Wofford College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Wofford College
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Wofford College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 60%. Founded in 1854 and located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Wofford's 180-acre campus is designated as the Roger Milliken Arboretum. The college has an 11-to-1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from 27 majors as well as numerous minors and concentrations. Wofford's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In athletics, the Wofford Terriers compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.

Considering applying to Wofford College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Wofford College had an acceptance rate of 60%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 60 students were admitted, making Wofford's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 3,779
Percent Admitted 60%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 21%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Wofford College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Wofford may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 41% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 670
Math 580 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Wofford College's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Wofford scored between 600 and 670, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 580 and 680, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 680. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1350 or higher is competitive for Wofford College.

Requirements

Wofford College does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Wofford participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Wofford College does not require the optional essay section of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Wofford College has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to Wofford may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 36% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 33
Math 25 28
Composite 26 30

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Wofford College's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Wofford received a composite ACT score between 26 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

Note that Wofford does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Wofford participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Wofford College does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average weighted high school GPA for Wofford College's incoming freshmen class was 3.66. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Wofford College have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Wofford College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Wofford College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Wofford College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Wofford College, which accepts just over half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool with above average grades and test scores. However, Wofford also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Wofford recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Wofford College's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of admitted students had a combined SAT score (ERW+M) of 1100 or higher, an ACT composite score of 22 or higher, and a high school average of B+ or higher. The majority of admitted applicants had grades in the "A" range. 

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Wofford College Undergraduate Admissions Office.