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Wofford College
Wofford College
Motto Intaminatis fulget honoribus
Motto in English She shines with untarnished honor
Established 1854
Type Private
Endowment US$126 million[1]
President Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap
Faculty 117 (Fall 2009)[2]
Undergraduates 1,439 (Fall 2009)[3]
Location Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Old Gold and Black         
Mascot Boston Terrier
Athletics Division I
Affiliations Southern Conference
Website www.wofford.edu
Wofford Logo.jpg

Coordinates: 34°57′32″N 81°56′06″W / 34.959°N 81.935°W / 34.959; -81.935

Wofford College is a liberal arts college of about 1,500 students located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Wofford was founded in 1854 with a bequest of $100,000 from the Rev. Benjamin Wofford (1780-1850), a Methodist minister and Spartanburg native who sought to create a college for "literary, classical, and scientific education in my native district of Spartanburg."[4] The college's Main Building is the oldest structure on campus and was designed by the noted Charleston architect Edward C. Jones.[5] In 1941, Wofford received a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, at the time becoming only the second college in the state to hold a chapter of the national scholarly society.[6] In 2002, The entire 145-acre (0.59 km2) campus was designated as an arboretum, and Wofford is a member of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.[7]

The academic year consists of a four month fall semester, a one month January term called the Interim Period, and a four month spring semester.

Wofford's colors are old gold and black. The school mascot is the Terrier.



Operating continuously on its original campus in the City of Spartanburg, the Wofford College Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[8] The campus now consists of 48 buildings on 170 acres (0.69 km2) maintained and has been designated as “the Roger Milliken Arboretum.”

Ranked as one of the top 60 national private, liberal arts colleges in the country, Wofford has a 78 percent graduation rate and a 40 percent alumni giving rate. The average SAT range of the college is between 1,140 and 1,350. 58 percent of the incoming freshman class in 2006 finished in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Wofford is in the 2008 issue of the annual America's Best Colleges issue and guidebook published by U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review also features Wofford in the 2007 edition of its annual book, The Best 361 Colleges.




117 full-time teaching faculty, 94 percent of whom have earned a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree. FTE faculty to student ratio: 1 to 11

Majors and Minors

Wofford College offers academic majors in Accounting, Art History, Biology, Business Economics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Chinese Language and Culture, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Finance, French, German, Government, History, Humanities, Intercultural Studies, Intercultural Studies for Business, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, and Theater. [1]

It also offers pre-professional programs about Education, Engineering, Medical, Law, Ministry and Veterinary Science.

Wofford College ranked fifth among baccalaureate institutions in the country in the percentage of undergraduates receiving credit for studying abroad, according to the 2008 Open Doors survey. For the past ten years, Wofford has consistently ranked among the top 10 nationally in this survey.[9]

Interim Program

The Interim Period is designed to provide students with opportunities for new experiences outside the realm of traditional academics. Many students use this four week time period to travel abroad to places all over the world. In 2006 the Interim Program took students kayaking in Costa Rica, play going in New York City, visiting Koinonia Partners and backpacking in Central America. In addition to these off-campus opportunities there are several on-campus interims as well. In 2006, these will include "No Apologies: The Case for American Greatness," "Neo-Synthesis of self-replicating Occular Patdowns," "Cartography: A Study of Maps, History, and Culture," and others. In addition to the offered Interims students can design and submit independent Interim studies which may or may not take the student off-campus.


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Wofford Athletics

The Wofford Terriers compete in NCAA Division I in the Southern Conference, which is in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) for football. From 1988-95, Wofford was in Division II, moving up from NAIA.

Wofford is represented by 18 men and women's varsity sports. Athletes train in the Richardson Physical Activities Building. The Richardson Building is named for the family of Wofford alum Jerry Richardson, the owner of the Carolina Panthers. The Carolina Panthers annually hold summer training camp at Wofford. Gibbs Stadium, opened in 1996, is the home field for Terrier football games as well as for Spartanburg High School. In 2003 the football team won their first Southern Conference title, and advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA Football Semi-Finals. The Terriers took their second title as 2007 SoCon champions. The 2007 baseball team won the Southern Conference championship, advancing to the NCAA regional tournament. After several years of playing off-campus, the baseball team returned to newly-renovated Russell C. King Field on campus in 2004. Mens and women's basketball and volleyball teams play in the Benjamin Johnson Arena of the Campus Life Building, opened in 1981. Soccer teams play on Snyder Field, which was the college's football stadium through 1995. In 2009 the men's soccer team, under Coach Ralph Polson, won their first Southern Conference Championship and advanced to the first round of the NCAA playoffs in only his second season as head coach. In 2010, the men's basketball team won both the regular season conference title and the Southern Conference tournament championship. The tournament victory qualified Wofford for the NCAA tournament for the first time in the school's history. [10]

Campus Life

Over 1,300 students live on campus in several residence halls or new apartment style housing, dubbed “The Village.” Wofford has a variety of student organizations on campus, including ministry and service learning programs like: Bonner Scholars, Twin Towers, Lions Club, Alpha Phi Omega, Vocational Discerment Pre-Ministral Program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Baptist Student Union. The college sponsors 14 chapters of national fraternities and sororities with 43 percent of men and 60 percent of women participating. Wofford offers an Army ROTC program as well as a variety of intramural sports programs for students.[11]


See also: Category:Wofford College alumni

External links

Reference List

  1. ^ http://www.nacubo.org/Documents/research/2009_NCSE_Public_Tables_Endowment_Market_Values.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.wofford.edu/info/fastFacts.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.wofford.edu/info/fastFacts.aspx
  4. ^ David Duncan Wallace, History of Wofford College (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1951) pp. 48-56
  5. ^ Wofford: Shining With Untarnished Honor, 1854-2004 (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Group, 2005), p. 14
  6. ^ Wallace, History of Wofford College, p. 248
  7. ^ Wofford: Shining With Untarnished Honor, p. 174
  8. ^ http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/spartanburg/S10817742012/index.htm
  9. ^ http://www.wofford.edu/newsroom/story.aspx?id=48016
  10. ^ Spartanburg Herald-Journal, March 9, 2010
  11. ^ http://www.one.org/campus/blog/2009/04/07/wofford-college-occ-2008-09-champions/

Simple English

Wofford College is a liberal arts college in Spartanburg. South Carolina and currently has about 1,500 students. Wofford's motto is "Intaminatis fulget honoribus" which means in English ("She shines with untarnished honor"). Wofford's mascot is the terrier and their colors are old gold and black.



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