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Research has shown that students who get involved in at least one student organization are more successful in their academic pursuits and are more likely to have a positive college experience. Getting involved is also a great way for you to meet other students with like interests and to interact with Upstate faculty or staff members outside of the classroom. Our annual Premiere Fair in August and Winter Blast in January are great opportunities to learn more about ways to get involved both on and off campus!

With over 90 registered student organizations* at USC Upstate, we have a little bit of something for everyone. Our organizations are broken down into seven categories: university sponsored; academic and professional; honors; faith, spirituality, or belief-based; fraternity and sorority; performance groups and special interest. 

University Sponsored 
Organizations that are considered University Sponsored are fully funded by the University and provide the major programming and publications at USC Upstate. To find out more about the organizations, click on their image.

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Academic & Professional 
Organizations in this category are either connected to an academic department, major or minor and are advised by a faculty member or administrator from that department. Getting involved in an academic organization is a great way for you to learn more about your major/minor, to interact with faculty outside of the classroom, or to learn more about an academic area in which you are interested.

Honors organizations are student groups that recognize the academic achievements of USC Upstate students in a chosen field of study or academic classification. Some organizations are connected to a specific major while others are open to all USC Upstate students who meet a minimum GPA requirement. Admittance into these organizations is by invitation only.

Faith, Spirituality, or Belief-Based 
Faith, spirituality or belief-based organizations provide a community for USC Upstate students who share similar worldviews and ideologies, or who are exploring new facets of faith or spirituality.  Some organizations are directly affiliated with local congregations, some are part of the student organization's national network, and others are grassroots organizations founded to meet the needs of current students.

Fraternities and Sororities 
USC Upstate is home to 12 active fraternities and sororities that are governed by three councils: the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), National-Panhellenic Council (NPHC) and Panhellenic Council (PC).

IFC Fraternities limit their membership to male students at USC Upstate. NPHC is the governance council for historically African-American fraternities and sororities, membership is limited to USC Upstate Students. Panhellenic organizations limit their membership to female students at USC Upstate.

Do you like to act or sing? Do you play an instrument? USC Upstate has five groups that provide students with the opportunity to pursue their interests in the performance arts. These organizations are advised by USC Upstate faculty and several provide scholarship opportunities for their members. Contact the organizational advisors for more information about these scholarships.

Special Interest 
Organizations that do not fall into the categories, above are considered Special Interest (sub-categories can be found on the corresponding list). These organizational topics range from social issues to athletics and everything in between. The majority of these organizations are advised by USC Upstate faculty or staff, some are advised by members of the local community with expertise in the related area. Joining one of these organizations is a great way for you meet other students with like interests or to learn more about a topic that interests you. 

*Please note: The corresponding lists reflect organizations that were active with the Office of Student Life or an academic department within the last 2 academic years. For the most up-to-date list of active organizations, please contact the Office of Student Life at 864-503-5122.


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Khrystal L. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students
& Director of Student Life

Doug Peters, M.Ed.     
Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs and Non-Traditional Student Services

Cory "Rudy" Taylor, M.Ed.
Assistant Director for Campus Programs

John Montemayor, M.Ed.
Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership Programs

Melissa Perry
Administrative Assistant

Office of Student Life
Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center, Room 210
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
(864) 503-5122