Wofford College is a liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Wofford College was founded in 1854 with money bequeathed after the death of Benjamin Wofford, the school's namesake. Wofford College is one of the few four-year institutions in the Southern United States that was founded before the American Civil War that is still operating and located on its original campus.
The academic year consists of a four mouth fall semester, a one month January term called the Interim Period, and a four month spring semester
Wofford's many academic credentials include having an average SAT score of 1241, which is higher than their enrollment of 1,133 and being one of only five independent colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the Carolinas (Davidson, Duke, Furman and Wake Forest are the others).
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The Wofford Terriers (aka The T-Dogs) compete in NCAA Division I (I-AA for football) in the Southern Conference. Wofford College is represented by 17 men and women's varsity sports. Athletes train in the Richardson Physical Activities Building (RPAB), located behind the newly renovated Campus Life building. The RPAB was constructed by Wofford alum Jerry Richardson, the owner of the Carolina Panthers, for student use during the school year. In return during the summer, the Carolina Panther's train there.
The Interim Period is designed to provide students with opportunities for new experiences. Many students use this four week time period to travel abroad to places all over the world. In 2006 the Interim Program will take students kayaking in Costa Rica, play going in New York City, 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.
Academic Majors and Programs
- Art History
- Business Economics
- Computer Science
- Intercultural Studies
- Intercultural Studies for Business
- Of Over 14,945 Living Alumni
- 1,310 are presidents or owners of corporations or organizations
- 1,273 practice medicine, dentistry or other health-care professions
- 661 are attorneys or judges
- 3 of the 5 justices of the South Carolina Supreme Court are Wofford alumni.
- 2 judges of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals are as well.