Winthrop University

Motto: Veritas cum libertate

Motto in English: Truth with liberty

Type: Public university

Established: 1886; 136 years ago

Endowment: $62.3 million (2020)

President: Edward A. Serna

Academic staff:304

Students :6,073


Postgraduates :1,059

Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
34°56′20″N 81°1′50″W

Winthrop University is a public university in Rock Hill, South Carolina. It was founded in 1886 by David Bancroft Johnson, who served as the superintendent of Columbia, South Carolina, schools. He received a grant from Robert Charles Winthrop, a Boston philanthropist and chair of the Peabody Education Board in Massachusetts, to establish the school.

Since its inception, Winthrop has developed into a comprehensive university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through five colleges and schools. The Carnegie Classification lists Winthrop among “Master’s Colleges & Universities:

Larger Programs.” With approximately 6,000 students, it is the sixth largest university in South Carolina. The 100-acre (40.5 ha) main academic and residential campus is located in Rock Hill, 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Charlotte, North Carolina, and 71 miles (114 km) north of Columbia, South Carolina.


Winthrop University was founded In 1886, when the Peabody Education Board of Massachusetts, headed by Robert Charles Winthrop, provided $1,500 to form the “Winthrop Training School” for white women teachers.

That year the school opened its doors to twenty-one students in Columbia, South Carolina. Nine years later in 1895, it moved to Rock Hill. The school’s name had changed in 1893 to “Winthrop Normal and Industrial College of South Carolina”, reflecting its mission to prepare some students for industrial jobs.

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Is Winthrop University good?

In August, the Princeton Review named Winthrop as one of 142 schools in the “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” while Washington Monthly included Winthrop among the top 80 schools nationwide and three in South Carolina in the student voting category of its college rankings.

Is Winthrop a d1 college?

Winthrop’s 17 men’s and women’s teams compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level as a member of the Big South Conference.