Winthrop University

Winthrop University provides personalized undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education programs of national caliber with an emphasis on public service to the nation and to the state of South Carolina. As a public, comprehensive institution located in the heart of the Carolinas, Winthrop recognizes that education can be a transformational experience. The university provides its students with an education that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement with an emphasis on encouraging lifelong professional and personal development.Winthrop grants 43 undergraduate degrees and 22 graduate degrees across four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the Richard W. Riley College of Education, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.The university's current strategic initiatives are outlined in the Winthrop Plan, which draws from the university's past successes, including a willingness to adapt to the changing realities of public higher education. The plan, which debuted in fall 2016, includes initiatives to drive enrollment, retention, student success, and diversity with a goal to become a national model for a student-centered university experience by 2025. Winthrop enrolls an achievement-oriented, culturally diverse and socially responsible student body of 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The undergraduate student body represent 40 states and 36 countries with minorities comprising 40% of the student population. The faculty-student ratio is 14:1, the average class size is 22, and 88% of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees in their discipline.Eighteen teams participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level, competing in the Big South Conference. More than 170 student clubs and organizations are active on campus, along with 19 Greek fraternities and sororities. A recreational area surrounds Winthrop Lake and includes a 6,100-seat coliseum and numerous athletics facilities for both collegiate and recreational play.Known for its lush beauty, the campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings, some of which are included in the National Register of Historic Places. Behind the stately facade, its academic facilities are enhanced with the latest in classroom technology. Winthrop has received many accolades over the past decade. It has been listed in U.S. News & World Report's Top Ten Regional Public Universities in the South in the magazine's "Americas Best Colleges" for more than two decades. The university was recognized in 2017 by the Education Trust as a national leader in graduating minority students. Its report, "A Look at Black Student Success: Identifying Top- and Bottom-Performing Institutions," found that Winthrop's black students graduated at an average rate of 56.2 percent during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 academic years. And the graduation rate of black students is 3.5 percentage points higher than Winthrop's graduation of white students.In the 2016 National Survey of Student Engagement, nearly 85% of new students and seniors rated their Winthrop educational experience as excellent or good. The university's seniors said they interacted with faculty at significantly higher than peers at other institutions who participated in NSSE. Winthrop uses its NSSE results to evaluate global learning, community service and civic engagement initiatives, and to evaluate its retention and graduation rates among special populations. Also, Winthrop is known for its award-winning DiGiorgio Student Union Program, active Resident Students Association, energy-efficient campus, recycling program and for being a Certified Green Workplace. The university has earned a Yellow Ribbon status with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for helping veterans pay for their degrees.

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Public, Coed 1886 Other Semester $42.8 million + 701 Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29733 (803) 323-2211
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65 100.0 South Carolina Rock Hill 249