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08/28/2015

Washington Monthly Recognizes Winthrop for Value, Contributions to Public Good

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 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.”
 Both of these rankings appear in a new online publication, The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You.

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President Dan Mahony
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA - Washington Monthly has identified Winthrop University 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.” Both of these rankings appear in a new online publication, The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You.

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. Institutions were ranked based on three factors: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and doctorates) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Winthrop was ranked 86th out of 288 public and private universities and colleges in the Southeast that were named “Best Bang for the Buck.”

The value rankings were determined by evaluating institutions on five criteria: at least 20 percent of students must be receiving Pell Grants, which go to students of modest means; have a graduation rate of at least 50 percent; the actual graduation rate must meet or exceed the rate that would be statistically predicted for that school given the number of lower-income students admitted; the student loan default rate must be 10 percent or less; and the net price of attendance.

“It’s extremely gratifying when a third party like the Washington Monthly recognizes Winthrop and validates what we already know to be true: a Winthrop education is a top-quality academic experience that is also a great value for students and families,” Winthrop President Dan Mahony said. “And we’re honored to be recognized at the same time for the profound impact of our students, faculty, and staff on our community and state.”

Winthrop has consistently received third-party endorsements for its value and academic quality. Barron’s Best Buys has included Winthrop in its rankings, WiseChoice Research included the university in its list of Top 10 Value Schools that provide the "best bang for the buck," and AffordableCollegesOnline.org identified Winthrop as one of the top five South Carolina public universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment.

For more information, please contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or email longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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