Winthrop University: Narrative Description

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701 Oakland Ave.
Rock Hill, SC 29733
Tel: (803)323-2211
Free: 800-763-0230
Admissions: (803)323-2191
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1886. Setting: 418-acre suburban campus with easy access to Charlotte. Endowment: $693,815. Research spending 2003-04: $316,031. Educational spending 2003-04: $4460 per student. Total enrollment: 6,447. Faculty: 485 (255 full-time, 230 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 3,617 applied, 68% were admitted. 21% from top 10% of their high school class, 56% from top quarter, 90% from top half. Full-time: 4,617 students, 69% women, 31% men. Part-time: 596 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 41 states and territories, 30 other countries, 13% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 28% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 11% 25 or older, 43% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange, 19 members of the Charlotte Area Educational Consortium. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $7816 full-time, $326 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,410 full-time, $601 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $20 full-time, $10 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level. College room and board: $4992. College room only: $3060. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 115 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 16% of eligible men and 13% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Ebonites, campus ministries, Student Government Association, Dinkins Student Union. Major annual events: Homecoming, Greek Week, Convocation/Student Activities Fair. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Dacus Library with 414,879 books, 1.2 million microform titles, 1,446 serials, 2,884 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.2 million. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Rock Hill is a small progressive city of nearly 50,000 residents located 30 miles below Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is uniquely situated to offer the advantages of both small town living and big city amenities. Diversified industry fuels a growing local economy which produces textiles, wood, paper, concrete, plastic and chemical products. Rock Hill's facilities include the Museum of York County (featuring the world's largest collection of hooved African animals); Winthrop Galleries, host to local, national and international artists; Winthrop Coliseum, Glencairn Gardens, a six acre garden spot; and Cherry Park, a 68 acre recreation park featuring five major league baseball and softball diamonds, which attracts major tournaments from throughout the United States. Opportunities for recreation in the mild piedmont climate are plentiful. The city maintains a system of 28 parks that offer athletic fields and courts, play areas, fitness, walking and jogging trails, and amphitheaters. Lakes 20 minutes away are a convenient destination for water sports and sailing.