Wofford College
Spartanburg, SC, USA

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Wofford College
4.32 Average Rating

Meghan from Columbia, SC

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Wofford is a small college with big dreams. This college might be small, but has plenty of options for research and internships. I highly recommend this college if you're looking for deep, personal relationships with your fellow classmates and professors.
Tips for prospective students
Highly recommend getting to know the department in which you want to major in. There have been multiple days where I would speak with my advisor on a personal level. She would comfort me and help me get back on my feet!
Academic Rigor
This is a hard school. Be ready to be challenged.
Dorm Life
The dorms are clean and offer a great community environment. The senior housing is unbelievable! Many people say that it's better than their first apartment.
Food and Dining
Burwell, the cafeteria, has stepped their game up and is offering more varieties of food. The only thing that stinks is there is hardly anything open on the weekends for food and most of the time you'll have to go out and get something.
What to do for fun
Most people are found at the Greek Village on a Friday night. There are multiple things to do during the week hosted by all sorts of clubs. There is never a shortage of things to do around campus.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Before you graduate, you are suppose to get into the BellTower. During finals, everyone goes to rub a misspelling on a bench. It's said to bring good luck on your exams!
Great for these types of students
People who love small schools and good (volatile) weather.
Clubs and Activities
There are so much clubs that you will have to try hard not to be involved in things. Even if they don't have what you're looking for, it's easy to start a club and get others interested in it.
Greek Life
The school is mostly Greek Life. They say it's about 50% Greek, but it leans more towards 80%.
Campus Safety
Top notch! I recommend getting to know the officers because they will always have your back.
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Elizabeth

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Wofford has a beautiful campus covered in greenery. It has an incredibly friendly environment due to its small student population. All the staff members are truly helpful to anyone needing assistance.
Tips for prospective students
If you're looking into Wofford, you should opt to attend the Night and Day program, which will give you a chance to stay in a dorm, eat in a cafeteria on campus, and meet your future classmates. Go to Wofford's website, where you'll have access to any information you may need, including blogs written by students throughout their years at Wofford.
Academic Rigor
Wofford is certainly not going to be as challenging as Harvard Law School, but its professors are certainly committed to teaching students and pushing them to achieve all they can.
Dorm Life
All the dorms at Wofford are adequate for students. Wofford is especially known for the Village, its senior housing. The Village is apartment-style housing specifically for seniors (and costs no more than freshman, sophomore, or junior housing). You can find more information on Wofford's website.
Food and Dining
Like most cafeteria food, Wofford's can surely become boring after awhile. However, there are plenty of options on-campus, including a Chick-fil-A and a market located in the Village.
What to do for fun
Wofford has committees specifically created to provide events for students to attend. There are parties on Greek Row that all students are allowed to go to. Wofford is within an hour of beautiful lakes and mountains. Spartanburg has a cute downtown, and Greenville (about 40 minutes away) has great shopping and dining opportunities.
Bang for the buck
Wofford is very expensive at about $45,000 per year. However, the school gives out enormous scholarships. There are specific dates in the fall where students can visit campus to be interviewed for these scholarships, and if you can't visit you can do a Skype interview. I did my interview over Skype and still ended up with a scholarship of $30,000 per year.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Wofford has many cute traditions, including Terrio racing, where different clubs and organizations each get a golf cart and decorate it however they desire. The clubs then have a race around campus in their golf carts.
Great for these types of students
Wofford is great for high achievers who want to go to a serious school but may not be able to afford the more well-known schools.
Clubs and Activities
Wofford has many clubs and activities for students to become involved in. It's a small school, so some of the clubs are also very small. Nonetheless, clubs are a great way to meet students with interests similar to yours. It is also easy to create your own club because the staff are so committed to helping students get involved.
Greek Life
More than half of Wofford's student population participates in Greek life. Because Wofford is a small school, Greek life does not involve stereotypes such as hazing. Greek life at Wofford consists of quite a bit of volunteer work. However, there are plenty of fun activities like parties, formals, and beach trips. Many Greek events welcome non-Greeks as well.
Campus Safety
Wofford has a perfectly safe campus. Everyone is very friendly and looks out for each other.
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Lisa from Baltimore, MD

a current student here
13 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Wofford is a tough school. In order to be a successful student there, you have got to mean business. There's no fooling around or second chances. By attending Wofford, I am challenging myself more than I ever have before and it is definitely already paying off because I have never learned more in one year before.
Am enjoying being here
Wofford is a very small school and the advantage of that is that everyone develops a relationship with each other sooner or later before the four years are up. Everyone at Wofford is serious about school and serious about learning so, no matter our differences, we at least all have that in common. I have made several close friends here who I have been keeping in touch with throughout this long summer!
Bang for the buck
Wofford is the second most expensive school in the state of South Carolina and it is worth every single penny. Although I am having to apply for hundreds of scholarships and financial aid, Wofford is worth the struggle because the professors I have met and the friends I have made have taught me so much that I would not trade anything for.
Tips for prospective students
Know that Wofford is not a joke and it's not an easy ride. Yes, college is supposed to be fun and the best years of your life, and while Wofford is no exception to that rule, you are going to need to work the hardest you have ever worked when you get here but I can promise you that it is going to be worth it. Just be prepared to dedicate yourselves to school if you think you would like to attend Wofford.
Great for these types of students
Wofford is an excellent school for those who enjoy the small town setting. If you're the type of student who likes to stand out, Wofford gives you the opportunity to do so by being made up of such a small student body. If you would like to develop a relationship with your professors and thereby learn more, then Wofford should be one of your top choices.
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Allison from Immokalee, FL

a current student here
7 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Attending a liberal arts college offers you the luxury of knowledge from different fields of study. I feel like I have learned a lot more about different subjects much more than I would have at another college. At Wofford its not uncommon to find a student who is majoring in Biology and religion or finance and sociology. I love that about Wofford and I feel like it makes us unique. We are challenged to multiple fields and connecting them. The small student size allows the professors from different fields to work together whether its in a learning community or creating an interim form their unique interests. Its not everyday that science professors and religion professors teach a class together.
Am enjoying being here
I'll admit, I had a hard time adjusting to Wofford at first because it was much different than I was used to. A new environment, not knowing anyone, and schoolwork on top of that. However, I am Wofford's biggest supporter now. I have nothing but love for the school now and can't imagine myself anywhere else. I think my favorite part is the fact that I am surrounded constantly by intelligent people my age that also know how to relax and goof around. Wofford provides the environment to study in quiet places or study with friends where talking is acceptable. There are so many activities happening on Wofford's campus that its impossible to bored. The student body is very involved and which gave me the opportunity to meet people I normally would not have met otherwise. There is definitely a place for everyone.
Bang for the buck
One slight downside to Wofford is that it is on the expensive side. Wofford does pride itself on the amount of students who have some kind of scholarship, but you definitely have to work for it. Sometimes I feel like what we pay could be put to better use in some areas like renovating some of the dorms and mostly maintenance issues. However I do feel like I my family is making a great investment into my education. Wofford is known for being the Ivy league of the south and I personally would agree with this. The difficulty of the courses are not unmanageable because the professors are very helpful and want to work with students which makes the money more worth it. Wofford also pays for good entertainment throughout the year and great technology around campus.
Tips for prospective students
My main tip for prospective students is to do your research on the colleges your looking at. Go visit the campus and get a real feel for how the campus operates and how the students are. I knew as soon as I stepped on Wofford's campus that it was going to be a beautiful place that had a college campus feeling without feeling too small. Challenge yourself to work hard to achieve what you want.
Great for these types of students
Wofford is great almost any type of personality. Students who excel here study hard and put a lot of work into what they are doing but can also find time to get involved around campus and enjoy time with friends. Wofford is great for students who are able to balance these things. I wasn't used to being so busy and juggling these aspects at first but the great thing about Wofford is that you can join what you want, when you want, and all professors understand that Wofford students are actively involved and help you manage these things when the semester gets busy. The community and fellowship between students created at Wofford by the dorm life and student life gives students the opportunity to seek help from all directions whether it be the friends on your hall, in your sorority and fraternity, in your classes, professors, coaches, campus safety officers or the dean of students. Everyone at Wofford is there to make sure the student succeeds.
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Kayley from Catawba, SC

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I came to Wofford as a former IB student expecting a bit of a challenge in some areas. I'm learning more here than I ever have, though, and each day is a joy, so I always look forward to going to class. The professors are passionate about their classes, and that transfers to us students, even in subjects we hate. I'm also learning things I never would have considered before, such as the Chinese language. The program for it is one of the best in the country.
Am enjoying being here
Outside the classroom, the people are always kind to one another, whether they know you or not. I'm a tour guide here, and whenever I'm walking around campus or through the dorms with a group, every current student we pass says hello and tells the perspectives that they hope they decide to come here. Everyone loves this school. There's also plenty of things to do every weekend, such as concerts, the international festivals, movie showings on campus, and the ever-popular parties at fraternity row. You would think schools like USC and Clemson have something to do every weekend, but all my friends there are bored and end up going home. I've only gone home once, and that's because there's always something to do here.
Bang for the buck
Although Wofford is an expensive school, scholarships are definitely available. The financial aid office staff are so friendly and will work to set you up with work studies on campus, and have plenty of helpful information on the scholarships and grants available. The tuition is high because you get such a high-quality education here, with professors that love teaching and are eager to help you at any time. I know a professor who took my friend to their son's soccer game in order to tutor them! They go above and beyond the norm, and it's definitely worth the expense. The food in Burwell is pretty great, too.
Tips for prospective students
Visit as soon as you get the chance. I was going to go to Princeton until I visited Wofford, and I fell in love with the tree-lined campus and the people. I hope you do, too!
Great for these types of students
Students looking for a challenge and a great education. Every program here is strong, whether you're interested in languages, teaching, mathematics, pre-med, or any area of science. As long as you're here to learn, you'll fit right in.
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Tarah from Anderson, SC

researching this school
3 people found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
The classes at Wofford aren't easy, but you'll learn a lot in the end
Will enjoy being here
I visited Wofford this past March. At first the idea of a College the size of my high school turned me off. Once we got there I immediately feel in love with it's beautiful campus and amazing food. I hope I get accepted and can't wait to attend fall of 2012.
Bang for the buck
Even though Wofford is really expensive I do believe the price is worth it. Wofford also has exceptional scholarships to cover most of those expenses.
Great for these types of students
Wofford seems to be a great school for those individuals who are serious about their education, and like the idea of a small but diverse campus.
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