Winthrop University History - Achievements

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U.S. News 2020 Best College 

Winthrop University was recognized for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, its attention to veterans, the social mobility of its graduates, and as an innovative school, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2020 edition of "Best Colleges."

Winthrop moved from 25th to 17th place among regional universities in the south, marking the university's best overall ranking in 25 years.

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Washington Monthly "Best College for Student Voting"

The Washington Monthly has touted Winthrop as one of the colleges nationwide that's been successful at getting students to vote for two straight years. This is not the first voting honor the university has earned. In 2017, it was designated as a Voter Friendly Campus, one of only 83 in the nation. Winthrop's student voter turnout also earned a Bronze Shield from the All in Campus Democracy Challenge.

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Princeton Review "Best in the Southeast"

The Princeton Review rated Winthrop among the "Best in the Southeast" in its online feature "2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region." This selection is made based on academic excellence and what students report about their college experiences. Winthrop has been included in the regional guidebook since its initial publication in 2003.

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Money Magazine "Best College for Your Money"

Winthrop University has been named for the second-straight year to Money Magazine's "Best Colleges" in terms of value. The magazine ranked the colleges and universities on 24 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability and alumni success.

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Princeton Review's Guide to 399 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review's "Guide to 399 Green Colleges" profiles Winthrop in its ninth annual edition, praising the university's impressive resumé of green-related affiliations and accreditations, and for its focus on numerous sustainability efforts.

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National Leader in Graduating Minority Students

An Education Trust national report singled out Winthrop as a leading institution with high rates of graduation success among minority populations. The report, "A Look at Black Student Success: Identifying Top- and Bottom-Performing Institutions," ranked Winthrop No. 2 in the list of top-performing schools.

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Preparing First Gen Students for Graduate School

The McNair Scholars Program helps high-achieving, first-generation undergraduate students from low-income backgrounds and under-represented minority populations prepare for graduate school. Winthrop's program started in 2009 and has served more than 130 students. Funded by a five-year renewable TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Winthrop is now in its third round of funding. 

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Member of SC INBRE to Promote Biomedical Research

Begun in 2005, SC INBRE is an initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health to promote biomedical research aimed at preventing and treating human disease. Under INBRE, Winthrop has significantly grown its biomedical research infrastructure and provided hundreds of student-centered research experiences, increasing the matriculation of these students into graduate and professional programs in science and health fields. 

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Proud Yellow Ribbon School 

Winthrop participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows the university and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide funds for tuition and fees that exceed the established thresholds under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. In addition, Winthrop was named by U.S. News & World Report as a Best College for Veterans.

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National Survey of Student Engagement Participant

In the 2018 National Survey of Student Engagement, Winthrop's first-year students and seniors indicated they are highly satisfied with their educational experience, while interacting with faculty in a supportive collegiate environment where student success is paramount. Seniors also said they had gained vital skills that employers look for in workers.

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A Diverse Place to Work

Winthrop is ranked first in the state in affirmative action for the hiring of women and minorities. The university topped a 2025 stretch target goal of 18 percent for diversity of faculty and managerial staff, and is seeing an increase in minority applicants for positions across campus.

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The Flagship Teacher Preparation Institution

Winthrop has long been known as the state's flagship teacher preparation institution. Recently, the S.C. Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recognized Winthrop's physical education teacher education program as the best in the state. In addition, Richard W. Riley College of Education alumni are consistently named Teachers of the Year at the local, district and state levels. 

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Clean City Green City

The City of Rock Hill named Winthrop a Certified Green Workplace for meeting standards from five categories, including energy conservation, water conservation, solid waste reduction, air quality measures and a miscellaneous category.

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Last Updated: 9/19/19