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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.


Our Board of Trustees, President, and Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, Access and Enrollment Management, Finance and Business, Institutional Advancement, and Student Life provide the leadership and support that allow faculty and students to thrive at 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.

Visit our virtual tour to explore campus on your own.

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Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including:

    • U.S. News & World Report has included Winthrop in its listings of America's Best Colleges for the past 23 years.
    • Barron's Best Buys (ninth edition) includes Winthrop in its guidebook of schools where the education dollar goes further.
    • Washington Monthly named Winthrop one of America’s “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges” in its 2013 College Guide Rankings edition.

Check out our full record of excellence.


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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.

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Last updated: 05/27/14 by Kimberly Byrd
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