First Time in College at USC Upstate

First Time in College

Up for a life-changing adventure.

Graduating high school and choosing a college is one of the most exhilarating decisions you’ll experience. A big part of it comes down to which school just feels right.

This is why, when prospective students visit Upstate, they usually choose to come here. There’s an unmistakable energy and pride that radiates unlike anywhere else. And it starts with our people, who are waiting to provide you personalized support and guidance through the application process.  

A Simple and Supportive Process

Applying for college can be intimidating for any new student. Our experienced, supportive admissions counselors will be there for you every step of the way to answer any questions you have.

Apply for Admission

The initial online application makes it a simple process. After applying and submitting the $45 non-refundable application fee, make sure to check the status of your application and keep up to date on the enrollment checklist to stay on track.

Attend Admitted Student Day

Once you’ve been admitted, you’ll want to attend Admitted Student Day on Friday, April 17 to learn everything you’ll need to know before entering USC Upstate as a freshman. Register online or in-person up to and including the day of the event, which is held in the University Readiness Center.

Join Us for Orientation

Orientation is an excellent chance for you to be introduced to the USC Upstate experience and get a feel for what living the Up mindset as a part of our community is all about.

Credential Requirements for Freshman Applicants

Freshman applicants have attended or are currenty enrolled in high school and have not attended a post-secondary institution.

Freshman admission to USC Upstate is based on high school courses and scores from the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) scores.

  • If you are taking the SAT, use code 5850 to have your scores sent directly to us.
  • If you are taking the ACT, use code 3889 to have your scores sent directly to us.

 For students at least 22 years of age, SAT/ACT scores are not required however, evidence of ability for academic success is required.

Applicants who attended college classes while enrolled in high school or during summer school will be required to submit transcripts from the college where the courses were taken.

Freshman Student Enrollment Checklist

Print this numbered list to help guide you through the enrollment process.

If you have any questions, contact the office of admissions.

  1. Attend college fair or ed op program
  2. Visit campus: open house, fabulous Friday or private appointment
  3. Take SAT/ACT: request scores to be forwarded to admissions office
  4. Submit application with application fee or apply online
  5. Ask guidance counselor to mail high school transcript to admissions office
  6. Get AP/IB credit: request test scores to be mailed to records office
  7. Claim your VIP ID. Detailed instructions can be found in your welcome packet or online
  8. Set up your Upstate Self Service Carolina and email account
  9. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible. The University of South Carolina Upstate Federal School Code is 006951.
  10. Pay $100 Freshman Deposit
  11. Apply for on-campus housing
  12. Make orientation reservation
  13. Complete placement testing prior to orientation
  14. Submit immunization records
  15. Submit citizenship verification information
  16. If you believe you are a legal resident of South Carolina, you must complete the South Carolina resident certification through the online application portal
  17. Send final high school transcript after graduation
  18. Attend freshman orientation
  19. Pay tuition and fees
  20. Contact your roommate before coming to campus
  21. Move into campus housing
  22. Attend AGOGE program (Fall semester only)
Citizenship Verification

Pursuant to section 59‐101‐430 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended in 2008, the University of South Carolina has adopted a general enrollment policy effective January 1, 2009. To attend a public University in the state, a student must be a citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully present in the United States.

Students must now provide proof of citizenship before being allowed to enroll in classes at the University.

This verification process has been adopted to deter and prevent false claims of citizenship by unlawful aliens attempting to evade the eligibility requirements of section 59‐101‐430.

You must complete the Citizenship Status Verification form PDF Document and send it, along with proof of citizenship* to the University of South Carolina Upstate Citizenship Verification Office.

The deadline for submitting these documents is prior to attending orientation or registration. If the documents are not submitted we will be obliged to place a hold on your registration in order to comply with state law.

*Proof of Citizenship: One of the following documents can be mailed along with the Citizenship Status Verification form:

  • Copy of your South Carolina driver’s license if you first became a licensed driver in South Carolina after January 1, 2002
  • Certified Birth Certificate indicating that you were born in the United States or a territory of the United States.
  • Current U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport that has not been expired more than 10 years
  • Certificate of Naturalization ‐ USCIS Form (N‐550 or N‐570)
  • U.S. government issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N‐560 or N‐561)

NOTE: If name has changed since birth, you must present all legal documents (i.e., adoption records, marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization, and court ordered name change) supporting all name changes from the name which appears on the document presented as proof of citizenship.

Meet Our Scholars


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Spartanburg Methodist College
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Hanna Frederick
Tift County High School
Out-of-State Scholarship
Vanessa Benavente
Mauldin High School
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Laiah Liburd
Notre Dame High School
Out-of-State Scholarship
Brandon Mercado
Boiling Springs High School
Dean's Scholarship
Tallon McAbee
Landrum High School
Chancellor Scholarship
Emily Andrews
Hamden High School
Out-of-State Scholarship
Anna Cantrell
High School
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Braedon Poteat
Homeschooled student
Chancellor Scholarship
Christian Bowers
North Central High School
Dean's Scholarship

Jasmine Chappell
High Point Academy
Dean's Scholarship

Amber Amaker
Boiling Springs High School
Dean's Scholarship

Annabeth Bearden
Clover High School
Dean's Scholarship

Jhonny Villamil
Greer High School
Provost Scholarship

Nicholas Dill
Wade Hampton High School
Provost Scholarship

Annabelle Smith
Gilbert High School
Provost Scholarship

Sheniah Everson
Burke High School
Valedictorian Scholarship

Yesenia Enriquez
Transmountain Early College High School
Out-of-State Scholarship

Mitchell McKenney Mitchell McKenney
Out-of-State Scholarship

Julian Rip

Julian Rip
Hutchinson Community College
Out-of-State Scholarship

Danielle Selvaggi

Danielle Selvaggi
JL Mann High School
University Scholars Award Scholarship

Marisa Soterakis

Marisa Soterakis
American Heritage School
Out-of-State Scholarship


Hanna Frederick
Tift County High School

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