Winthrop University has moved up one spot in the south's top 10 public universities in the U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges."
This year, the university placed seventh, a spot higher than 2010's ranking among fellow Southern public institutions granting bachelor's and master's degrees. It also tied for 21st among public and private universities.
This is the 20th time the university has been mentioned in the magazine, covering more than 1,400 accredited 4-year schools across the nation.
The rankings are based on criteria from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, including excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
"While each third-party accolade is appreciated, what is most important is the solid record that Winthrop has built over the years with a variety of such nationally recognized evaluations," President Anthony DiGiorgio said, "all affirming the quality and value that Winthrop has worked so hard to achieve."
This year, the university also stood out with its mention in the Princeton Review, which rated the university among its best Southeastern colleges.