Ever wonder what goes on at Winthrop University? You may feel like you can’t step on campus if you’re not enrolled, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Between sports and the arts, Winthrop produces quality entertainment that you can enjoy for the whole family. Here are ten ways how:

1. Relax on Campus Green

One of the most popular activities for Winthrop students is getting some fresh air and relaxing on the campus green. Sitting beside the DiGiorgio Student Union or “Digs”, the campus green is a big, luscious grassy area in the heart of campus. On a sunny day, you’ll often catch students doing an outdoor study session, picnicking, sunbathing, or playing frisbee. If you want the perfect picture, stop by during golden hour for plenty of sunlight and gorgeous backgrounds.

2. Enjoy A Cultural Event

Want to learn more about other cultures, past historical events, or other people groups? Winthrop University has plenty to offer when branching out of your comfort zone. A handful of events are student-only, but don't worry; most are free and open to the public! You can view the entire calendar for Cultural Events here. Don't forget to check often; they constantly update and add events! 

3. Eat, Work, and Play at the DiGiorgio Campus Center

Can't get your day going without a Starbucks drink? Or, maybe nothing improves your day more than your favorite Chick-fil-A meal? Are you trying to decide between pizza or sushi for dinner? Winthrop’s DiGiorgio Campus Center (or 'DIGs,' as the students call it) has it all! You can enjoy all your favorites from Starbucks’s Frappuccinos to Chick-fil-A sandwiches all while working. This center has numerous workstations that are completely open to the public, equipped with free WIFI and even charging stations.

4. Catch a World Class Disc Golf Championship 

Did you know Winthrop is home to the Masters of Disc Golf? The US Disc Golf Championship brings in international competitors each October. It's played on one of the toughest disc golf courses in the world at Winthrop University. INNOVA Discs creates the course yearly, but it is open to the public year-round. 

5. Check out a Theatre and Dance Production

Love theatre, dance, and all things performing arts? You can watch Winthrop’s up-and-coming actors and dancers perform! You must purchase tickets ahead of time to see these talents. Check their calendar for future performances you won’t want to miss.

6. Winthrop University Galleries

While checking out the theatre and dance department, why not check out some of the artwork created and curated by Winthrop’s finest in one of their three galleries in Rutledge Building and McLaurin Hall? Winthrop University also hosts visiting artists and opening receptions in their galleries. Come check out the galleries on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10-5!

7. Support Winthrop University’s Athletics

Winthrop University is known as “The Campus of Champions'' because of its Division 1 athletics department. Having won numerous championships in each athletic category, Winthrop’s teams are the ones to beat. You won’t want to miss seeing each of these sports in action. Now, you can even drink while watching baseball and softball games. Before you go, remember Winthrop athletics' new guidelines require fans to purchase tickets before games due to limited capacity.

8.  Catch an Eagle Flick at Dina’s Place

If going to the movies is one of your favorite pastimes, you won’t want to miss out on the Eagle Flicks movie series held at Dina’s Place, the state-of-the-art movie theatre in Winthrop University’s DiGiorgio Center! 

9. Take a Stroll and Enjoy The View!

On a clear and sunny day, a stroll around Winthrop University’s beautiful campus is just what you need to relax and unwind. Enjoy the campus's beautiful landscapes and fountains and discover some historical landmarks while you walk along the way. You won’t want to miss out on these breathtaking sights. Try enjoying the weather and beautiful, student-made artwork at Hardin Garden. The Winthrop Recreational and Research Complex houses recreational facilities in the background of Winthrop University’s beautiful lake. Stroll along their one-mile-long walking trail that circles Winthrop’s beautiful lake. Or, complete their 18-hole disc golf course around Winthrop Lake. 

10. Utilize the Resources at Dacus Library

Visit Dacus Library and take advantage of unlimited access to the internet, books, resources, and materials. This library is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, providing a convenient and comfortable space to study, research, or relax. The vast collection of books and resources lets you find the information you need on any topic. As a visitor, you also have access to printers and computers. Book borrowing is available through the user's local public library inter-library loan service.

Winthrop Fun Facts

  • Winthrop was founded in 1886
  • WU was originally an all-girls school
  • The eagle is Winthrop’s mascot & his name is Big Stuff
  • WU currently has 6,109 students
  • WU has 150+ student organizations
  • Clemson was Winthrop’s sister school until they became co-ed institutions
  • Students come from 42 states and 32 countries to attend 
  • Some notable people have attended Winthrop such as actresses Andie MacDowell and Shanola Hampton