USC Upstate offers an opportunity-rich environment with a personal touch.

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    It’s a powerful combination and describes perfectly our 330-acre campus.

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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


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

Total Employment (Faculty and Staff): 774

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Alumni: 33,000+

Athletic Nickname: 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

Fraternities and Sororities: 12

Student Organizations and Clubs: 90+

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


Student Characteristics (All Students)  # %
Percent of all students who are male 1,554 31.64%
Percent of all students who are female 3,357 68.36%
American Indian or Alaska Native 5 0.10%
Asian 157 3.20%
Black or African American 1,477 30.08%
Hispanic/Latino 390 7.94%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2 0.04%
White 2,448 49.85%
Two or more races 224 4.56%
Race and ethnicity unknown 146 2.97%
Percent of International Students 29 1%

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Financial Aid/Scholarships # $
Scholarships 2,574  $6,010,146.25
Grants 3,884  $7,967,269.16
Loans 4,569  $11,929,768.00
Work Study 54  $20,559.47
Total 11,081  $25,927,742.88

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

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