Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States
Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university that is committed to be among the very best institutions of our kind in the nation. Through an educational experience that blends liberal arts, professional programs, global awareness and civic engagement, Winthrop will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and values that will enrich your life forever and prepare you for all the future holds.



Winthrop University was founded In 1886. That year the school opened its doors to twenty-one students in Columbia, S.C., and nine years later in 1895 moved to Rock Hill, S.C.. Evolving from a training school to a college, and finally to become a comprehensive institution with a graduate division, this growth was reflected in the school's name change in 1992 to "Winthrop University".


The university grants undergraduate degrees through four colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business Administration, the Richard W. Riley College of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. In all the university offers 42 undergraduate and 26 graduate degrees. Winthrop University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s and specialist degrees.Currently, the student-faculty ratio is 14:1.


Winthrop's campus is divided into two distinct areas: The main campus which houses the academic buildings, residence halls, library and campus center, and the 317-acre (128.3 ha) Recreational and Research Complex located about one mile northeast of the main campus.


Career and Civic Engagement provides students with a comprehensive approach to career preparation, personal growth, and service to the community with experiential learning as a key component. Whether you are a student, employer, community partner, family member, faculty, staff, or alumni – CCE can be a resource for you.

Master's Programmes

Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)


Student services

The Office of Student Activities provides facilities, programs, and services that create meaningful out-of-class learning opportunities for the Winthrop community to naturally connect with one another and gain knowledge and skills to succeed and be socially responsible.

Housing services

As you will discover, Winthrop's residence life program has real advantages - it is designed with benefits that make living well and learning easier during your time here. By living on campus, students have unique opportunities to establish lifelong friendships, to participate in exciting activities and to truly feel connected to the university. The added convenience of living close to classes, dining and support services, make on-campus living at Winthrop the ideal environment to live, learn and lead.

Library services

Using a library can be difficult and that’s why those of us here have made it a lifetime of study. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of people on a university campus:  those who know a thing (faculty), and those who know where to find it (librarians).  Our help is available in person at the Information Commons Desk, online at "Ask A Librarian", or via our Chat and text services.

Medical services

Winthrop University Health Services is designed to provide confidential, professional, quality, cost-effective, acute, and routine medical care for all enrolled Winthrop University students. The staff of Health Services is committed in obtaining optimum personal health for each student through services and programs provided.

Student Life

Campus life

Winthrop's main campus has seen extensive development during the last decade. A $12 million Dalton Hall opened in 1999. The Courtyard at Winthrop, which features apartment style residences for students, opened in 2003. The Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education and Wellness Center was opened in 2007 and serves as the new home of the University's physical education department and intramural sports.The most recent addition, in 2010, is the DiGiorgio Campus Center, which added a 128,000-square-foot (11,900 m2) multipurpose campus hub featuring a 225-seat movie theater, food court, campus bookstore, post office and casual dini

Sports facilities

The Winthrop Ballpark is one of the nicest collegiate ballparks in the south and is home to a nationally competitive baseball program. The original structure of the stadium was built in 2001. A second phase to the complex was completed before the start of the 2008 season that added offices, locker rooms, a players lounge, athletic training room, equipment room, weight room, indoor hitting facility, video room and a VIP box. The facility holds around 1,800 spectators. 

Student clubs

Part of the college student experience is having the ability to get involved in what truly matters to you. Here at Winthrop, we take pride in the fact that there are opportunities for everyone to become engaged, with over 160 student organizations to choose from. There are multiple benefits to joining an organization, such as the opportunity to make connections with new friends. In working as part of a team, you will develop leadership abilities, learn to set and achieve goals, and create lifelong memories.


Winthrop University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s and specialist degrees.

Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States