Student Success Center
The Student Success Center strives to help students succeed in their studies, graduate from USC Upstate in a timely manner, and begin a career or graduate study.
Academic Support provides students with the tools and resources needed to make a smooth transition into college. Free tutoring, Supplemental Instruction for selected traditionally difficult courses, facilitation of study groups, one-on-one consultations, and referrals to other services are offered to assist students with their daily academic needs. Academic Support also offers various workshops and seminars on study skills, time management, note taking and reading strategies. More about Academic Support
Our advisers are a team of professional advisors who serve first-year students, student athletes, and undeclared students with an emphasis on mentorship and academic success. They also provide services to students who are on academic probation as well as outreach and assistance to students who are questioning their choice of major.
- Jane Addison: Education
- Myles Alexander: Math, Computer Science and Communications
- Wanda Cromer: Biology and Chemistry
- Sarah Gildersleeve: Student-Athletes
- Library 220
- Ryan Whitaker: Undeclared
- Susannah Waldrop: Psychology
Additional advisers on campus:
- Hannah Terpack: Business
- Terri Whitaker and Elizabeth Culbertson: Nursing
HEC 3095 and HEC 3093A
All other majors and upperclassmen should check Self Service Carolina for their adviser’s name. If your adviser is not listed, contact the main office of your department.
All too often, students get to college and realize that they weren’t as prepared as they thought they were. Good grades in high school don’t always indicate how well a student will perform academically in college.
Academic Support offers a course for incoming freshmen, entitled University 101 (SUNV 101: The Student in the University). This three hour elective course, which focuses solely on freshman success, will provide you with the tools and resources you need to make a smooth transition into college. It will address topics such as time management, study skills, career exploration, library skills, self awareness, and service learning as well as educating students about USC Upstate and our campus resources. Readings, assignments, and discussions for this course will focus on general freshman transition issues. Fun and engaging activities are also planned to provide a hands-on learning environment for students. (Please note: although almost all majors accept this course as elective credit, please check with your intended major departmental office if you have any questions.)
University 101 is an important introduction to your college experience. It will familiarize you with some of the necessary skills needed to accomplish your goal of matriculation and graduation from USC Upstate. University 101 provides both an introduction to the nature of college education and a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. Thus, it helps first year students adjust to college, develop a better understanding of the learning process and acquire basic academic survival skills. The course provides a support group for students in the critical first year by examining common issues in a less formal atmosphere than traditional courses.
Take advantage of the opportunity to get the guidance and support you need to help make this adjustment as smooth as possible. Students who complete University 101 their first semester of their freshman year achieve higher GPA’s on average than those who don’t. Recent data also shows that students who complete University 101 that first semester persist into their sophomore year and maintain their academic scholarships at higher rates on average than their counterparts. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by – your success is important and this course will afford you the head start you need on your path to college success!
For questions about the University 101 course or about securing a spot, please contact Susannah Waldrop, director of the Student Success Center, at (864) 503-5414.
How can Career Services Help YOU?
In Career Services, students and alumni will always be our first priority as we work with employers and recruiters to cultivate new and exciting career opportunities. Please remember that it is our job to support and assist you; however, you must take ownership of your future by getting involved and participating in the career planning process. Our staff is here to support you in your career search every step of the way.
Career Services can help you with:
- Self Assessments
- Four Year Plan
- Individual Appointments
- Internship, Full-Time Job Searches
- Workshops and Networking Events
- Career Fairs
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 in staying 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…
- If you are an incoming freshman, please complete the Freshmen Application. All incoming freshmen accepted into the program must attend the mandatory Freshmen Focus.
- If you are a returning USC Upstate student or a transfer student, complete the Program Application.
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.