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Winthrop University (2011)

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Brief Description:

Building on its 19th century origins as a distinctive women’s college, the Winthrop University of the 21st century is achieving national prominence as a competitive and distinctive, coeducational, public, comprehensive institution.  The values of service, excellence, diversity, community, and leadership provide the foundation for Winthrop’s continuing development and shape the university’s continuing success.

Winthrop enrolls an achievement-oriented, culturally diverse and socially responsible student body of around 6,000 students.  The university recruits South Carolina’s most able students as well as highly qualified students from beyond the state whose presence adds diversity and enrichment to the campus and the state. Winthrop prides itself on being an institution of choice for groups traditionally under-represented on many college campuses.

Winthrop is located in Rock Hill, S.C., in a traditional setting of exceptional beauty, and provides a contemporary, collaborative, and supportive environment that fosters engaged student learning and development.

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Mission Statement:

Winthrop University provides personalized and challenging undergraduate, graduate and continuing professional education programs of national caliber within a context dedicated to public service to the nation and to the state of South Carolina. All eligible bachelor's, master's and specialist degrees are nationally accredited – a reflection of the university’s commitment to be among the very best institutions of its kind in the nation.
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President's Quote:

“It is Winthrop’s capacity to adapt to change, while staying true to the fundamental values that define us, that has made it possible for Winthrop to reach – and celebrate -- this 125th year.  And it is that same capacity that will enable the Winthrop community to declare readiness for our future – and more importantly, the futures of our students.” - President Anthony DiGiorgio 
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Major Accomplishments:

  • President Anthony DiGiorgio came to Winthrop in July 1989 as the college’s ninth president. He is the longest serving president of the state’s public universities and second-longest serving president at Winthrop. Founding President D.B. Johnson served 42 years.
  • In 1990, DiGiorgio; created the Vision of Distinction, a blueprint of goals that are revised annually to reflect the work of the university.

Some of the university’s other notable accomplishments include:

  • A designation change from Winthrop College to Winthrop University in 1992;
  • The institution’s first capital campaign from 1998-2003, raising $31.2 million for scholarships, academic program enhancements, and faculty development and research opportunities;
  • An impressive $120+ million in capital building projects that have adapted the university’s historic campus to contemporary needs. The following buildings have been added: Culp Chiller Plant, Dalton Hall to house life sciences, Courtyard residence hall, Owens Hall classroom building, West Center for wellness and physical education classes, Carroll Hall for business classes and most recently, the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

To learn about future plans, check out Education by Design. For other accomplishments, view Winthrop’s record of excellence.


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Fun Facts:

  • 15:1 faculty/student ratio
  • Average class is 22 students
  • 288 full-time faculty
  • 81.25% hold terminal degrees in their fields
  • Winthrop is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, and specialist degrees.
  • A total of 40 undergraduate and 25 graduate degree programs are available in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the Richard W. Riley College of Education, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
  • An engaging liberal arts core provides the foundation for all degree programs. Additionally, the university is one of the few in the region that has achieved 100 percent national, specialized accreditation in all eligible programs.

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Notable Alumni:

  • Professional golfer Kathy Hite.
  • Judy Wilkins Rose, athletics director of University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Lois Rhame West, former First Lady of South Carolina
  •  Model and actress Andie MacDowell of The Muse, Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral 

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