Winthrop University: Office of Admissions - Winthrop Admissions Counselor: Clifford Smith

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Clifford Smith

Admissions Counselor
803-323-2191 or 800 WINTHROP (946-8476)

South Carolina Territory:
290 (Irmo, Lexington, Camden, Blythewood)
291 (Orangeburg, Sumter, West Columbia)
292 (Columbia)


Admissions Counselor: Clifford SmithHello and welcome to potentially the best four years of your life! My name is Clifford Smith and I am excited to assist you in your journey to matriculation at Winthrop University. Originally from Charleston, I graduated from West Ashley High as a part of its first graduating class. I completed my undergraduate experience at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC obtaining my BS in Business with a concentration in Organizational Management.

During my years as an Admissions Counselor I have developed a personal philosophy of not just bringing students "to" school but assisting them "through". I look forward to helping you with your Admissions process.  As a licensed Youth Minister I have a passion for your people and a desire to see them succeed in all aspects of their life.  Your journey here at Winthrop University is no different.

In 1886, founding president David Bancroft Johnson successfully petitioned Boston philanthropist Robert. 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. Coming from the midlands of South Carolina to beautiful Rock Hill, I personally know that no matter where you are coming from, you will fall in love with our campus and city.

Winthrop offers a unique opportunity to get a world class education with a personal, customized, and family oriented atmosphere and environment.  I look forward to showing you just how you fit in at Winthrop University and welcoming you to the Eagle Family!!

Last Updated: 4/7/20