FAQ

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions at USC Upstate Greenville Campus. For additional questions or to set up an appointment to speak with a counselor, contact us at 864-552-4242.

What majors are offered at USC Upstate Greenville Campus and how do I get more information?

One of the best ways to find out about USC Upstate's programs on the Greenville Campus is to attend a Transfer Tuesday. You'll be able to ask questions about admissions, financial aid and the programs offered in Greenville. Follow the links below to find out more about Transfer Tuesdays and the programs offered at the Greenville Campus. Currently, programs are offered in the following areas:

Education
Engineering Technology Management
Information Management and Systems
Interdisciplinary Studies
Nursing (RN to BSN and 4-year program)

What are the steps in the Admissions process?

All students must submit an online application for admission through Self Service Carolina and submit a non-refundable $40 application fee. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be sent directly to the USC Upstate Admissions Office in Spartanburg.

What is the latest date that I can apply?

USC Upstate admissions are on a rolling basis. You may submit an application up to the second day after classes have met. However, it is advisable to apply in April for summer or fall semesters or apply in October for spring semester. Note that “fall” courses begin in mid-August and “spring” courses begin in January.

How many online courses are offered? Are there distance education courses?

The number of online courses is increasing. Distance education courses are also offered. Using state-of-the-art technology, professors offer courses via two-way audio/video. Students hear and see classmates from the USC Upstate main campus in Spartanburg. The professor alternates teaching locations, making it possible for students at both sites to have direct contact with the faculty member.

What courses will transfer from previously attended colleges?

If a student transfers from a two-year technical college in South Carolina, a maximum of seventy-six (76) credits are transferable. A maximum of ninety (90) credits may be transferred from a four-year college. The state of South Carolina provides a list of courses that may be transferred from South Carolina Technical Colleges. The list is on page 23 of the USC Upstate catalog. In considering courses that will transfer, the prospective student must take into consideration the major(s) he/she wants to pursue. General and specific school transfer information is available on the USC Upstate Admissions website.

Prospective students are encouraged to make an appointment with a transfer admissions counselor at the USC Upstate Greenville Campus. The transfer admissions counselor will prepare a tentative evaluation of the credits earned and relate it to the student’s major field of interest. For a tentative transcript evaluation, students must provide a copy of unofficial transcripts.  Official transcripts will be reviewed by your department upon acceptance.

What is meant by course equivalency?

Course equivalency refers to the similarity of course content from another college to that of a course offered by USC Upstate Greenville.

What are general education requirements?

General education requirements are 100- and 200-level introductory liberal arts courses that cover eight academic areas. These areas include communication, mathematics and logic, information technology, natural science, arts and humanities, foreign language and culture, history, and social and behavioral sciences.

How do major courses differ from the general education courses?

Major courses are designated as 300, 400 and 500 level courses. Major courses enable a student to specialize in a particular area of interest. A minimum grade of a “C” is required in major courses.

What are cognate courses and how do they relate to minors?

Cognate courses and minors are concentrated study in an area that complements that of the major. Cognate courses and minors must be junior- or senior-level classes. In order to declare a minor, the student must work with his or her advisor. More information can be found in USC Upstate’s Academic Catalog under Academic Programs.

What are prerequisite and co-requisite courses?

Prerequisites are courses that must be taken prior to a higher-level course. Co-requisites are course that may or must be taken concurrently.

How many credits are required for graduation?

To graduate from USC Upstate, a student must earn between 120 and 128 credits, including any transferred credits.

How many credits must be earned “in residence” in order to graduate from USC Upstate Greenville Campus?

The last 25 percent, generally thirty (30) credits, must be earned at USC Upstate Greenville Campus and/or at the main campus in Spartanburg, in order for a student to graduate from USC Upstate. Academic residency or “in residence” means that students are regularly enrolled in the university.

If I have been accepted but did not attend USC Upstate either on the Greenville Campus or the Spartanburg Campus, do I apply again and pay the $40 admission fee?

If you have been accepted to USC Upstate but did not attend the semester in which you applied, you may update your application for admission for one semester by contacting the admissions office at admissionsoffice@uscupstate.edu with no fee required. If you need update your application for more than one semester from your original application semester, you will need to complete the application online and pay the application fee again. 

If I have previously attended USC Upstate and would like to attend classes at USC Upstate once again, do I need to reapply?

If you have previously attended USC Upstate and have not enrolled for at least one major semester and would like attend classes at USC Upstate again, you would need to complete a re-admit application and submit a $10 fee. 

Explain the library services for USC Upstate Greenville Campus students.

To access the USC Upstate library for students on the Greenville Campus, visit the library website.  USC Upstate Greenville Campus students also have access to a virtual library at the University Center Greenville, the F.W. Symmes Library and Media Center.

Library Hours at the USC Upstate Greenville Campus

Monday - Thursday    8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday    8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday    1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

What financial aid is available?

All students must complete the federal form, FAFSA. The USC Upstate code is "006951." A financial aid counselor is scheduled to meet with prospective and continuing students at USC Upstate Greenville Campus at least once a month. More information about financial aid can be found on the USC Upstate Financial Aid website.