All courses at Wofford are taught by well-qualified professors, not graduate students.

Excellent Teaching Profile
Michael Curtis teaches English at Wofford. He also participates in the Creative Writing program as a teacher and mentor. Aside from his incredible writing talents, Curtis is the senior editor of the fiction section of The Atlantic Monthly.

Wofford has 18 SoCon NCAA Division 1 Teams, 30 intramural teams, and recreational activities available for students. Recent accomplishments in athletics include NCAA Division I Southern Conference championships in football, baseball, men’s basketball and men’s soccer.

Impact & Launch Competition
Wofford students have the opportunity to design and pitch a project that will positively impact the community. After ideas are pitched, the Wofford community supports all student endeavors, working to see that those initiatives are seen through.

Greek Life
Wofford offers its students the opportunity to join a sorority or fraternity through its vibrant Greek life. Greek students enjoy benefits such as leadership development, philanthropy, and a tight-knit community of brother and sisterhood.

Campus Ministry
Join Wofford’s campus ministry and enjoy a community of faith and support. Students are encouraged to utilize campus ministry for their needs, whether they are academic or personal. Students will tackle big questions in college, and campus ministry is available to assist in those decisions.

Get Involved
There are several clubs and organizations at Wofford. Club categories include: Honor societies, student government, religious & service, academic & professional, special interest, Greek life, performing arts, and student publications.

The Space
Students from all areas of study and discipline come together to gain marketable skills, valued by employers and graduate programs. The Space is dedicated to preparing students for post-graduate success in any and all endeavors. Career Services assists with this effort by providing students with coaching and interviewing tips.

The Sophomore Experience
The Sophomore Experience is a 24-hour crash course that prepares students for the realities and demands of the working world. Ultimately, the experience is meant to mentor students and assist in their decision to pick a major.

Institute is a 4 week program that recreates the “real world.” The program is designed to give students an idea of what to expect when they leave college. Institute is highly lauded as an ideal preparatory program.


Admissions Fall 2014

2,556 Total Applicants
1,978 Total Admissions
487 Total Freshmen Enrollment

77.39% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 630
SAT Math 530 640
SAT Writing 520 620
ACT Composite 24 30
ACT Math 23 28
ACT English 23 29
ACT Writing 7 8


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $ 35,850
Fees $ 1,270
Total $ 37,120
Room and Board (on campus) $ 10,730
Room Only $ 6,280
Board Only $ 4,450
Estimated Total On Campus $ 47,850


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

91% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
43% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$24,528 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$7,971 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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