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Opportunity Network
(TRIO Student Support Services)

Earning an undergraduate degree can seem overwhelming, but the Opportunity Network program at the University of South Carolina Upstate eases the transition from high school to college by providing the support students often need.

The program offers a wide variety of free services and programs to help students achieve their academic, career and personal goals, while confronting the challenges of completing a college degree.

What is Opportunity Network?
Opportunity Network is a Student Support Services program at USC Upstate, made possible by a TRIO grant funded by the U. S. Department of Education. Our mission is to assist eligible students to stay in college until they successfully complete a baccalaureate degree. This program provides students with education, skills, resources, and support that allow traditionally underrepresented students the opportunity to become successful members of the USC Upstate community and after graduation, to become contributing members of society. 

How do I join Opportunity Network?
Think Opportunity Network might be right for you? We make it easy to find out and join:

  • Check your eligibility…
    To be eligible, you must meet at least one of these guidelines:
    • Must be a first-generation college student
    • Must meet income guidelines
    • Must have a documented disability
  • Complete an application…
    1. (a) If you are incoming freshmen, please complete the Freshmen Application. All incoming freshmen accepted into the program must attend the mandatory Freshmen Focus. 
      (b) If you are a returning USC Upstate student or a transfer student, complete the Program Application.
    2. If you don’t have access to a computer, please contact Opportunity Network at 864-503-5966 to request a paper copy. 

Once all application materials are received, candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Opportunity Network Resources

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Program Services
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Tutors Wanted! 
Freshmen Focus
Grad Talk

Contact Us

Selena Blair
Opportunity Network Director
Phone: 864-503-5965

Ebony Smith 
Phone: 864-503-5967

Gary Edwards

Dalynn Hare
Coordinator of Transitional Services

Opportunity Network
Magnolia House
Courtyard Level
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303