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Wofford College: Narrative Description


429 North Church St.
Spartanburg, SC 29303-3663
Tel: (864)597-4000
Admissions: (864)597-4130
Fax: (864)597-4149
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with United Methodist Church. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1854. Setting: 140-acre urban campus with easy access to Charlotte. Endowment: $109.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8944 per student. Total enrollment: 1,161. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 1,632 applied, 66% were admitted. 57% from top 10% of their high school class, 82% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 8 class presidents, 19 valedictorians, 42 student government officers. Full-time: 1,148 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 13 students, 38% women, 62% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 5 other countries, 35% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 7% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 0% 25 or older, 88% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Converse College, University of South Carolina-Spartanburg. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations, interview, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/15 for early decision. Notification: 3/15, 12/1 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $28,740 includes full-time tuition ($21,480), mandatory fees ($820), and college room and board ($6440). College room only: $3475. Part-time tuition: $805 per hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 68 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 54% of eligible men and 64% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: performing arts groups, Twin Towers student volunteers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Weekend/Greek Games, Phi Beta Kappa Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 966 students; 1,029 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Option: coed housing available. Sandor Teszler Library with 245,730 books, 37,005 microform titles, 10,046 serials, 2,796 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 35 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Spartanburg County (population 250,000) is a thriving, rapidly growing Sunbelt business center that is particularly well known for its international community. Wofford students live in a downtown setting near restaurants, churches of all denominations, shopping districts, a busy arts center, and four other college campuses. Memorial Auditorium, Wofford's next-door neighbor, features concerts, touring Broadway plays, and other special attractions. Several major airlines serve the convenient Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, which is only twenty miles from the campus. Interstate highways 26 and 85 intersect at Spartanburg. Charlotte, Atlanta, historic Charleston, and South Carolina's world-famous coastal resorts are all within a pleasant afternoon drive.

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