The University of South Carolina Upstate is a positive, diverse, and
empowering institution for motivated, success-minded students who want
to be challenged academically, supported personally, and pushed to the
boundaries of their potential in an opportunity-rich environment.
From its founding in 1967, the University has bound its fortunes to one of the
fastest growing regions in the nation, the I-85 corridor connecting Atlanta
and Charlotte. Much of what sets USC Upstate apart is its position in one of
the most dynamic, opportunity-rich locations in the South. Home to more
than one million people and boasting the highest per capita international
investment of any county in the nation, the Upstate region provides boundless
academic, professional, and cultural outlets for students to develop skills
and establish meaningful connections.
Comprised of a diverse and dynamic community of about 6,000 students from
26 states and 17 countries, USC Upstate is a wonderful blend of traditional
and nontraditional students who reflect the Upstate’s rich international
character. USC Upstate offers a balance of strengths that, when added up,
results in a learning experience that’s hard to match. The academic programs
are accredited and highly ranked, with amazing research and internship
opportunities for students.
USC Upstate is committed to fulfilling regional and state workforce needs and
thus the university is a major engine of social and economic development.
The university offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in the
liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and teacher
education, and master’s degrees in education, informatics, and nursing.
These are degrees that help students to transition easily to careers in the
Upstate region.By continually adding new academic programs that prepare
graduates to take leadership roles in companies and in their communities,
USC Upstate is helping the region to prosper. The faculty and staff are
dedicated to maintaining high academic standards and to student success.
Their commitment to transforming the lives of students who are usually the
first ones in their families to seek higher education shines through in every
interaction at USC Upstate.
Regional, comprehensive universities are marked by their commitment
and contributions to the region and their service and engagement with
the community. There is an impressive spirit of service at USC Upstate that
allows students, under the direction of a faculty member, to apply what they
have learned in the classrooms and laboratories on some of the challenges
facing our communities. In one year alone the students volunteered more
than 18,000 hours to serving others in a number of ways.
Substance and beauty is a powerful combination and it perfectly describes
the USC Upstate campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where the most
modern and cutting-edge learning facilities, technology, and resources
are offered within a pristine, 330-acre campus that features rolling hills,
creeks, groves of trees, and beautiful green space. The spirit of competition
permeates the campus with the USC Upstate Spartans competing on the
NCAA Division I level as a member of the Big South Conference. The Spartans
field 17 varsity sports: Basketball, soccer, tennis, golf, cross country, and
track and field for both women and men; baseball for men; and softball
and volleyball for women.
Nearly 30,000 students have earned their degrees from USC Upstate and are
now representing the University as alumni. Nearly 85 percent of the alumni
choose to remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers, making a
significant impact on the region’s economy and quality of life.
Now in its 51st year, the University continues to be recognized nationally
among its peer institutions for its excellence in education and commitment
to its students, for its involvement in the Upstate, for its operational and
managerial effectiveness, for its civility and common purpose and for the
clarity and integrity of its mission. U.S. News & World Report recently
recognized USC Upstate as No. 2 Top Public Regional Colleges in the South
and No. 3 lowest student debt upon graduation in Southern Region: Only
school ranked in S.C.
USC Upstate has enjoyed working with the Spartanburg community for
the past 51 years and is looking forward to enriching the Spartanburg
community in partnerships for the next 50 years and beyond. Together, we
will create a future that is enriching, engaged and healthy. The University’s
reputation as a leader in education for the entire Upstate region is one that
gets stronger each day.
University of South Carolina Upstate aims to become one of the Southeast’s
leading “metropolitan” universities … a university that acknowledges as
its fundamental reason for being its relationship to expanding populations
along the I-85 corridor. It aims to be recognized nationally among its peer
metropolitan institutions for its excellence in education and commitment
to its students, for its involvement in the Upstate, and for the clarity and
integrity of its metropolitan mission.
As a senior public institution of the University of South Carolina with a
comprehensive residential campus in Spartanburg and commuting and
degree completion operations at the University Center Greenville, the
University’s primary responsibilities are to offer baccalaureate education to
the citizens of the Upstate of South Carolina and to offer selected master’s
degrees in response to regional demand.
USC Upstate strives to prepare its students to participate as responsible citizens
in a diverse, global and knowledge-based society, to pursue excellence in
their chosen careers and to continue learning throughout life. Curricula and
services are designed for the University’s students, four to seven thousand in
headcount, who are diverse in background, age, race, ethnicity, educational
experience and academic goals. Students are drawn in large proportion from
the Upstate where many choose to remain for their careers. A broad range of
major curricula are provided in arts and sciences and in professional fields of
study required by the regional economy, including business, education and
nursing. Through on-site instruction, distance learning, continuing education
and inter-institutional articulation agreements, both traditional students
and working professionals are served across the region.
Consistent with the international character of the Upstate, the University
promotes global perspectives across its programs. Supporting the regional
employment objectives of most of its students, it provides extensive
experiential learning opportunities.
The University’s metropolitan mission rests upon a foundation of partnerships
with the education, corporate and service organizations of the Upstate. The
faculty provides leadership in promoting the Upstate’s economic, social and
cultural development. This is achieved through its teaching, professional
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