Be wary of the financing office. They will not work with you, even when it is their fault. I attended Winthrop for 2 years while I was out of the Navy while using the GI Bill. During that time the GI Bill changed and no longer covered out of state tuition. I was not notified of this till I received my $6200 bill. After speaking to the finance office numerous times about the course of contact used, they stated that they had not updated my address even though they did have it on file they stated that all attempts had been sent to a prior address. This resulted in being sent to collections and a massive hit to my credit report. I went ahead and paid off the amount after numerous requests to try to work this out had failed. They refused to remove it from my credit. I am writing this to let others know that they do care about the financial status of their alumni. Reflect on this while you are considering schools. Is this the type of college you want to be affiliated with?
Im a second semester sophomore, also a transfer student and as much as I love Winthrop theres a few things that are just ridiculous. This school is very money hungry we sit here and register for classes but our bills come late. On top of that the due dates for the money is ridiculous Im sorry but I need more than a week to pay the ridiculous balance. Also my classes get dropped then its impossible to get back into them. Ive never been to a school that just drops classes because of money. Not to mention the dorms are overly priced. The food courts and stuff dont stay open long enough. Winthrop also makes you take ridiculous classes such as human experience and CRTW to graduate. Dont even get me started on financial aid they are no help and extremely lazy. The fact that they lose documents and processing them takes forever is ridiculous. They also never tell you when you can apply again. Honestly if Im going to be there another two years Winthrop needs to do better or I can take my money elsewhere.
The parking for students is horrible. Winthrop took away close to 30 student parking spots and still raised the price for a parking permit. The cops run stop signs and speed for no reason. The campus smells bad randomly. The WiFi is the absolute worst. If you take a test online and it doesnt kick you off then youre lucky. Winthrop guest, Winthrop secure, and Winthrop registered are all bad. The dorms are overpriced, and all have a problems with black mold. The school doesnt even have a football program and our tuition is competing with Clemsons. If I could go back, I would definitely choose somewhere else.
Their faculty and staff don't care about their students, good luck if you're a special needs student living in campus because apparently housing has a vendetta against everyone. Some of the professors are so far out of touch with the real world that it's boggling that they ever got their degrees.
Karlie Bryant Steadman
The student parking is wack. $100 for a permit and the majority of students still have to park a mile away from classes in an unpaved, gravel parking lot, while staff only has to pay $35 for a permit and gets to park right beside buildings. The food is terrible. Everything in Thomason is tasteless and sometimes questionable. Also they close unreasonably early. Not everyone eats before 7 pm. Then the restaurants on campus aren't even all open at the same time, making choices very limited. Also all the restaurants close earlier on the weekends than they do during the weekday. Most people tend to eat later on weekends. Rock Hill is plain boring. Every time I go downtown, there's never anyone out there. More than half the student population goes home on the weekends because there's just nothing to do. Also Winthrop is right in front of a sketchy neighborhood, there's been multiple reports of burglary and sexual assault. The student center is less than impressive compared to other universities. The library is very small for it to be a college mainly known for it's courses in education. I wouldn't recommend it. I will be transferring.