University of South Carolina-Upstate

800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC

University of South Carolina-Upstate rankings and awards


USC Upstate is one of the top 4-year public universities in the South. With more than 40 majors and minors, you are bound to find a program you love. As a mid-sized public institution of about 6,000 students, you get all of the benefits of being on a smaller campus with the added bonus of a big campus feel. Upstate offers more than 90 student lead clubs and organizations, including 13 fraternity and sorority chapters, 15 NCAA Division I sports teams, constant campus wide events, and so much more. It's no wonder USC Upstate has been voted #1 by US News and World Report multiple times. Come visit our gorgeous school and learn more about what USC Upstate can offer you!

Questions and Answers about University of South Carolina-Upstate

Amelia G.
1 year ago
What types of programs does USC upstate have to help with internship opportunities, career planning and development?
University of South Carolina-Upstate
Hey Amelia! It depends on the degree program you're interested in. Once you hit the point in your college journey where you're figuring out your next path, your assigned advisor can work with you to figure out the best internship for you. Additionally, Career Services will also help find you find a job or plan a career path. You just have to set a meeting with them when you're ready (I'd say start communicating with them around junior year). :)
Caleb W.
1 year ago
Does USC Upstate offer any opportunities to travel abroad while also earning credits?
University of South Carolina-Upstate
Hey Caleb! Yes, we do offer study abroad opportunities. The classes you take abroad count towards your degree. You will just want to make sure you work closely with your advisor to ensure you are taking the correct courses in order to receive credit. :)
amaya c.
1 year ago
How does housing work at USC-Upstate?
University of South Carolina-Upstate
Hey Amaya! We have a requirement that freshman must live on-campus. Unless you will be living with parents/guardians within 50 miles of the school, then you can exempt. After you've been admitted and have set up your student accounts, you will submit a housing application. When the housing office receives this, they will make the appropriate accommodations. If you want to live with a particular person, you will put each other on your applications so the housing office can assign you together. :)
Naomi A.
2 years ago
Does your school offer Cultural Anthropology classes?
University of South Carolina-Upstate
Hey Naomi! We do offer Cultural Anthropology classes. One of which is title "Understanding Other Cultures" so I believe that's what you're looking for. :) Let me know if you have any other questions!
Mo’Nazia S.
2 years ago
Where can I find scholarships opportunities that your school offers?
University of South Carolina-Upstate
Hey Mo'Nazia! Here is the link to the scholarship page on our website.
sara d.
2 years ago
Where can I find more information about the pre-requisites for the RN-BSN program?
University of South Carolina-Upstate
Hey Sara! Here is the link to the Mary Black School of Nursing on our website. You will find the answers to your questions, along with a 4-year track and other important information.
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Majors offered at University of South Carolina-Upstate

Biggest majors
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

Academics at University of South Carolina-Upstate

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
16 to 1
Somewhat Selective (57% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Public 4-year institution
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Common careers for University of South Carolina-Upstate students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Human Resources (HR) Manager86k
Functional Analyst85k
Human Resources (HR) Director72k
Project Manager, (Unspecified Type / General)72k
Registered Nurse (RN)65k
Senior Accountant65k
Graphic Designer31k
Based on 1,862 student responses
47kAvg. Early Career Pay
79.2kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
49%in High-Meaning careers
13%in STEM careers

Net price of attending University of South Carolina-Upstate

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Student reviews of University of South Carolina-Upstate

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Recommended by

80% of students

Known for

Accessible and helpful professors
Beautiful campus
Diverse and Inclusive
Safe campus
Jordan Lewis
Travel And Tourism



I love the atmosphere of the campus.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Make yourself at home, and meet new people. Be friendly!!



I like that Upstate had the resources to help students succeed. Teachers cared about their jobs and made it easy to get help.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Having a social life just didn't work out for me. It was hard to make friends.

Madison Ridlehoover
Nutrition and Health
Food And Eating
Nursing + 11 others



University Of South Carolina Upstate is the perfect place for you if you enjoy small communities with very caring staff.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I would be aware that it is smaller than other universities so social life is what you make it.



Most of the professors are very nice and genuinely care about their students learning and doing well.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Haley Cook
Writing + 11 others



I strongly disliked my time at USC Upstate.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

It is not a positive environment for those with disabilities.

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