Accreditation and Rankings


Winthrop University holds a variety of accreditations that attest to the quality of our institution and confirm that our individual academic programs meet the top national standards of quality. These accreditations include:


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. Regional accreditation is the highest available form of accreditation for institutions of higher learning.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Winthrop University is a member institution of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)

Several of our business programs, including our online MBA, are among the 5 percent of business programs worldwide to achieve AACSB accreditation.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Our Master of Social Work program is one of only 254 CSWE-accredited (as of June 2017) M.S.W. programs. Accredited programs are ones that have been evaluated by the CSWE and meet the organizations’ standards for providing competent preparation for social work professionals.

National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE)

Winthrop University’s education programs, including the online Master of Education in Special Education Intervention, are NCATE-accredited.


Winthrop University has received many accolades for the quality of its academic programs. Here are a few of our notable recent rankings:

U.S. News 2017 Best Colleges

Winthrop University continues its streak near the top of the South's public regional universities that convey bachelor’s and master's degrees in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report edition of "America's Best Colleges." Winthrop was also ranked eighth among Southern public universities and as being among the Best Colleges for Veterans.

Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly has identified Winthrop as the top master’s degree-granting public university in South Carolina for contributions to the public good, ranking Winthrop 74th out of 673 institutions and was the state’s highest-ranking public university in the master’s category. Winthrop was ranked 86th out of 288 public and private universities and colleges in the Southeast that were named “Best Bang for the Buck.”

Princeton Review "Best in the Southeast"

The Princeton Review rated Winthrop among the “Best in the Southeast" in its online feature "2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region." This selection is made based on academic excellence and what students report about their college experiences. Winthrop has been included in the regional guidebook since its initial publication in 2003.

Money Magazine

Winthrop University has been named to Money magazine’s “Best Colleges” in terms of value. The magazine ranked the colleges and universities on 24 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability and alumni success.

Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review’s "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" profiles Winthrop in its sixth annual edition, praising the university’s impressive resumé of green-related affiliations and accreditations and for its focus on numerous sustainability efforts., a resource for college affordability and financial aid information, identified Winthrop University as one of the top five South Carolina public universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment. The organization noted that graduates of schools on its list enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over a 30-year span.

Beating the Odds

Winthrop was among 32 post-secondary institutions – and the only South Carolina institution – recognized nationally for "beating the odds" in helping students, particularly minority students, most prone to dropping out of college stay on track toward graduation. In a fall 2011 report developed with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Winthrop was singled out for its efforts to improve college completion rates and prepare students for successful careers.

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named Winthrop University as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The CNCS included Winthrop in its 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the ninth consecutive time Winthrop has made the list.

The College Database: College Rankings

The College Database ranked Winthrop in the top five schools in the Palmetto State for future military service members. The university’s active ROTC cadre is supported by a Student Veterans Center, student organization and specialized academic and personal advisement. Winthrop also recently achieved Yellow Ribbon status with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans pay for their degrees.

A full list of Winthrop University rankings and achievements can be found here.

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