U.S. News ranks Winthrop among top ten colleges in Southeast

Posted September 12, 2012 12:01 am | Filed under Local News

For the 21st time, Rock Hill’s Winthrop University finds itself in the top ten public universities in the South in the 2013 Edition of U.S. News & World Report’s edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

This year, Winthrop placed ninth in the rankings among fellow Southern public institutions that grant bachelor and master’s degrees and tied for 25th among public and private universities.

U.S. News uses a set of up to 16 indicators of excellence, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

The 2013 edition of Best Colleges book will be on newsstands on September 18.

The U.S. News college rankings group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and are frequently relied upon by students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The newsmagazine rankings include more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools nationwide.

Winthrop President Anthony DiGiorgio said that third-party accolades are appreciated and reflect the good work of the campus community. “Winthrop has built a solid record over the years with a variety of nationally recognized evaluations, all affirming the quality and value that Winthrop has worked hard to achieve,” said the president.

Winthrop is committed to delivering educational experiences that prepare students to think globally, work in diverse settings, participate in community service and become leaders in their professions and in their communities. The university’s motto, Live. Learn. Lead., conveys essential components of the Winthrop experience and expectations for students.

In 2011, Winthrop was the only South Carolina institution cited in the recent “Beating the Odds” report in helping students, particularly minority students, most prone to dropping out of college stay on track toward graduation. In the “Beating the Odds” report developed with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Winthrop was singled out for its efforts to improve college completion rates and prepare students for successful careers.