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Winthrop University Overview

Winthrop University is a public institution located 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?

1,003 Undergraduate Awards
$30,788 Avg Cost After Aid
64% Acceptance Rate
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at Winthrop.
  • In 2017-2018, 56% 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
#1 Most Popular Allied Health Services Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Other Philosophy & Religion Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#122 Most Popular Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#202 Most Popular Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Winthrop has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#55 Best Physical Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#78 Best Health & Physical Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#82 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#175 Best Business Administration & Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#220 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#328 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is 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?

64% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
62% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 64%, Winthrop does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 29% of accepted students are men and 71% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 63%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.

Average Test Scores

About 62% 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 480 and 590. Math scores were between 460 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Winthrop University  ( 480 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Winthrop University  ( 460 to 560 )
Winthrop received ACT scores from 35% 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?

$30,788 Net Price
73% Take Out Loans
8.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Winthrop is $30,788. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Winthrop, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $7,803 a year. That adds up to $31,212 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Winthrop is 8.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Winthrop University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,992 Full-Time Undergraduates
68% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,406 undergraduate students at Winthrop, with 3,992 being full-time and 414 being part-time.


There are also 1,170 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,992 full-time undergraduates at Winthrop, 32% are male and 68% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 69
Black or African American 1,283
Hispanic or Latino 232
White 2,150
International Students 46
Other Races/Ethnicities 212

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

1,509 Took All Classes Online
5,201 Took At Least One Class Online
146.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 5,201 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Winthrop

The following table shows how Winthrop is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Arts & Media Management #15 #15

Online Growth Rankings of Winthrop

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Winthrop University was 146.9%. This is the #337 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
Teacher Education Grade Specific 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
Special Education #31
Instructional Media Design #34
Teacher Education Grade Specific #47
Education #148

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 192 0 50 242
Teacher Education Grade Specific 80 0 25 105
General Biology 91 0 7 98
Health & Physical Education 80 0 12 92
Social Work 44 0 48 92
General Psychology 66 0 0 66
General English Literature 37 0 6 43
Educational Administration 0 8 31 39
Teacher Education Subject Specific 25 0 12 37
Fine & Studio Arts 36 0 0 36
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 16 0 19 35
Drama & Theater Arts 29 0 0 29
Sociology 28 0 0 28
Communication & Media Studies 27 0 0 27
Human Development & Family Studies 26 0 0 26
Political Science & Government 25 0 0 25
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 12 12 24
Music 22 0 2 24
Special Education 15 0 8 23
History 20 0 3 23
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 19 19
Public Relations & Advertising 18 0 0 18
Student Counseling 0 2 16 18
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 18 0 18
Design & Applied Arts 17 0 0 17
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 16 0 0 16
Computer Information Systems 15 0 0 15
Chemistry 15 0 0 15
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 14 0 0 14
Allied Health Professions 12 0 0 12
Mathematics 12 0 0 12
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 11 0 0 11
Natural Resources Conservation 7 0 0 7
Arts & Media Management 0 0 5 5
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 4 4
Dance 4 0 0 4
Economics 3 0 0 3
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,003 40 279 1,322


*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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