Frequently Asked Questions
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1. What distinguishes Winthrop from other universities?
Winthrop encourages students to participate in a highly personal and engaging educational experience. Students enjoy small class sizes, top-notch academics, and fantastic facilities. The residential campus encourages community involvement and an array of cultural experiences. Winthrop is consistently ranked as one of the South’s best public institutions for both quality and value, and the university has achieved the top sustained performance record of all public universities in South Carolina.
2. What is Winthrop’s student enrollment and academic profile?
Approximately 6,000 students study at Winthrop, including those pursuing graduate-level courses. The average undergraduate class size is 22 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. The average freshman had a 3.9 high school GPA and received an SAT (CR+M) score between 910-1130.
3. When should I apply for admission?
Freshmen: Apply early in your senior year of high school, but we will accept applications through May 1. The scholarship deadline is February 15.
4. What is required to apply?
Transfers: Apply at the beginning of your final semester or quarter of attendance at your present institution. The scholarship deadline is June 1.
Admissions decisions for both are pending receipt of final grades.
5. Who is a freshman and who is a transfer?
We will need your application, $50 application fee, transcripts (high school and college, if applicable), and standardized test scores (freshman applicants). Visit the following pages for complete information on application requirements: freshman
Freshmen are students who have graduated high school or received their GED but have never enrolled in a college or university. Dual enrollment or taking summer courses after graduation do not affect your status as a freshman. Transfers are students who have enrolled in a college or university previously, even if you withdrew before earning grades.
6. Who decides which of my courses will transfer?
7. I have taken AP/IB/Dual Enrollment courses. How do I notify Winthrop?
8. How much does Winthrop cost?
Each academic college will evaluate all transfer credits with final grades of “C-“ or better from an accredited institution once we receive your final transcript. Visit www.sctrac.org
to search for course equivalencies that have been recognized from both in- and out-of-state institutions.
For additional information, check out the Transfer Credit Evaluation Process
9. What kind of financial aid and/or scholarships does Winthrop offer?
Please CLICK HERE
for information on tuition and fees.
10. Am I required to live on campus? How do I apply for housing?
Winthrop offers a variety of academic, talent, and athletic scholarships. Requirements for in-state freshman scholarships begin at 3.5 cumulative GPA and 1100 SAT (EBRW + M) or 24 ACT (composite). Requirements for out-of-state freshman scholarships begin at 3.0 cumulative GPA and 1100 (EBRW+M) or 24 ACT (composite).
Transfer scholarships begin at 3.0 cumulative GPA with some restrictions. Read more about academic scholarships
. Inquiries on talent and athletic scholarships should be directed to those departments.
You are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before March 1 to be eligible for need-based aid. Winthrop’s FAFSA code is 003456.
Most first and second year students are required to live on campus. A few exceptions are if you live at home with a parent or guardian within 50 miles of campus, are a transfer student, or are 21-years-old or older. After you are accepted, you will receive a separate packet of information with housing and meal plan.
11. Can I have a car on campus?
12. What academic support services are offered on campus?
Yes. Students must register their vehicles with campus police
and pay a small fee for a parking pass.
13. How do I choose a major?
All freshmen are required to take Academy 101 Principles of the Learning Academy where they will learn about making the transition from high school to college. Students wishing to receive one-on-one assistance with writing or math have access to the Writing Center
and Math Lab
. Peer tutoring in other subjects is offered through the Academic Success Center
and individual departments.
14. How do I change my major?
Undecided students are advised in University College
. You will be taking various general education courses as a freshman and most times will find a major that interests you through that process. If you know a general area you are interested in prior to enrollment, you can consult you admissions counselor for additional information.
Prior to enrolling, you may contact the Office of Admissions to change your major.
15. What online and evening classes does Winthrop offer?
16. How are students selected for the Honors Program?
These courses vary by semester. You can always look at our Schedule of Courses
to see what’s ahead.
17. I have been admitted, what now?
The Honors Program will extend invitations and additional information beginning in January, based upon GPA and test scores. Additional information, including application and deadlines can be found on the Honors website
18. Do I have to complete and return the medical/immunization form I received in my acceptance packet?
Our accepted student page
provides complete information on the steps to be taken to enroll at Winthrop. You can also contact your personal admissions counselor who will guide you and your family through the process. Finally, review your enrollment checklist page
to confirm your residency status for tuition payment purposes and to register for an Orientation
19. When will I receive Orientation information?
Yes. It is required for all students. You may find a replacement form
(pdf - 518 kb) online.
20. Outside of class, what is there to do?
Orientation information is mailed mid-March and attendance at one session is mandatory. Additional details can be found on the Orientation website
Winthrop has 18 NCAA Division 1 sports teams
, a nationally recognized programming board
, and 160+ clubs and organizations
. You may find activities ranging from bands to comedians to movie nights. You will never be bored, trust us.
If you want to venture off campus, the city of Rock Hill has everything you want for a night out: entertainment, restaurants, shopping, etc. Approximately 20 minutes north of campus is Charlotte, N.C. It is the second largest city in the southeast and home to professional sports teams, museums, and other entertainment. Check out http://www.charlottesgotalot.com
for more information on the Charlotte area.