University Of South Carolina Upstate

University Of South Carolina Upstate

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a public university located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was established in 1967. It was formerly known as the University of South Carolina Spartanburg. USC Upstate is a part of the University of South Carolina System. It enrolls more than 4,500 students every year. USC Upstate offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mary Black School of Nursing
  • School of Business Administration and Economics
  • School of Education

USC Upstate sponsors more than 10 collegiate teams, which are nicknamed the Spartans. Its teams participate in the Atlantic Sun Conference of the NCAA's Division I in sports like basketball, soccer, tennis and golf.

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University of South Carolina-Upstate
800 University Way
Spartanburg , SC 29303-4999
General Phone: (864) 503-5000

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USC Upstate Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine234registered nursing
Education and Teaching161special ed, education of blind, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, physical education teaching, ESL instruction
Business and Management150business management, non-profit management
Liberal Arts142Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, political science, sociology, history
Therapy and Counseling71psychology
Security and Law Enforcement49criminal justice and administration
Media49communication studies
Science39biology, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering34computer and info science
Fine Arts3fine arts
Engineering2engineering management

Number of programs and degrees for USC Upstate in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree92724
Master's degree123
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years01
Postbaccalaureate certificate01

USC Upstate Student Body

In 2007-2008, USC Upstate had a total enrollment of 4,916 students (4,577 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 36%
Women 64%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 96%
Graduate 4%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 24%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 29%
20-21 27%
22-24 19%
25-29 10%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina90%
(International Students)2%
North Carolina2%

USC Upstate Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 12 %

USC Upstate Room and Board (2007)

USC Upstate offers campus housing for 696 of its 4,577 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Spartanburg, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

USC Upstate Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440530
SAT Math450550
SAT Writing430520
ACT Verbal1722
ACT Math1722
ACT Composite1922

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT83%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT53%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

USC Upstate Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,512
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 16,854
Room and board $ 6,400
Room charge $ 4,000
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,400
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 200

Financial Aid:
USC Upstate participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 695100)

USC Upstate Faculty

USC Upstate has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3736
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2449

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$93,9612*
Associate professorcalendar year2*3$73,956
Assistant professorcalendar year1*2*
Instructorcalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year11$88,0639$71,102

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year16$73,88614$73,240
Associate professoracademic year14$58,90319$59,174
Assistant professoracademic year34$53,39829$49,794
Instructoracademic year21$45,78647$45,957
All faculty totalacademic year85$56,281109$52,786

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

USC Upstate Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Atlantic Sun Conference
Baseball Atlantic Sun Conference
Track Atlantic Sun Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3669105

USC Upstate Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Vision Impairments/ Blindness
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Engineering/Industrial Management

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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USC Upstate Highlights

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What Sets USC Upstate Apart:

Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 9%USC Upstate Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 10%USC Upstate % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%USC Upstate % of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 15%USC Upstate Number of students
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 17%USC Upstate % of accepted students who choose to enroll
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%USC Upstate Female % of student body
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%USC Upstate % of degrees in computer science and engineering

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