WU at a Glance
Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness, and civic engagement. No matter what students study at Winthrop, they are ready for a life of professional success, democratic citizenship in a global environment, and a personal life of meaning and value. These outcomes reflect the university’s commitment to be among the very best institutions of our kind in the nation.
Approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, Winthrop's campus encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Behind its stately façade you’ll find top-notch academic facilities, enhanced with SMART technology. An attractive recreational area surrounds Winthrop Lake and includes a 6,100-seat coliseum, a 2,000-seat ballpark, softball, track, soccer and tennis complexes, a 9-hole golf course, an 18-hole disc golf course, and numerous recreational athletic fields.
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Winthrop embraces only those programs and activities that can be delivered at an exemplary level. Numerous national accolades reflect the sustained high quality and value of the Winthrop Experience, including:
- U.S. News & World Report has included Winthrop in its listings of America's Best Colleges for the past 22 years.
- Barron's Best Buys (ninth edition) includes Winthrop in its guidebook of schools where the education dollar goes further.
- WiseChoice Research includes Winthrop in its list of Top Ten Value Schools that provide the "best bang for the buck."
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In 1886, founding president David Bancroft Johnson successfully petitioned Boston philanthropist Robert C. 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. The school soon received state assistance and moved to its permanent Rock Hill home in 1895. It expanded its mission over time to become a comprehensive institution. Winthrop assumed university designation in 1992.
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