Welcome to USC Upstate!

Joining the Spartan Nation is not as easy as finding the best 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 daily schedule and look through the Spartan Ready List to help fill your Agoge training schedule.

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. Win prizes! We have great giveaways and drawings for this week. Every time you attend an Agoge event, your name goes in a drawing held 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 tasks on this list, come by the Premiere Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 30 and you will receive your free Agoge T-shirt.

Download the full AGOGE Schedule! PDF Document

AGOGE Events 2017 - 2018

Big Green Welcome

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017

8:30 p.m., Wellness Center

This extreme socializing event uses high energy and is a fun way to introduce you to everyone. Join us near Sandella’s following this event for a popcorn and lemonade bar.

Party of the Century: Eclipse with us!

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 1:30 - 3 p.m. 
Campus Life Center Front Patio

Come watch the last Solar Eclipse of this Century! Free viewing glasses, moon pies, soda, water, T-shirts, stress balls and prizes.

New Student Dinner

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

5 p.m., Hodge Arena

This mandatory event requires business casual attire. All new freshmen and transfer students are invited to an address from new Chancellor Dr. Brendan Kelly as you begin your new academic career at Upstate. Following the convocation in the Hodge, join your classmates under the tent for dinner, music, door prizes and more. Come at 4:30 p.m. to be included in your Class of 2020 photo in the Hodge Arena. Please wear business casual attire.

Greater Green: Complicated Conversations

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2017, 1 p.m. 
HPAC Theater

Part of being a Spartan is the ability to become intentional inclusionists as we live in a community that understands diversity and inclusion. Dr. Nika White has touched thousands of lives by creating experiential learning for conversations around diversity and inclusion. Join our keynote this year as she will engage participants in micro-learning activities and self-reflective guided conversations on topics related to the overall value and management of human difference.

Faculty Lunch and Learns

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, Noon-1 p.m. 
Health Education Complex

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

Mandatory Commuter Connections Brunch

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Readiness Center.

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

Bubble Soccer

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 
10:30 a.m.  
Wellness Center

Hilarious to play or watch, it’s good exercise, and it’s one of the safest sports out there. Take one part soccer, one part pillowfight, and one part vaudeville slapstick comedy. Bubble soccer is played on an indoor gym of usual dimensions, with a referee, and two goals. Often time is kept according to regulations, or games are shortened by design, by exhaustion, or by the inability of people convulsed with laughter to run after a ball any longer. Be the first in your class to play this new intramural sport.

Premiere Fair

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Campus Life Center Patio

Student Organizations, University Departments, Local Businesses, free food and novelties, lots of giveaways to take home. Learn all the ways to get involved in your community.

Student Academic Success Sessions

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

2:30 p.m., HPAC and CASB Classrooms

Choose one to attend:

  • 5 Ways to Graduate on Time - USC Upstate students are required to be advised by a faculty or staff member when planning for the subsequent semester. However, it is extremely important that you understand what courses are required for your particular major. This workshop will give you a basic overview of where you can find your student worksheet and will address college terminology such as “general education,” “major course,” “support course,” “prerequisite,” “minor,” “cognate,” and “priority registration,” to name a few. HPAC 219 Jane Addison
  • Top 10 Tips for Surviving the First Semester - Advice for making it through the first semester. HPAC 120 Myles Alexander
  • Nursing Student Panel Discussion - In this session we will discuss what nursing school is really like. Listen to helpful advice from current nursing students about how to be successful in the program. HPAC 101 Elizabeth Culbertson
  • Nutrition & Fitness: Establishing a Healthy College Lifestyle This session will focus on adopting a healthy lifestyle throughout college and the long term benefits, as well as the advantages of proper nutrition and fitness for academic success. HPAC 220 Sydney Will
  • YOLO, How to Balance College Life and Stay on the Dean’s List - Where did I put that? What day is that due? How many pages does it have to be? (Sound familiar?) This session will provide you with strategies and techniques to help you stay organized in and out of the classroom. HPAC 221 Susan Kolb
  • Are You Spartan Ready? - USC Upstate strives to see our students excel inside and outside of the classroom. As you think about your future career path, it is important to know what skills and experiences will help you be successful. In this session, Career Services will discuss the eight core skills all employers want college graduates to have, and provide ways to get involved on campus and in the community to gain experience. Find out what it means to be Spartan Ready! HPAC 233 Sherry McAdams & Jessie Sahms
  • The Global Classroom - Hear from USC Upstate students who recently had a life-changing international experience. They will share about what it’s like inside the classroom of another country: the pros, the cons, and what you need to know to prepare to go on your own adventure! CASB 101 Patrick McCleary
  • Speed Bumps, Pot Holes, and Detours - Let’s talk about ways to handle some of the road blocks along the way of your college journey. CASB 102 Susannah Waldrop
  • It’s Not What You Know… - Did you know that, according to The New York Times, 33 percent of first-year college students reported never talking to their professors outside of class last year? For many students, breaking the ice to meet others can be intimidating to say the least, especially if you feel like you’re in the hot seat. However, not connecting with your greatest resources -- your professors -- is all too often a missed opportunity to establish a productive working relationship and master the material! Join this session to learn how to best approach your professors and apply these professional communication skills to further build your reputation of being a classy and top-of-the-class student! CASB 103 Hannah Terpack