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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 2015 Enrollment
1,660 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
50% male — 50% female
48% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
131 full-time faculty
21 part-time faculty
11 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 2015

87% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

81% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 8%
White 81%
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 1%


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, sharing in the joy of their adventures and helping underclassmen as they decide on their own future travel experiences.

Peer Tutoring

Wofford offers peer tutoring services to students who 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 for Innovation and Learning 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. The incredible innovation and research are used to improve academia through a four-part plan, the first of which encourages innovation in teaching itself. Wofford recognizes the changing climate of education and, with that understanding, it 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, it provides an ideal educational environment for both students and faculty. And finally, Wofford then assesses each initiative to measure its actual impact on the community in order to improve them year after year.


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 projects aimed to make a positive impact on the community. Ideas are pitched, chosen, and employed with the help of the Wofford staff. These initiatives are a great way to give students the experience of leading life-changing work, all while affecting real change to the world around them.

Greek Life

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

Campus Ministry

Wofford’s campus ministry provides a comforting community of faith and support. Students are encouraged to utilize campus ministry for their needs, academic and personal alike. Students are naturally pushed to tackle big questions while in college, and campus ministry is available to assist deep thought and large life 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

At The Space, students from all areas of study and discipline come together to share and gain marketable skills that are valued by employers and graduate programs. The Space is dedicated to preparing students for postgraduate 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.” designed to give students an idea of what to expect when they leave college. Institute is highly lauded as an ideal preparatory program that exposes students to potential challenges they will face in the adult world.


Admissions Fall 2015

2,792 Total Applicants 
2,005 Total Admissions 
442 Total Freshman Enrollment

71.81% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

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


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $37,375
Fees $1,330
Total $38,705
Room and Board (on campus) $11,180
Room Only $6,545
Board Only $4,635
Estimated Total On Campus $49,885


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

94% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
49% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$25,987 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,871 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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