Welcome to Winthrop University! Check out this message from our Interim President, Dr. George Hynd, as we welcomes you to the community and tells you a little about what to expect as a Winthrop Eagle.
Message from the President
I'm George Hynd, interim president, here at Winthrop University. First of all, congratulations to you. You've graduated from high school, and most importantly, here you are at Winthrop University, an absolutely outstanding comprehensive university here in South Carolina. Think about it, this university has been here over 135 years. We have over 60,000 living alumni scattered around the world. Our entering class of freshmen have high GPAs, averaging more than 5.1. We have over 170 Palmetto fellows as part of our entering class. As a matter of fact, one of the things you'll find when you come to Winthrop University is we have what is considered to be a low student faculty ratio of 14 to one. What that means in practice is you'll get to know your professors. You will have professors that are teaching you in all of your subjects. That's an incredible opportunity, because not only will you get to know them, they will get to know you. They'll know how to teach to your strengths, they'll learn from you as well, in terms of the things that you may aspire to do while you're here at Winthrop University. We're a family-oriented university, we want to make sure that you have an opportunity to work with and meet other students. We employ a lot of our students here, either on work study, or in jobs that become available in our student affairs area, which by the way, we offer more than 169 clubs, which represent the diversity of interests of all of the students here on campus. And the wonderful thing about that is, think about it, you'll be here for four years before you graduate. That is an incredible opportunity for you to form new friendships, and frankly, many of those friendships will last a lifetime. We are continually offering new programs. So studies, just this last year, we developed a cybersecurity program, our College of Visual and Performing Arts graduates, incredibly talented artists, musicians, our College of Arts and Sciences. We have more of McNair Scholars than most universities our size. And the McNair Scholars, of course, a program named after one of the astronauts of the challenger. Those students get a graduate assistantship to any university in the country to pursue their graduate studies once they graduate from our College of Arts and Sciences. We have a social work program that has grown incredibly in the last few years, we are continuing to offer new and exciting programs in business, and certainly in our various humanities, which would include History and English, and all of the things that you would expect. The whole purpose of us being here at Winthrop University is to help you find your passion, follow that passion, make new friendships, work with others that can help you toward a career. So when you graduate from Winthrop, we will be very proud of you. And one of the things I think you will find as you come to Winthrop is that our staff, our faculty, everyone cares about you as a person. And we will make sure that your Winthrop experience really moves you forward. And that when you graduate, you will have that Winthrop spirit. So congratulations. And I look forward to meeting you on campus. Please come up to me and say hello, tell me your name, and tell me why you came to Winthrop, and what you're doing. We really do care. So, go eagles!
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