- This year, Winthrop is tied for eighth place with University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
- For the three previous years, Winthrop had maintained a ranking of ninth place in the South among peer institutions. This is the 14th time the Rock Hill campus has received a mention in the prestigious newsmagazine.
Winthrop University, "Winthrop Listed in U.S. News edition of America's Best Colleges" (2005). Winthrop News 2005. 216.