University of South Carolina--Upstate

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800 University Way

Spartanburg, SC 29303

Phone: (864) 503-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#29 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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University of South Carolina--Upstate is a public institution that was founded in 1967. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,427, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of South Carolina--Upstate's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 29. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,198 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,226 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of South Carolina Upstate aims to become one of the Southeast's leading "metropolitan" universities -- a university which acknowledges as its fundamental reason for being its relationship to its surrounding cities, their connecting corridors and expanding populations. 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, for its operational and managerial effectiveness, for its civility and common purpose, and for the clarity and integrity of its mission.

As the fastest growing university in South Carolina, USC Upstate boasts two thriving campuses- the largely resident campus in Spartanburg and the campus in Greenville for commuting junior and senior level students. The Spartanburg campus, located on 280 acres in the Piedmont foothills, offers exceptional facilities such as the Humanities and Performing Arts Center, Campus Life Center, Susan Jacobs Arboretum, Palmetto House and the Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex. The Greenville campus, located at McAlister Square, is a state-of-the-art teaching and learning center situated in an important hub in Greenville and surrounded by world-class manufacturing and business centers, both national and international.

USC Upstate will emerge as "the metropolitan university of South Carolina" and one of the leading metropolitan universities of the Southeast, recognized as a center of superb teaching, experimental learning, regional partnerships, international opportunity, cultural diversity, and dynamic community activity.

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.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1967
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $4,010,537


When applying to University of South Carolina--Upstate, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at University of South Carolina--Upstate is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 64.2 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 64.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of South Carolina--Upstate is 16:1, and the school has 60.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of South Carolina--Upstate include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Education, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 66.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 25%
Education, General 20%
Business Administration and Management, General 18%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 8%
Psychology, General 5%

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Student Life

University of South Carolina--Upstate has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,427, with a gender distribution of 34.8 percent male students and 65.2 percent female students. At this school, 17 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 83 percent of students live off campus. University of South Carolina--Upstate is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,561
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of South Carolina--Upstate offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of South Carolina--Upstate also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of South Carolina--Upstate, 60 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of South Carolina--Upstate.

Students who have cars on campus 60%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of South Carolina--Upstate, 78.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,736.

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In-state tuition and fees $10,198 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,226 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,475 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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