Located in Rock Hill, S.C., Winthrop was founded in 1886 as a training school for teachers. The institution 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 successful careers, engaged in our democratic society, responsive to local and global concerns, and grounded in values that give meaning to their lives. These outcomes reflect the university’s commitment to be among the very best institutions of its kind in the nation.
The university's 100-acre main campus is approximately 20 minutes from Charlotte, N.C., encompasses a rich architectural blend of neo-Georgian buildings, and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. 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.
The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and specialist degrees. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Winthrop among the South's top 10 public universities that offer bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, Barron's Best Buys has included Winthrop in its rankings, the Princeton Review regularly lists the university among best Southeastern colleges, and Washington Monthly recently identified Winthrop as one of America's "Best Bang for the Buck Colleges."