Winthrop University

Ready to start your journey?

No College Consensus
No Publisher Consensus
Student Consensus
Publisher Ratings
U.S. News - Regional Universities South
Washington Monthly Masters
Student Reviews
Grad Reports
My Plan
Scores last updated on January 6, 2024
Percent Admitted
4-year Graduation Rate
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Average Undergraduate Students Aid
In-State Tuition and Fees
Out-of-State Tuition and Fees
= Average
Public, 4-year or above
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable

25 miles south of Charlotte is Rock Hill, SC, home of Winthrop University. This public, 4-year school was founded in 1886 as the Winthrop Training School for women teachers in Columbia, SC. The school changed the name in 1893 to Winthrop Normal and Industrial College of South Carolina and in 1895 the campus was moved to Rock Hill, S.C. Minority students were first admitted in 1964 and Winthrop became fully coeducational in 1974. In 1992 the school’s name was changed to Winthrop University. The picturesque 425 acre campus with traditional college architecture includes 3 buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places and has been used as the setting for several film, TV and video productions. Notable alumni include many SC politicians and soccer athletes.

Academic Programs

Winthrop University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and offers Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees as well as post-baccalaureate and post-masters Certificates in over 40 majors. While the school is noted for Teacher Education, Art & Design, Dietetics, Music and Theatre, the largest programs on campus are in Business and Education. The University is comprised of four colleges: The College of Arts & Sciences, The College of Business Administration, The Richard W. Riley College of Education and The College of Visual and Performing Arts. Per the Mission statement, “Winthrop University provides personalized and challenging undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional education programs of national caliber within a context dedicated to public service to the nation and to the State of South Carolina. Winthrop’s longtime commitment to be among the very best institutions of its kind in the nation continually guides the mission of the university. Winthrop graduates are eminently well prepared to enter the most competitive graduate or professional schools as well as to be leaders in their chosen professions and in their communities.”

Student Life

Winthrop University has nearly 5,000 undergraduates enrolled, almost half of whom live on campus in traditional, suite and apartment-style residence halls. There are over 150 clubs and student organizations including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the Garnet and Gold Eagles, led by Big Stuff, field teams in 9 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-AAA competition. While at Winthrop, students are exposed to the values and vision of the school: experience centered on student development into leadership and civic responsibility; collective and individual growth, enlightenment, and transformation; the search for truth through reasoned and disciplined inquiry, innovation, and free expression; multiculturalism and broad diversity; and a strong sense of place—a beautiful, historic campus with a collegial and caring atmosphere. The aim of Winthrop University is to Achieve excellence; Cultivate personal and academic integrity; Contribute to a larger community; Take seriously the perspectives of others and Develop competence in ethical and moral reasoning.

Ready to start your journey?

Ready to start your journey?