The University of South Carolina Upstate seeks to enroll students who will
benefit from and contribute to the University. USC Upstate encourages all
qualified students to apply for admission. Candidates for admission should
possess the academic background to indicate the potential for collegiate success.
Admission to USC Upstate does not guarantee or imply admission to any
university program. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in
educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons
on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual
orientation, or veteran status. Requests for undergraduate application forms
and catalogs should be addressed to the Office of Admissions. The Office of
Admissions is open Monday through Friday and is located on main level of
the Health Education Complex.
Phone: 864-503-5246 Spartanburg
Prospective students should submit a completed application to the Office
of Admissions with a non-refundable $40 application fee.
All freshman applicants must submit transcripts of their high school record
from the present or last high school attended. Applicants who attend a
post-secondary institution while in high school or during the summer are
classified as freshmen. However, official transcripts of the college work must
be submitted. Transfer applicants must submit a transcript mailed directly to
the USC Upstate Office of Admissions from each college attended. Transfer
students with less than 30 semester hours of college credit are required
to submit a high school transcript. It is the applicant's responsibility to
have the required documentation forwarded to the Office of Admissions.
All transcripts become permanent records of USC Upstate and will not be
forwarded or returned.
3. Test Scores
All applicants who are 21 years of age or younger, with the exception of
transfer applicants who have completed at least 30 semester hours of college
credit, must submit results of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or
the American College Testing program (ACT). All students desiring college
credit should submit official copies of all AP and IB test scores.
4. Interviews and Campus Visits
Although not required, students are encouraged to visit USC Upstate to meet
with university representatives and tour the campus. Appointments should
be scheduled by calling the Office of Admissions.
Each applicant will be notified when an application for admission is received by the
Office of Admissions and an admission decision will be made upon receipt of required
documents. Decisions for admission are made on a rolling basis.
CATEGORIES OF ADMISSION
A. Freshman Admission
• High school diploma or equivalent (GED certificate)
• Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores or American College Testing
Program (ACT) scores
Non-traditional or Adult Students
Applicants who are 22 years of age or older are not required to submit
SAT/ACT scores. However, students should present evidence of ability for
academic success. Applicants who are interested in receiving credit by exam,
military credit or credit for non-collegiate programs should refer to page
56 for more information.
Freshman High School Course Requirements
Students should prepare for the challenges at USC Upstate by taking a
rigorous academic curriculum while in high school. Students who graduated
from high school in 2011 or after are required to have completed the
following high school units:
Area Units Description
English 4 At least two units having strong grammar and
composition components; at least one unit in English
literature; and at least one unit in American literature
(completion of college preparatory English I, II, III and
IV will meet requirements).
Mathematics 4 These include Algebra I (for which Applied Mathematics
I and II may count together as a substitute, if a
student successfully completes Algebra II), Algebra
II, and Geometry. A fourth higher-level mathematics
course should be selected from among Algebra III/
trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, statistics, discrete
mathematics, or a capstone mathematics course and
should be taken during the senior year.
3 Two units must be taken in two different fields such as
biology, chemistry or physics. The third may be from
the same field as one of the first two or from any lab
science where biology and chemistry is a prerequisite.
2 Two units of the same foreign language. A third is
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog