Winthrop Achieves Best Overall U.S. News & World Report Ranking in 25 Years

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Winthrop Achieves Best Overall U.S. News & World Report Ranking in 25 Years

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — Winthrop University was recognized for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, its attention to veterans, the social mobility of its graduates, and as an innovative school, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2020 edition of "Best Colleges."

      The Rock Hill institution moved from 25th to 17th place among regional universities in the south, according to the U.S. News rankings released on Sept. 9.

      Winthrop President Dan Mahony noted this is Winthrop’s best overall ranking in 25 years and affirms the university’s commitment to educating students in a well-rounded, student-centered culture. “We are very pleased by our large jump in the overall rankings and to be recognized in so many different categories that are important to us. It shows how unique and impressive the Winthrop experience really is,” said Mahony. “As always, I appreciate the work of the Winthrop faculty and staff who make these recognitions possible. While we do not chase such rankings, it’s always a source of pride and accomplishment to see our campus’ hard work recognized in prestigious publications like U.S. News & World Report.”

      Here is where Winthrop stood out among the newsmagazine’s Best Regional Universities in the South:
· In addition to being in 17th place for Southern public and private institutions, Winthrop is ranked 8th among public universities.
· Rose from 17th to 8th place among best colleges for veterans
· Tied for 10th place among most innovative schools
· Climbed to 11th place from 15th place for best undergraduate teaching as judged by peers
· Ranked 22nd for social mobility, a new category that measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants (those typically coming from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually)

      U.S. News & World Report has published its “Best Colleges” rankings since 1983. The rankings can be used as a starting point for families searching for the best educational experience for their student, and the guidebook enables them to compare institutions on such areas as freshman retention, graduation rates and the student-faculty ratios.

      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.

      For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or e-mail her at

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