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Welcome to USC Upstate

Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, USC Upstate is located conveniently along the thriving economic I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte and just a few hours drive from the beaches and mountains.

With approximately 6,000 students at USC Upstate, the campus is a constant whirlwind of activity. There is always something to do. Should you decide to venture off campus, the Spartanburg community is filled with Southern hospitality and historical and cultural heritage. There are also 14,000 college students in town as seven colleges are located in this area.

We encourage you to get to know the USC Upstate campus, the Spartanburg community and the Upstate area!

About the University


The history of the University of South Carolina Upstate is a chronicle of remarkable development. In 1967, the University was founded primarily to avert a serious health care labor shortage crisis when Spartanburg General Hospital announced plans to eliminate its diploma program for registered nurses. The Spartanburg Regional Campus, as it was first known, opened its doors in the fall of 1967 to 177 students on the firs floor of the Spartanburg General Hospital nursing residence. Enrollment continued to increase, which resulted in the school becoming a four-year university in 1975 and being renamed the University of South Carolina Spartanburg. During the next 20 years the campus began to take physical shape with the construction of additional academic buildings. Enrollment continued to grow and degree offering were expanded. In 2004, the University changed its name to USC Upstate to include its campus in Greenville and to recognize the continue expansion of partnerships and services across the I-85 corridor. USC Upstate has grown into one of the leading metropolitan universities in the Southeast. This growth has been a direct response to the needs of the Upstate— a tradition that began with the University’s creation. The University has expanded well beyond nursing to include 40 bachelor’s programs in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and teacher education. Master’s programs are offered in education, informatics and nursing. Today, USC Upstate boasts a diverse student enrollment of 5,500, with students from 36 states and 51 nations, and an alumni base of more than 21,500, of which 85 percent remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers.

Our Campus

  • John C. Stockwell Administration Building
    The Administration Building, with its shiny, gold-leaf dome, was the first building constructed on campus and it opened in 1969. The building houses Administration Offices, Information Technology Services, and the Advanced Digital Media Lab. It also features the Rose Terrace, an area overlooking the quadrangle where spring commencement is held each year.
  • Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center
    This facility is the hub of student life activity. Opened in 1995, it houses Dining Services, Student Affairs, Counseling Services, Center for International Studies, student organization offices, student publication offices, several meeting rooms, a computer lab and an ATM. A large ballroom, overlooking the beautiful Susan Jacobs Arboretum, is often used for receptions and other events.
  • G.B. Hodge Center
    Named for one of the University’s founders, Dr. G.B. Hodge, the Center was completed in 1973, renovated in 2000 and again in 2010. The bottom floor is home to the Athletics Department, which includes the basketball gymnasium, a practice gym and weight room. The top floor houses the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science. This area is full of the latest technology for learning including the Stäubli Robotics Lab, three smart classrooms and two computer labs.
  • The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics
    “The George” as it is affectionately known is located in the heart of downtown Spartanburg at 160 E. St. John Street and it is where nearly 800 business majors attend classes. The 60,000-square-foot facility features a stock trading lab, smart classrooms, a large tiered classroom, meeting spaces, conference rooms, beautiful exterior green space and three large art galleries. A parking garage is located conveniently behind the building, and a free shuttle offers service to and from the main campus.
  • Health Education Complex
    Opened in summer 2008 and situated on top of a hill with panoramic views of the beautiful Susan Jacobs Arboretum, the Complex houses the Mary Black School of Nursing, the School of Education, the Enrollment Management Offices, Bookstore, and a three-story Wellness/Fitness Center. 
  • Health Services
    Located on University Way near Valley Falls Road, Health Services offers health care and education to all enrolled students on an outpatient basis. A nurse practitioner is available on a full-time basis by appointment. 
  • Horace C. Smith Science Building
    This building was opened in 1984 primarily for the sciences. The first floor features the Watershed Ecology Lab, Scanning Electron Microcopy laboratory, and food court. The second floor houses the geology laboratory and the physics laboratory. The biology department occupies the third floor, including modern facilities and equipment, seven labs for teaching and research, and a large herbarium housing 16,000+ labeled and mounted specimens of plants native to the Upstate. Chemistry facilities, including teaching and research laboratories occupy the fourth floor and there is also a computer lab available for student use.
  • Humanities & Performing Arts Center
    Opened in 1990, this building features a 450-seat theater with a hydraulic pit lift, superb acoustics, the latest technology in theatre lighting, and a fully-rigged fly loft. The building also houses classrooms, academic offices, a music recital hall, private practice rooms, art studios, the Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery, the Focus Gallery, and foreign language and journalism labs.
  • John M. Rampey Center
    Opened in 1992, this 6,200-square-foot facility contains the Center for Student Success, including the Academic Support Center, Career Services, and Opportunity Network.
  • P. Kathryn Hicks Visual Arts Center
    Renovated in 2003, this building is named for Katie Hicks, a professor of art at USC Upstate for more than 30 years. The renovation of this building, nestled in the Susan Jacobs Arboretum, provides ample studio space for drawing, painting, graphic design, print making, digital imaging and three-dimensional design.
  • Library
    Constructed 1976, the Library originally opened with holdings totaling about 9,607. Today’s facility, also designed for classrooms and office space, holds more than 220,000 volumes and boasts a fast growing collection of important archives. On the lower level, with a separate entrance, is the Tukey Theater, a 140-seat lecture hall named for the late Richard E. Tukey, one of the community leader instrumental in the establishment of USC Upstate.
  • Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex
    This complex includes the County University Soccer Stadium, Spartanburg County Youth Soccer Fields, Cleveland S. Harley Baseball Stadium, Cyrill Softball Stadium and a Tennis Complex. The Howell Complex, named one of the Southeast’s top sports venues, attracts a great number of students and the public to athletic events.
  • College of Arts and Sciences Building
    Opened in 1982, this 26,066-squarefoot facility originally housed the Mary Black School of Nursing, named for the late Mrs. Mary Louisa Snoddy Black, whose contributions played a key role in securing the funds for the building. It now houses the administrative offices for the College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology Department, and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • Media Center
    In addition to the studios of WRET-TV — a station of the South Carolina Educational Television Network — the academic offices of the Departments of Sociology, Criminal Justice, Women & Gender Studies and History, Political Science, Philosophy & American Studies are
    located in this 44,000 square-foot building built in 1978.
  • Palmetto House and Magnolia House
    Magnolia House is the newest residential facility on campus, opening in fall 2009 for 352 freshmen. Next door is the Palmetto House, which provides housing for 348 upper level students. It opened in 2004. The complex, known as The Tree Houses, consists of single and double occupancy rooms, open areas, and recreation rooms. Each hall features a private study area and laundry facilities. This coeducational facility features controlled access, full sprinkler system, Internet access, cable television, computer lab, green space and adjacent parking.
  • Palmetto Villas
    The University obtained ownership of this 12-building apartment complex in 1997. Each two-bedroom unit is furnished, air-conditioned, and has a full kitchen. A recreation area with laundry and basketball and volleyball courts is available. The apartments house 348 upperclassmen.
  • Susan Jacobs Arboretum
    A place of serene natural beauty ideal for various activities, the 12-acre arboretum is named for Susan Jacobs, a graduate of The Mary Black School of Nursing. It features a 300-seat amphitheater, lighted walkways, and foliage indigenous to the area. A meandering creek lined with stones and boulders enhances this tranquil setting. The Dr. Lawrence E. Roël Garden Pavilion, constructed along the creek in a rustic Shaker style, is where students enjoy outdoor classes and where the campus community gathers for picnics, campus events, reunions, etc.
  • Upstate Rotary International Peace Park
    This beautiful six-acre park is a place to relax, contemplate, watch, wish and pray for peace and understanding. Dedicated in April 2008, the park includes boardwalks, walking paths, a conifer collection, shrub roses and ornamental grasses. A peace pole, inscribed with "May peace prevail on earth" in a variety of languages, was recently added to the park.
  • University Readiness Center
    Completed in 2003, this facility is the result of a one-of-a-kind partnership between USC Upstate and the S.C. National Guard. The Guard houses its high-end signal corps unit here while providing the University with additional classrooms, special events locations and support facilities for the Louis P. Howell Athletic Complex.
  • Greenville Campus
    USC Upstate has a Greenville Campus for commuting junior- and senior-level students. USC Upstate is the largest provider of undergraduate academic programs at the University Center of Greenville, generating over 70 percent of the Center’s baccalaureate enrollment. USC Upstate offers undergraduate programs, each taught by highly–qualified and dedicated faculty both during the day and evening in engineering technology management, communications, information management and systems, nursing, business administration, teacher education and interdisciplinary studies. Eight institutions of higher learning have a presence at UCG.

University Quick Facts

Founded: 1967
Enrollment: 5,500 students
Campus: 330 acres
Faculty: The faculty totals 425—230 full-time and 195 part-time
Academics: College of Arts and Sciences,
George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, Mary Black School of Nursing, and School of Education
Incoming Class: 1,000 Average SAT 3.5 Average GPA
Financial Aid: About 75% of our student body receives some kind of financial aid
Housing: Magnolia House for freshmen Palmetto House and Villas for upperclassmen
Student Life: More than 70 organizations offer students an opportunity to get involved
Athletics: The Spartans compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference of NCAA Division I. The men field teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field. The women field teams in softball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
Mascot: Sparty
Alumni: 21,500 of which 85% remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers

Phone Numbers (all numbers are preceded by 503-unless otherwise noted)

Academic Affairs • 5317  
Academic Support Center • 5070
Achieve Program • 583-3154
Admissions • 5246
Advancement and USC Upstate Foundation • 5209
Alcohol and Drug Education • 5536
Alumni Relations • 5240
Arts and Sciences, College of • 5700
Athletics • 5141
Bookstore • 5167
Box Office • 5695
Business Affairs • 5353
Business and Economics, George Dean Johnson Jr.
College of • 5580
Career Center • 5392
Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union • 5336
Cashier's Office • 5326
Chancellor’s Office • 5200
Counseling Services • 5195
Dean of Students • 5107
Dining Services • 5900
Disability Services • 5199
Education, School of • 5560
Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity • 5344
Facilities Management • 5500
Financial Aid • 5340
Fine Arts and Communication Studies, Department of • 5603
Graduate Education Programs • 5573
Grants and Sponsored Awards • 5331
Greenville Campus • 552-4242
Health Services • 5191
History, Political Science, Philosophy and American
Studies, Department of • 5795
Honors Program • 5657
Housing and Residential Life • 5422Academic Affairs • 5317
Academic Support Center • 5070
Achieve Program • 583-3154
Admissions • 5246
Advancement and USC Upstate Foundation • 5209
Alcohol and Drug Education • 5536
Alumni Relations • 5240
Arts and Sciences, College of • 5700
Athletics • 5141
Bookstore • 5167
Box Office • 5695
Business Affairs • 5353
Business and Economics, George Dean Johnson Jr.
College of • 5580
Career Center • 5392
Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union • 5336
Cashier's Office • 5326
Chancellor’s Office • 5200
Counseling Services • 5195
Dean of Students • 5107
Dining Services • 5900
Disability Services • 5199
Education, School of • 5560
Employee Relations and Equal Opportunity • 5344
Facilities Management • 5500
Financial Aid • 5340
Fine Arts and Communication Studies, Department of • 5603
Graduate Education Programs • 5573
Grants and Sponsored Awards • 5331
Greenville Campus • 552-4242
Health Services • 5191
History, Political Science, Philosophy and American
Studies, Department of • 5795
Honors Program • 5657
Housing and Residential Life • 5422
Human Resources • 5322
Informatics, Department of • 5432
Information Technology and Services • 5257
Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning • 5490
Instructional Technology • 5470
Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for • 5703
International Studies, Center for • 5661
Languages, Literature and Composition,
Department of • 5688
Library • 5620
Mathematics and Computer Science, Division of • 5305
Media Services • 5564
Metropolitan Studies Institute • 5901
Multicultural Affairs • 5196
Natural Sciences and Engineering, Division of • 5725
Non-traditional Student Services • 5195
Nursing, Mary Black School of • 5440
Opportunity Network • 5966
Postal Services • 5773
Psychology, Department of • 5706
Purchasing • 5232
Records, Registration and Veterans Affairs • 5220
Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies,
Department of • 5701
Special Events and Facilities Scheduling • 5989
Student Affairs • 5107
Student Life • 5122
Student Success Center • 5392
Switchboard • 5000
Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, Center for • 5292
University Communications • 5210
University Police • 5911
Watershed Ecology, Center for • 5728
Wellness Center • 5080
Writing Center, The • 5883

Accommodations

  • Hampton Inn & Suites
    801 Spartan Blvd., (864) 699-2222
  • Clarion Hotel
    9027 Fairforest Rd., (864) 574-2111
  • Courtyard by Marriott
    110 Mobile Dr., (864) 585-2400
  • Crossland Economy Studios
    130 Mobile Dr., (864) 573-5949
  • Marriott At Renaissance Park
    299 North Church St., (864) 596-1211

Dinning

Downtown Area

  • Cribbs Kitchen
    121 N. Spring St., (864) 585-7397
  • Groucho’s Deli
    100 E. Main St., (864) 582-2662
  • Miyako Sushi Group
    116 Magnolia St., (864) 583-5112
  • The Brickhouse Pizzeria & Grill
    203 W. St. John St., (864) 585-0555
  • Wild Ace Pizza & Pub
    148 W. Main St., (864) 764-1480
  • Wild Wing Café
    109 W. Main St., (864) 585-4646

Boiling Springs Area

  • Applebee’s
    125 Rainbow Lake Rd., (864) 814-7076
  • Capri’s Italian
    1927 Boiling Springs Rd., (864) 599-6800
  • Copper River Grill
    2104 Highway 9, (864) 814-4701
  • Fatz Café
    1925 Boiling Springs Rd., (864) 599-7909
  • Firehouse Subs
    3605 Boiling Springs Rd., (864) 578-9797
  • Zaxby’s
    1910 Boiling Springs Rd., (864) 814-7003
    WESTGATE MALL AREA
  • Beacon Drive-In
    255 John B. White Sr. Blvd., (864) 585-9387
  • Fuddruckers
    1509 John B. White Sr. Blvd., (864) 576-8329
  • Blue Fin Grill
    805 Spartan Blvd., (864) 699-8000
  • City Range Steakhouse Grill
    774 Spartan Blvd., (864) 327-3333
  • Ryan’s Steakhouse
    151 Dorman Center Dr., (864) 576-7398

    EastSide/HillCrest Area
  • Hickory Tavern
    143 Fernwood Dr., (864) 591-3290
  • Gerhard’s Cafe
    1200 E. Main St., (864) 591-1920
  • Mellow Mushroom
    464 E. Main St., (864) 582-5495
  • Panera Bread
    1935 E. Main St., (864) 573-7000
    UNIVERSITY AREA
  • Carolina Barbeque
    7115 Lone Oak Rd., (864) 503-0542
  • Corona Mexican
    404-D McCravey Dr., (864) 585-9980
  • Wade’s
    1000 N. Pine St., (864) 582-3800
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AREA ATTRACTIONS
MUSEUMS
PARKS AND RECREATION
  • Barnet Park: Play in the fountain on a hot day or catch a concert.
  • Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve: Visit this relaxing place for a picnic.
  • Cleveland Park
  • Liberty Park: Take a breather at the Spartanburg Regional healthcare System park.
  • Milliken Park: Catch some rays at this popular gathering place for students.
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