Rock Hill’s Winthrop University once again finds itself in the rankings of more than 100 colleges and universities across the country.
The Princeton Review has named Winthrop University among the “Best in the Southeast” due to criteria based on student surveys, academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life and sustainability.
It is one of 136 institutions that Princeton Review recommends online at “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted this week on the company’s website.
The 136 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Southeast” designations are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Princeton Review also designated colleges in the Northeast, the Midwest and the West. Collectively, the 633 colleges named “regional best” make up about a fourth of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.
In Winthrop’s profile, the Princeton Review describes it as “a public university, which is reflected in its diverse student body, but it has a private university feel in terms of the small size of classes, the caliber of the faculty, and the beauty of the campus.”
“It is always affirming to receive these accolades from third parties,” said Winthrop President Anthony DiGiorgio. “As times change, the ratings criteria change, and Winthrop still scores well. That says we are staying at the leading edge as intended.”
Winthrop has continued to prepare for the future as a first-class institution of higher education with initiatives that emphasize cross-campus global learning, new approaches to academic programs, development of options for quicker completion of degrees and a more interdisciplinary approach that reflects the way people live and work in the 21st century.
For this project, the Princeton Review collected data and surveyed guidance counselors, as well as students attending the schools. Students rated their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answered questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. The profiles contain a “Survey Says” list that reveals topics about which students surveyed at the school were in highest agreement.
Winthrop has been included in the Princeton Review rankings every year since the publication began in 2003.