Founded in 1854 and related to the United Methodist Church, Wofford College is a privately supported four-year liberal arts college. The purpose of Wofford College is to function as a liberal arts institution of superior quality. Its chief concern is the development of an intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic atmosphere in which serious and inquiring minds of students and faculty alike will be challenged to a common search for truth and freedom, wherever that search may lead, and in which each person may become aware of his or her own individual worth while aspiring to high standards of learning and morality.
In such an environment all members of the Wofford community should develop intellectual curiosity, independence of thought, maturity of judgment, self-discipline, and moral character so that they will be ever sensitive to the duties and responsibilities of good citizenship and render effective leadership and generous service to the communities in which they live. This concept of liberal education is in harmony with the ideals of the United Methodist Church, to which the college is related.