For the 23rd time, Winthrop University has landed among the best colleges in the South on the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of schools.
The publication annually rates the South’s top 10 public universities and has named Winthrop eighth-best this year. Ahead of Winthrop on the list, The Citadel in Charleston ranked first and the College of Charleston placed fourth in a tie with the University of Mary Washington of Virginia.
Among private and public colleges considered, Winthrop ranks 25th in the South.
School officials point to Winthrop’s improved freshman retention rate, student to professor ratio and graduation rates as gains for the university recently. The U.S. News recognition is proof of Winthrop’s quality education, said Acting President Debra Boyd in a news release on Tuesday.
“We don’t pursue rankings,” Boyd said. “Instead, Winthrop faculty and staff work hard to make sure our students receive the education and support that prepares them to pursue success in their chosen fields and inspires them to be lifelong learners and active citizens.”
In other national rankings, Winthrop has previously been listed in Barron’s “Best Buys” and Princeton Review’s best colleges in the Southeast.