Winthrop University

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701 Oakland Avenue

Rock Hill, SC 29733

Phone: (803) 323-2211
2013-2014 Tuition
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#25 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Winthrop University is a public institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,029, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 445 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Winthrop University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 25. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,430 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $26,000 (2013-14).

Winthrop University is a public school in Rock Hill, S.C. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, unless they commute from a parent’s home that’s within a 50-mile radius of the school. Undergraduates have more than 40 majors to choose from. For ways to get involved outside of class, Winthrop students have more than 180 student organizations to check out, including a sizeable Greek life program. The Winthrop Eagles athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference and are traditionally dominant in men’s basketball. The school community comes together for notable events such as Big Man on Campus, an all-male beauty pageant and fundraiser. Graduate students can complete degrees through the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Business Administration, among other academic departments. Notable alumni of Winthrop University include Bob Crawford, a band member in The Avett Brothers, and Mary Gaulden Jagger, cofounder of the National Organization for Women.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Winthrop University, nationally recognized for its quality and value, is a comprehensive institution of higher education that embodies the characteristics essential to being one of the best universities of its kind: a carefully selected student body of high academic achievement and cultural diversity; a national caliber curriculum of the arts, sciences, and professions; a residential educational experience emphasizing personal identity and close relationships; and values that emphasize deep learning, quality teaching, and engaged public service. Winthrop's mission emphasizes the university's collective responsibility to help "students acquire and develop knowledge, skills, capabilities and values that enrich their lives and prepare them to meet the needs and challenges of the contemporary world including the ability to communicate effectively, appreciate diversity, work collaboratively, synthesize knowledge, solve complex problems and adapt to change". With the implementation of its Global Learning Initiative, Winthrop is committed to becoming a school of distinction for preparing its students to be educated and involved global citizens, to understand their place in global society and their responsibilities to human society at large, and to celebrate the very rich cultures of their communities, states, regions, nations, and world. The Winthrop Experience prepares students to live, learn, and lead for a lifetime.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1886
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $32,545,871


When applying to Winthrop University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Winthrop University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.7 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 70.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Winthrop University is 15:1, and the school has 37.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Winthrop University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Visual and Performing Arts; Social Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 33%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Education 14%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Social Sciences 8%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

Winthrop University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,029, with a gender distribution of 32.6 percent male students and 67.4 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus. Winthrop University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,170
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Winthrop University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Winthrop University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Winthrop University, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Winthrop University.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Winthrop University, 72.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,767.

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In-state tuition and fees $13,430 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $26,000 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,384 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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