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Fast Facts

Welcome to the University of South Carolina Upstate, where excellence meets innovation

As a leading institution of higher learning, we provide an outstanding educational experience through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and a vibrant campus community. With a diverse faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and a wide range of programs, USC Upstate offers unparalleled opportunities for pursuing passions and achieving goals.

Founded in 1967, USC Upstate is one of the nation’s top public regional universities. What began as a commitment to helping the state avoid a nursing shortage has matured into a more than $500 million annual impact on South Carolina.

USC Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and is one of four universities within the University of South Carolina System.

Fast Facts

University of South Carolina Upstate

Regional comprehensive university offering more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, education, and more.

Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina (Population: 345,000+)

Annual Economic Impact: $500 million+

Enrollment: Nearly 5,000 students

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    • Full-Time – 218
    • Part-Time – 159
    • Total – 377
  • 774

  • 13:1

  • 33,000+

  • Spartans

    • 15 Division I teams
    • Member of the Big South Conference
    • 250 student-athletes
    • 330-acre main campus
    • 60,000-square-foot business school in downtown Spartanburg
    • Campus at University Center Greenville
  • 12

  • 70+

  • Information on in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

  • Student Characteristics (All Students) #%
    Percent of all students who are male1,55431.64%
    Percent of all students who are female3,35768.36%
     American Indian or Alaska Native50.10%
     Black or African American1,47730.08%
     Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander20.04%
     Two or more races2244.56%
    Race and ethnicity unknown1462.97%
    Percent of International Students291%
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships#$
     Scholarships2,574 $6,010,146.25
     Grants3,884 $7,967,269.16
    Loans4,569 $11,929,768.00
    Work Study54 $20,559.47
    Total11,081 $25,927,742.88

Rankings (U.S. News and World Report 2024):

  • # 22 in Regional Colleges South
  • # 4 in Top Public Schools (No. 2 in South Carolina)
  • # 4 in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • # 10 in Top Performers on Social Mobility