Winthrop University is considered one of the South’s top public universities for its high freshmen successful retention rate, its class sizes, and its recruitment of top academic high schoolers, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” ranking.
Winthrop officials announced this week its recognition in this year’s edition. The school came in at eighth place among similar public colleges located in the South. It’s the 24th year Winthrop has been in the top 10.
Several other South Carolina universities also made the list. The Citadel in Charleston took the top spot; the College of Charleston came in fourth; Coastal Carolina placed 26th; and Francis Marion University was ranked 35th (in a tie with two other schools).
New Winthrop President Dan Mahony said in a written statement: “We’re certainly pleased that the quality education for which Winthrop is known has been recognized by U.S. News for the last 24 consecutive years. Winthrop’s student-focused academic environment prepares our graduates to be lifetime learners and leaders in their professions and communities.”
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The U.S. News’ college rankings are determined by various data sources including information provided by each school showing its selectivity during the admissions process, the amount of faculty resources on campus, graduation rates and alumni giving.
In the past, Winthrop has been recognized as a “best bang for the buck” school by Washington Monthly and one of the best universities in the Southeast by the Princeton Review.