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Wofford College is a liberal arts college of about 1,500 students located in Spartanburgmarker, South Carolinamarker. 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." The college's Main Building is the oldest structure on campus and was designed by the noted Charleston architect Edward C. Jones. 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. In 2002, The entire campus was designated as an arboretum, and Wofford is a member of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.

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. The campus now consists of 48 buildings on 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.



113 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, Finance, French, German, Government, History, Humanities, Intercultural Studies, Intercultural Studies for Business, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, and Theater.[86784]

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.

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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Logo used to represent Wofford Athletics

The Wofford Terriers compete in NCAA Division I (in the Football Championship Subdivision for football) and in the Southern Conference. From 1988-95 the college participated in NCAA Division 2. Prior to that they were in the 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. The 2003 football season was a banner year for the Terriers. Winning their first Southern Conference title, they 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. Mens Soccer made a huge stride in 2009 when Coach Ralph Polson Led them to there first Southern Conference Championship and advancing to the first round of the NCAA playoffs in only his second season as head coach.

Campus Life

Over twelve hundred 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 Diserment 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.


See also: :Category:Wofford College alumni

Of over 14,457 living alumni:
  • 1,401 are presidents or owners of corporations or organizations
  • 1,273 practice medicine, dentistry or other health-care professions
  • 682 are attorneys or judges
  • 2 current judges of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Reference List

  1. David Duncan Wallace, History of Wofford College (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1951) pp. 48-56
  2. Wofford: Shining With Untarnished Honor, 1854-2004 (Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Writers Group, 2005), p. 14
  3. Wallace, History of Wofford College, p. 248
  4. Wofford: Shining With Untarnished Honor, p. 174

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