Welcome to USC Upstate!
August 14-24, 2016

Your Spartan experience will be heightened through Agoge, our Freshman initiative designed to immerse you in a series of activities that encourage, emphasize and expand your potential.

Our Agoge approach helps you identify your individual strengths, skills and character, while reinforcing the value of the collective whole. This is a mandatory event for all freshmen.

Your quest: Attend 10 events during Agoge.

Joining the Spartan Nation is not as easy as finding the coolest Upstate T-shirt at the bookstore. Spartans must undergo rigorous intentional training to fully acclimate to the academic goal at hand. Agoge is the USC Upstate way of helping you become a Spartan, not just through enrollment, but through activities that give you a head start as classes begin. Review the top ten list below to help fill your Agoge training schedule. Please note: all designated activities are required for all freshmen. Some activities will be at the same time for everyone and a few list optional sessions you may choose from.

A indicates a required event.
Download the full AGOGE SchedulePDF Document

AGOGE Events 2016 - 2017

New Student Convocation and the Chancellor’s Dinner for New Students

Wednesday, August 17, 5 p.m. (4:30 p.m. to be included in your Class of 2020 photo!) 
Hodge Arena

Meet at the Hodge Arena for convocation and dinner on the quad. Enjoy an official welcome to the University during an interactive dinner with your classmates. There will be live music from the faculty/staff band and free stuff, including multiple drawings for bookstore gift cards! Come at 4:30 p.m. to be included in your Class of 2020 photo in the Hodge Arena. Please wear business casual attire.

Big Green Welcome

Sunday, August 14, 8:30 p.m. 
Wellness Center

Don’t miss the Big Green Welcome, an extreme socializing event that uses high energy and fun to introduce you to everyone!

Greater Green: Complicated Conversations

Tuesday, August 16, 1 p.m. 
Hodge Arena

Training guaranteed to inform, inspire and connect you to our community. Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat.

Faculty Lunch and Learns

Wednesday, August 17, 12 p.m. 

These sessions are a good way to understand faculty expectations in the classroom and learn more about different academic subjects. Choose one that interests you and enjoy lunch during the session. More information is available: Agoge Schedule.

Books and Bubbles: Library Scavenger Hunt

Pick a Session 
Monday, August 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or Wednesday, August 17, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Join your friends at the Library! Work in groups as you search throughout the stacks for bubble icons. Each bubble icon will provide photo challenge instructions so be sure to bring a phone or photo taking device to complete this task. If you find all the bubbles, you’ll be entered into a grand prize drawing for a bicycle. You will also get an instant prize once you finish!

Student Success and Academic Support Session

Tuesday, August 16, 2:30 p.m. 
Various Locations

Chose from one of 12 sessions on a variety of topics. More information is available on the AGOGE Schedule.

Learn Where You Live: Mandatory Commuter Connections Brunch/Mandatory Community Meeting

Commuter Connections Brunch 
Wednesday, August 17, 10 a.m. 
University Readiness Center

If you are commuting to Upstate, don’t miss this event specifically for freshmen commuters. A student panel, doorprizes and invaluable information are all included in this session.

Community Meetings 
Sunday, August 14, 7 p.m. 
See your RA for location details

Spend some time getting to know the folks on your hall! Meet your Resident Advisor and hear about ways to get involved in campus housing! Your RA will lead this meeting and help you learn how to meet the Spartan Standard.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Training

Wednesday, August 17, 10:30 a.m. 
University Readiness center

Don't miss this introduction and hands on experience with many of the tools, services and resources to ensure academic success using your device of choice. If you do not have a device, contact the ITS Help Desk for information on our FREE loaner devices.

Stadium Party

Tuesday, August 16, 
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. 
Show: 5:30 p.m. 
 County Soccer Stadium

Kick off the year with this annual campus event. Meet the fall Spartan sports teams and enjoy free food, giveaways and great entertainment!

Premiere Fair

Wednesday, August 24, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Campus Life Center Patio

Learn the many ways to get involved in your community. From student organizations to local businesses, there is something for everyone. There will also be plenty of free food and lots of swag to take home. Before you leave, be sure to check out other campus events designed to show you all the ways you can engage with USC Upstate in both volunteer opportunities and through student organization activities.


We have great giveaways and drawings for this week, every time you attend an Agoge event, your name goes in a drawing at the Convocation dinner that’s good for multiple $500 and $100 gift cards to the Bookstore. We will also award prizes at individual sessions. If you complete all 10 tasks on this list, come by the Premiere Fair on Wednesday, August 24 and you will receive an Agoge T-shirt.