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Winthrop University Overview

Winthrop University is a public institution situated in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Rock Hill is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Winthrop University Known For?

1,004 Undergraduate Awards
$30,521 Avg Cost After Aid
73% Acceptance Rate
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at Winthrop.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 62% of the faculty were full-time.

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Winthrop University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Winthrop.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Most Popular Other Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Most Popular Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#102 Most Popular Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#176 Most Popular Chemistry Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#179 Most Popular Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#206 Most Popular Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Winthrop University?

Location of Winthrop University

Contact details for Winthrop are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 701 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29733
Phone: 803-323-2211

How Do I Get Into Winthrop?

You can apply to Winthrop online at:

Admission Requirements for Winthrop

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Winthrop?

73% Acceptance Rate
72% Of Accepted Are Women
28% Submit SAT Scores
Winthrop has an acceptance rate of 73%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 28% of accepted students are men and 72% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 69%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.

Average Test Scores

About 28% of students accepted to Winthrop submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 620. Math scores were between 480 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Winthrop University  ( 500 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Winthrop University  ( 480 to 580 )
Winthrop received ACT scores from 72% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Winthrop University  ( 19 to 25 )

Can I Afford Winthrop University?

$30,521 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
5.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Winthrop is $30,521. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Winthrop, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $7,511 a year. That adds up to $30,044 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Winthrop is 5.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Winthrop University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,236 Full-Time Undergraduates
69% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,764 undergraduate students at Winthrop, with 4,236 being full-time and 528 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Winthrop

There are also 1,101 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,236 full-time undergraduates at Winthrop, 31% are male and 69% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Winthrop

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Winthrop University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Winthrop Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 55
Black or African American 1,318
Hispanic or Latino 259
White 2,341
International Students 64
Other Races/Ethnicities 199

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Winthrop University. At this time, 26 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 47 countries are represented at Winthrop. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and Australia.

Online Learning at Winthrop University

159 Took All Classes Online
2,152 Took At Least One Class Online
81.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,152 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Winthrop has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 23rd most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Winthrop

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Winthrop University was 81.3%. This is the #380 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Winthrop regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Winthrop majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 3%
Public Administration & Social Service 10%
Social Work 10%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Winthrop ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Winthrop.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Instructional Media Design #9
Special Education #15
Teacher Education Grade Specific #21
Education #67

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Winthrop University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 196 0 46 242
Social Work 58 0 51 109
Health & Physical Education 83 0 15 98
Teacher Education Grade Specific 72 0 23 95
Teacher Education Subject Specific 55 0 24 79
General Biology 57 0 11 68
General Psychology 68 0 0 68
General English Literature 36 0 11 47
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 20 0 18 38
History 29 0 5 34
Communication & Media Studies 33 0 0 33
Educational Administration 0 0 33 33
Fine & Studio Arts 30 0 2 32
Student Counseling 0 4 26 30
Public Relations & Advertising 28 0 0 28
Political Science & Government 28 0 0 28
Sociology 28 0 0 28
Special Education 13 0 13 26
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 12 13 25
Chemistry 23 0 0 23
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 21 0 21
Drama & Theater Arts 21 0 0 21
Design & Applied Arts 18 0 0 18
Computer Information Systems 14 0 0 14
Allied Health Professions 14 0 0 14
Mathematics 14 0 0 14
Music 11 0 1 12
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11 0 0 11
Economics 11 0 0 11
Natural Resources Conservation 10 0 0 10
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 8 0 0 8
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 8 0 0 8
Dance 7 0 0 7
Arts & Media Management 0 0 6 6
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 4 4
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 3 3
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,004 37 305 1,346


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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