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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.

Located along the I-85 corridor in Spartanburg between Greenville and Charlotte, N.C., USC Upstate is ranked by U.S. News & World Report at No. 1 among Top Public Schools in the South. We are a major producer of talent for the region, boasting nearly 5,000 students, 1,300 new graduates per year, and about 30,000 alumni, many of whom live and work in 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. We have more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and education, as well as 15 NCAA Division I sports teams.

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Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina, (Population: 335,000+)

Annual economic impact: More than half a billion dollars

Enrollment: Nearly 5,000 students

Faculty: 378 Total; 212 Full-time, 166 Part-time

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Alumni: About 30,000

Rankings: No. 1 Top Public University in South Carolina, No. 3 for Best College in the South for Veterans (U.S. News and World Report), No. 2 in South Carolina and 34th among 259 baccalaureate colleges nationwide (Washington Monthly), and a College of Distinction.

Athletic Nickname: Spartans

Athletics: 15 Division I teams; Member of the Big South Conference; 250 student-athletes

Honors: 1 Rhodes Scholar and six Fulbright Scholars

Degree Programs: Bachelor's degree programs in liberal arts, sciences, business administration, nursing and teacher education. Master's degree programs in education, nursing and informatics.

Tuition: For information on in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

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