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US News Ranks Winthrop Among South's Top 10 Public Universities

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 Winthrop captured eighth place among its peer institutions.
 Winthrop has smaller classes and a slightly smaller faculty/staff student ratio from the previous year.

Anthony DiGiorgio
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University retained its ranking among the South’s top 10 public universities that convey bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report’s edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

This is the 17th time the Rock Hill campus has received a mention in the prestigious newsmagazine. This year, Winthrop captured the eighth place ranking among its peer institutions.

U.S. News ranks schools based on their academic reputation by their peers, graduation and retention rates, class size, student/faculty ratio, percentage of full-time faculty, student selectivity and alumni giving. Winthrop continued to offer a slightly smaller faculty/student ratio than the previous year, as well as slightly smaller classes.

The exclusive rankings will be published online on Friday, Aug. 22, at

Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the Sept. 1 issue of U.S. News & World Report, available for newsstand purchase on Monday, Aug. 25. The newsmagazine annually examines data from more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools and then provides consumers the opportunity to evaluate and compare higher education institutions.

President Anthony DiGiorgio said Winthrop is targeting an even higher profile in years to come so it can move from national recognition to national prominence.

DiGiorgio, who has led Winthrop for almost two decades, noted that the goal of achieving national prominence won’t be realized “overnight,” especially in times of declining state financial support, but that it ultimately will add value to the degree of every Winthrop alumni, past and future, as well as contribute to incremental enrollment growth over time.

Winthrop also stands out among public universities for its inclusion in several magazines in their annual college rankings. Princeton Review has rated Winthrop among its “Best Value Colleges,” as well as Barron’s Best Buys in College Education.

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