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U.S. News 2018 Best College

Winthrop University continues its streak near the top of the South's public regional universities that convey bachelor's and master's degrees in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report's edition of "America's Best Colleges."

Ranking eighth among Southern public universities and in the top 25 of public and private institutions in the region, Winthrop also was recognized again as being among the Best Colleges for Veterans.

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US News
Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly has identified Winthrop as the top master’s degree-granting public university in South Carolina for contributions to the public good. The magazine also rates the university as one of America’s “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges.” For contributions to the public good, Winthrop ranked 74th out of 673 institutions and was the state’s highest-ranking public university in the master’s category. Winthrop was ranked 86th out of 288 public and private universities and colleges in the Southeast that were named “Best Bang for the Buck.”

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Washington Monthly - The Other College Guide

Princeton Review “Best in the Southeast”

The Princeton Review rated Winthrop among the “Best in the Southeast" in its online feature "2019 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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Princeton Review Best Southeastern Colleges

Money Magazine

Winthrop University has been named 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 322 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review’s "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" profiles Winthrop in its sixth 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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Green Colleges Award 2013, a resource for college affordability and financial aid information, identified Winthrop University as one of the top five South Carolina public universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment. The organization noted that graduates of schools on its list enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over a 30-year span.

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 Affordable Colleges Online - High ROI
Beating the Odds

Winthrop was among 32 postsecondary institutions – and the only South Carolina institution – recognized nationally for "beating the odds" in helping students, particularly minority students, most prone to dropping out of college stay on track toward graduation. In a fall 2011 report developed with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Winthrop was singled out for its efforts to improve college completion rates and prepare students for successful careers.

Beating the Odds
President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named Winthrop University as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The CNCS included Winthrop in its 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the ninth consecutive time Winthrop has made the list.

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Presidents Honor Roll
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected Winthrop to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. The designation means that Winthrop has an institutional focus on community engagement that is ingrained in campus life. This classification was first offered in 2006 and Winthrop was first certified in 2008.

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Carnegie Foundation
The College Database: College Rankings 

The College Database ranked Winthrop in the top five schools in the Palmetto State for future military service members. The university’s active ROTC cadre is supported by a Student Veterans Center, student organization, and specialized academic and personal advisement. Winthrop also recently achieved Yellow Ribbon status with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans pay for their degrees.

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College Database
The College Database: Teacher Education 

The College Database honored Winthrop as a top five college in South Carolina for teacher education in its new list, "Top Colleges in South Carolina Shaping the Next Generation." The not-for-profit organization ranked in-state, post-secondary institutions that graduated the most education and teaching professionals in 2012. Winthrop awarded 253 education degrees in 2012, according to the list.

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College Database - Teacher Education
Association of American Colleges and Universities

Core Commitments: Educating Students for Personal and Social Responsibility

Winthrop University is one of only 23 institutions from across all sectors of U.S. higher education comprising the AAC&U Core Commitments Leadership Consortium, which is designed to bring together the most promising institutional practices related to educating students for personal and social responsibility as well as to deepen and extend these efforts.

Association of American Colleges & Universities
National Survey of Student Engagement

In the 2016 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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S.C. Commission on Higher Education

Winthrop has been recognized as the state's top-rated university in the S.C. Commission on Higher Education's performance-rating accountability system. After exceeding standards every year since the rating system began, the university has reached a new pinnacle by scoring substantially exceeds standards every year that the rating existed.

College and Character: The John Templeton Foundation

The John Templeton Foundation includes Winthrop University in its Templeton Guide: "Colleges That Encourage Character Development," which profiles higher education programs that 'inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives.'

Templeton Guide
Education Commission of the States

The Education Commission of the States has called Winthrop University "an excellent example of a campus committed to both quality and diversity." In addition, the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission has ranked Winthrop among the most successful state-supported institutions of higher education in meeting equal opportunity and affirmative action goals.

National Association for Campus Activities

Winthrop's DiGiorgio Student Union Program Board four times has been ranked best in the nation for the quality and variety of programming - including both lecturers and entertainers - that it brings to the campus annually.

National Association for Campus Activities
The South Carolina Organization for Residence Education

The South Carolina Organization for Residence Education again has named Winthrop University "School of the Year" due to the Resident Students Association's exemplary work. Winthrop held the title for five consecutive years (2001-2005), won it again in 2009 when the award was reinstated, and won back-to-back honors in 2013 and 2014.

South Carolina Organization for Residence Education
Flagship Teacher Preparation Institution

Winthrop was awarded the largest federal grant in its history to assist struggling schools, joining only 27 other institutions nationally in the Teacher Quality Partnership. The institution is one of 11 host schools for the state's Teaching Fellows program. The S.C. Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement is housed on campus, and the 2009-10 S.C. Teacher of the Year, Bryan Coburn '88, is the latest in a long line of graduates to hold that prestigious title.

South Carolina state seal
Department of Education

State Budget and Control Board

Winthrop University is annually recognized as one of the most energy-efficient campuses with residence halls in the state - no small feat, considering Winthrop's physical plant includes more turn-of-the-century buildings than any campus in the state.

South Carolina state seal
State Budget and
Control Board

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

Winthrop University is a recipient of the 'Best College Recycling Program' Award from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The university annually recycles more than 75 tons of paper and other recyclables - up from 3.9 tons in 1991.

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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