Wofford College

Wofford College

Infobox University
name = Wofford College
motto = "Intaminatis fulget honoribus" (She shines with untarnished honor)

established = 1854
type = Private
president = Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap
city = Spartanburg
state = South Carolina
country = United States
undergrad = 1,350
faculty = 106
campus = Suburban
mascot = Boston Terrier
colors= Gold and Black color box|#CFB53Bcolor box|#000000
website = [http://www.wofford.edu/ www.wofford.edu]

Wofford College is a small liberal arts college 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." In 1941, Wofford received a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2002, The entire convert|145|acre|km2|sing=on 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 [http://www.wofford.edu/interim/default.asp Interim Period] , and a four month spring semester.

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


Operating continuously on its original campus in the City of Spartanburg, Wofford is listed as a National Historic District. The campus now consists of 48 buildings on 170 maintained acres and has been designated as “the Roger Milliken Arboretum.” Located at the Junction of I-85 and I-26 in the South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg is convenient to the mountains and the beach, and close to both Charlotte and Atlanta. The GSP International Airport is only a few miles west of the city. Major corporate citizens of Spartanburg County (pop. 250,000) include BMW, QS-1, Milliken & Company and Denny’s Restaurants. Home to six diverse higher education institutions, Spartanburg has the highest number of college students per capita of any major city in South Carolina.

Ranked as one of the top 60 national 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.

Academic Majors and Programs

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. [http://www.wofford.edu/academics/]

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

Wofford College ranks fourth in the country in the percentage of undergraduates receiving credit for studying abroad, according to Open Doors national survey. For the past ten years, Wofford has consistently ranked among the top 10 nationally in this survey.

Interim Program

The [http://www.wofford.edu/interim/ 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 [http://www.koinoniapartners.org 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 "The History and Politics of Hip-Hop Music and Culture in America," "You Are What You Eat: The Study of Food in Culture," "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.


The Wofford Terriers compete in NCAA Division I (in the Football Championship Subdivision for football) and in the Southern Conference. Notably, Wofford has the smallest enrollment of any Division I school that sponsors football.Fact|date=June 2008 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, located behind the newly renovated Raines Center, formerly the Campus Life 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. 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.

Campus Life

1,221 students live on campus in residence halls or new apartment style housing (“The Village”)Wofford has 14 chapters National Fraternity and Sorority Chapters. 43 percent of the men and 60 percent of the women are members of National Fraternities and Sororities. Wofford has many campus ministry and service learning programs. These include Bonner Scholars, Twin Towers, Lions Club, Alpha Phi Omega, Vocational Diserment Pre-Ministral Program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Baptist Student Union. The college also has an Army ROTC program. Additionally there is an active sports intramural program for student's to participate in.


:"See also: "
* Five Rhodes Scholars, Five Truman Scholars, Two Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, 12 Woodrow Wilson Fellows, 12 Rotary Ambassador Scholars, Two James Madison Fellows, and one Morris K. Udall Scholar.
* Alumni include 42 College or University Presidents
* Two of the five Justices of the SC Supreme Court (John Henry Waller and Costa M. Pleicones)
* Rodney O. Anderson - General in the United States Army.
* Paul S. Atkins- Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
* Tom Bolt- Attorney, President of the American Counsel Association
* David English Camak - Founder of Spartanburg Methodist College
* Michael J. Copps- Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission
* Otto Davis- Economist and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and co-founder of the Heinz School
* Fisher DeBerry- Former Head Football Coach at the Air Force Academy (1984-2006)
* Samuel Dibble - First graduate of Wofford College, 1856, later a U. S. Congressman
* William Wallace Duncan (1858 graduate) - Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South
* William Preston Few- First president of Duke University and the fifth president of its predecessor, Trinity College.
* William A. Finley - First president of Oregon State University
* Donald Fowler- Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
* James H. Kirkland- Former Chancellor of Vanderbilt University
* Olin D. Johnston - Former United States Senator, South Carolina (1945-1965)
* George Dean Johnson - Founder of Extended Stay Hotels, Co-Founder of Advance America, Co-Founder and Chairman of OTO Development, Founder and Chairman of Johnson Development & Associates
*Marshall L. "Jack" Meadors- Retired Bishop of the United Methodist Church
*Dr. Austin T. Moore - Orthopedist; Inventor hip replacement surgery
*Danny Morrison - Athletic Director of Texas Christian University
*Albert C. Outler- Theologian and Philosopher
*Joe Pickens - Current member of the Florida House of Representatives
*Jerry Richardson - Owner of the Carolina Panthers
*Chris Robinson- Lead Singer of the Black Crowes
*Richard Wright Simpson - Class of 1861 (Confederate Veteran, 3rd SC Inf, Co A) 1st President Clemson College, Executor of the will of Thomas Green Clemson.
*Ellison D. Smith- Former United States Senator, South Carolina (1909-1945) 17th longest-serving senator in history @ 35 yrs, 8 mos. Smith opposed the woman's suffrage movement, and specifically the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Tying the amendment to black suffrage, he warned on the Senate floor "Here is exactly the identical same amendment applied to the other half of the Negro race. The southern man who votes for the Susan B. Anthony Amendment votes to ratify the Fifteenth Amendment (Cong. Rec., 58:618 (June 4, 1919))."
*Willie Varner- 6th All-Time winningest coach in high school football history
*William H. Willimon- Bishop of the United Methodist Church

Of over 14,457 living alumni:
*1,401 are presidents or owners of corporations or organizationsFact|date=June 2008
*1,273 practice medicine, dentistry or other health-care professionsFact|date=June 2008
*682 are attorneys or judgesFact|date=June 2008
*2 current judges of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.Fact|date=June 2008

External links

* [http://www.wofford.edu/ Official website]

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