ROCK HILL, S.C. – Praised for its campus beauty, commitment to diversity and focus on academic quality, Winthrop University was listed once again among the "Best in the Southeast" by the Princeton Review.
Winthrop is one of 138 institutions that the company recommends online at "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region," a feature that posted this week on its website.
The colleges and universities chosen for the "Best in the Southeast" list are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The Princeton Review also designated notable colleges and universities in the Northeast, the Midwest and the West. Collectively, the 643 schools named "regional best" constitute only 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year institutions. From hundreds of schools considered in each region, selected colleges and universities typically feature excellent academic programs.
In Winthrop’s profile, the Princeton Review describes it as “a public university, which is reflected in its diverse student body, but it has a private university feel in terms of the small size of classes, the caliber of the faculty, and the beauty of the campus.”
Winthrop President Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock was pleased with the university’s inclusion, noting that graduates leave the university prepared for successful careers, engaged in a democratic society, responsive to local and global concerns, and grounded in values that give meaning to their lives. “The Winthrop experience focuses on preparing students to meet head-on the demands and opportunities of today’s interconnected world,” she said. “Our students learn that to be a person of success, they must first be a person of value.”
For the listing, the Princeton Review collected data and surveyed guidance counselors, as well as students attending the colleges and universities. Students rated their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of campus food -- and answered questions about themselves, their peers and campus life. The schools in the "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list are also rated in six categories - academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life, and green adaptability. Criteria for each rating is available at http://www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx.
This is one of several recent accolades for Winthrop. The Rock Hill-based university has been included in the Princeton Review rankings every year since the publication began in 2003.
It also stands out in the region among public universities for its long track record with U.S. News and its inclusion in the Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges." In addition, Winthrop was the only South Carolina institution cited in the 2011 “Beating the Odds” report by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in helping students, particularly minority students, most prone to dropping out of college stay on track toward graduation.
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