Students Say

“Medium-sized” Winthrop University in South Carolina “is a public university, which is reflected in its diverse student body, but it has a private university feel in terms of the small size of classes, the caliber of the faculty, and the beauty of the campus.” There are many programs and options here. Business and education majors are especially popular. As at most schools, professors are “hit or miss.” Some are “almost never available.” Many others are “easy to approach” and “passionate about what they teach.”

Overview

Applicants
4,538
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average HS GPA
3.91

GPA Breakdown

61%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

“Medium-sized” Winthrop University in South Carolina “is a public university, which is reflected in its diverse student body, but it has a private university feel in terms of the small size of classes, the caliber of the faculty, and the beauty of the campus.” There are many programs and options here. Business and education majors are especially popular. As at most schools, professors are “hit or miss.” Some are “almost never available.” Many others are “easy to approach” and “passionate about what they teach.” “I’ve wanted to clap at the end of classes before because they’ve been so phenomenal,” gloats one student. Complaints include registration. “Getting the classes you need is a struggle.” Some of the required general education courses “could be thrown away,” too. One student tells us, “the only downfall to our school is financial aid. Almost everyone I know, including myself, has had problems with them.” Administrators “like to dance around questions without actually answering them,” and “it is very common for students to be passed (circularly) from one department back to another when trying to resolve an administrative problem.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
561
with Terminal Degree
336

328
Women
233
Men
68
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
35%
Graduate in 5 years
49%
Graduate in 6 years
52%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Nutrition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Disorders, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Conducting
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Andie MacDowell
actress

Judy Rose
UNC-Charlotte Athletic Director

Lois Rhame West
1st Lady of South Carolina

Lucile Godbold
athlete and teacher; 1st woman athlete SC Hall of Fa

Martha Thomas Fitzgerald
First woman elected to SC House Rep

Cecily Truett Lancit
Emmy award winning educ tv producer

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
35%
Graduate in 5 years
49%
Graduate in 6 years
52%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,441

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,324

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,357

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,165

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
74%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,350

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$14,156
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$27,404
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,180
Transportation for Commuters
$1,484

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

“There are significantly more females than males” here. “Many students come from small towns,” but “diversity is something Winthrop can brag about.” “The majority of the students leans slightly toward the right politically and, as is typical for the South, most are religious in some way,” reflects a sophomore. “However, that’s not to say that you won’t find some extreme liberals and atheists on campus.” “The typical student is a laid-back Southern kid” and is “mildly preppy” but there is a little bit of everybody—“from hip-hoppers to punk rockers, frat guys to computer nerds.” “From artistic individuals to cookie-cutter education majors, everyone has their own dynamic.” “It’s probably the least cliquey campus I have been to,” relates a senior.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,974
Out of State
7%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

1.33%
Asian
30.13%
African-American
4.05%
Hispanic
60.79%
Caucasian
3.20%
International

68% female
32% male
7% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“There’s nothing to do in the city of Rock Hill” but the bustle of Charlotte, North Carolina is a mere “20 minutes away” if you have a car. Back on the “very nice and relaxing campus,” there is an “awesome” fitness center. The men’s basketball team has won several conference titles in recent years and “brings everyone together.” There is also “a cultural event requirement” that requires students to attend a few events each year. Many students seem to like it. “Thursday nights are big nights” for the party scene, but “weekends are pretty dead,” because “most students that are from the state go home for the weekends.” Extracurricular activities “are a must if you want to have a social life.” Fraternities and sororities are relatively popular, and the students involved in them are “obsessed.” “The cafeteria food is definitely lacking” and there is “an overpopulation problem” here. Winthrop is growing, which is nice and all, but “something needs to be done about housing and parking if you’re going to invite that many students.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
49%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
158
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
19

12% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Eagles)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Eagles)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: UNC Charlotte
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UNC Charlotte

Sustainability

For Winthrop University, sustainability can be found at the intersection of ecology, social equality, and economics. Winthrop’s sustainability committee, comprised of faculty and staff, in addition to a student representative from the Council of Student Leaders, works throughout the academic year to develop sustainability initiatives and programs. In the classroom, students can pursue several courses of environmental study, from a bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies to a major in sustainable business through the College of Business Administration's department of management and marketing. Minors are also available in environmental studies or sustainability. In the dorms, students are encouraged to reduce water and electricity usage, and the school’s website provides a map to locate recycling centers to drop off more cumbersome items like printers or old cell phones so they don’t end up in the landfill. Graphs provided by the school also depict the campus’s total electric and water usage for the year, giving students an idea of when would be a good time to conserve. The newly constructed Lois Rhame West Center, the campus’s fitness center, is LEED-certified: at least 50 percent of the building’s materials contain highly recycled content and a minimum of 20 percent of the building materials were manufactured locally. There are bike racks, showers, and changing rooms to encourage students to walk or bike. The West Center also reduces artificial light during the daytime, cutting down on energy consumption. A trolley proposal is in the works to connect the campus to downtown Rock Hill and Charlotte, North Carolina, further decreasing the students’ need for personal vehicles.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
35

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
33

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, CDW-G, Apple, Microsoft

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Debi Barber
Director, Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
Joynes Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733

Phone
803-323-2191

Email
admissions@winthrop.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
DiGiorgio Campus Center
Winthrop University Recreational and Research Complex
Winthrop Art Galleries
Starbucks
West Recreation Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
City of Charlotte
Cherry Park
Lake Wylie
Carowinds Amusement Park
Galleria Mall and local restaurants

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8:30 - 5:00 (Tours 9:30 am & 2 pm) Select Saturday
803-323-2191

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
mcdonalds@winthrop.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Charlotte International Airport - 21 miles

Driving Instructions to Campus
http://www.winthrop.edu/directions/

Local Accommodations
Winthrop Inn http://www2.winthrop.edu/inn/
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Key Stats

4,538
Applicants
4,974
Size
71%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists