Civic Engagement at USC Upstate supports and extends the efforts of the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement by promoting non-partisan awareness of, and involvement in, multiple aspects of the electoral process, primarily for students, but tangentially including faculty, staff, and the greater community.
Three primary goals for Civic Engagement are:
- Raising awareness of the importance of our democratic process
- Assisting with voter registration and motivation to be involved in elections
- Educating our community concerning issues and candidates at both local and national levels
For questions, comments, or more information, please email CivicEngagement@uscupstate.edu.
USC Upstate is one of about 1,000 colleges and universities that participate in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE). The study is conducted by the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University.
The attached report provides USC Upstate's student voting rates for the 2012, 2014, and 2016 national elections. The data are broken down by characteristics such as age and field of study. In the 2012 election, USC Upstate students voted at a much higher rate than their peers across the country and, as seen in the report for 2016, a higher percentage of students registered and voted in 2016 than in 2012.
Yes! When filling out the voter registration application, use the following address: 470 Hodge Drive, PMB # (enter actual number) Spartanburg, SC 29303.
For South Carolina residents: visit www.scvotes.org, select voters and register to vote. Follow the instructions on the website to complete your voter registration.
Make sure you have updated your information with the SC DMV prior to updating your voter registration information.
For out-of-state residents: visit www.usa.gov/register-to-vote for more information on how to register to vote in your state.
Paper copies of the SC and National voter registration forms can be obtained from the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement, CLC 202.