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Tillman Hall at sunrise

About Winthrop University

Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university that is committed to be among the very best institutions of our kind in the nation. Through an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement, Winthrop will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and values that will enrich your life forever and prepare you for all the future holds.

About Winthrop
Founded: 1886 Undergraduate: 4,974
Status: Public, coeducational Graduate: 1,050
School Colors: Garnet & Gold Total Enrollment: 6,024
Team Name: Winthrop Eagles On-campus residents: 49%
Mascot Name: Big Stuff Male/Female ratio: 31% / 69%
Conference: Big South, NCAA, Div. 1 Diversity: 35% US minorities
Intercollegiate Sports: 18 Student/Faculty ratio: 14 to 1
The Lake with fountains

Visit Winthrop

Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, Winthrop's campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Behind its stately façade you’ll find top-notch academic facilities, enhanced with SMART technology. An attractive recreational area surrounds Winthrop Lake and includes a 6,100-seat coliseum and numerous athletics facilities, for both collegiate and recreational play.

Explore campus on your own by checking out our Virtual Tour pages!

Little Chapel with students walking

History & Traditions

In 1886, founding president David Bancroft Johnson successfully petitioned Boston philanthropist Robert C. Winthrop and the Peabody Fund for seed money to form a training school for teachers. Winthrop opened its doors to 21 students in Columbia, S.C., using a borrowed, one-room building. The school soon received state assistance and moved to its permanent Rock Hill home in 1895. It expanded its mission over time to become a comprehensive institution. Winthrop assumed university designation in 1992.