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.