Open main menu

University of South Carolina Upstate

The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) is a public university located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. Founded in 1967 and formerly known as the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, the school changed its name in the summer of 2004. The University of South Carolina Upstate is[when?] the fastest growing university in South Carolina offering both undergraduate and graduate programs for students in the Upstate and surrounding areas. One of four accredited four-year schools in the University of South Carolina System, it is home to approximately 6,000 students and 340 full-time faculty. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of South Carolina
ChancellorBrendan Kelly, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Location, ,

34°59′51″N 81°58′14″W / 34.99750°N 81.97056°W / 34.99750; -81.97056Coordinates: 34°59′51″N 81°58′14″W / 34.99750°N 81.97056°W / 34.99750; -81.97056
280 acres (113 ha)
ColorsGreen, White, and Black
AffiliationsNCAA Division I
Big South Conference


After the Spartanburg General Hospital decided to discontinue its degree program for nurses, local politicians, led by Dr. G.B. Hodge, decided to create a separate University for the region. In 1967 the Spartanburg Regional Campus was opened as a two-year college with an initial enrollment of 177 students. Because of increased popularity, the school became a four-year institution in 1975 and was renamed the University of South Carolina Spartanburg. During the following years, both the campus and the scope of the University expanded. In the summer of 2004 the USC Board of Trustees voted to change the name to University of South Carolina Upstate to better reflect its mission to educate the people of South Carolina's upstate region. Aside from its presence in Spartanburg, University of South Carolina Upstate has become the largest educational provider in the University Center Greenville, a consortium of seven institutions of higher learning in Greenville, South Carolina.

Colleges and schoolsEdit

  • College of Arts, Social Science, and Humanities
  • College of Science and Technology
  • Mary Black School of Nursing
  • George Dean Johnson Jr., College of Business and Economics
  • School of Education, Human Performance, and Health

Clubs, organizations, and teamsEdit

University of South Carolina Upstate has many clubs and organizations as well as academic teams whose main goals are the intellectual and interpersonal growth of students through community service and wide-ranging cultural activities.

IFC Greek organizations for menEdit

NPC Greek organizations for womenEdit

NPHC Greek Organizations for Men and WomenEdit




Campus organizations and clubs are exceptionally diverse and include many clubs, such as the Campus Activity Board,[1] The Carolinian,[2] news blog, the literary journal writersINC,[3] Student Government Association, and many academic and social clubs.

The Chemistry Club strives to stimulate and maintain an interest in the field of chemistry through monthly meetings. Activities include community service activities, bringing speakers to campus from academia, industry, and regulatory agencies, field trips to local chemical companies, performing chemical demonstrations at schools and for the public, and participating in local section American Chemical Society meetings.

The Marketing Club, which provides students with resume workshops, company visits, and internship opportunities.

The Forensics Team, led by coach and director, Dr. Kevin Sargent, has proved to be able to compete with other top universities.

The Mock Trial Team competes nationally alongside local rivals, Furman, Duke, and UNC-Chapel Hill. The team has been gaining in experience and in wins since being taken over by Sargent.

Impact, a community service organization on campus.

The Shoestring Players theater group presents several major productions each year, plus smaller presentations and original revues. Membership is open to all students interested in theatrical performance and production.

College Republicans

College Democrats

CAB (Campus Activities Board)

The Carolinian - Student run publication on campus.

Pi Sigma Alpha - Political Science honor society.

The Student Veterans Association is made up of veterans who are serving or have served in our nation's armed services. The group is making strides and continues to grow. The veteran population at the school is approximately 150 students. The SVA strives to continue the camaraderie that is lost after service.

Honors programEdit

The University of South Carolina Upstate's Honors Program, actively encourages academic enrichment and achievement by providing superb coursework and opportunities to academically advanced students. The program provides an array of classwork opportunities—from advanced sections of classes to complete honors courses, many taught and facilitated by the University's best faculty and occupied by the school's brightest students. The program also encourages community service and intellectual betterment by placing high standards for honors graduation which include community service and predetermined honors seminars. The Honors Program organizes trips abroad annually.


USC Upstate Athletics logo

University of South Carolina Upstate sponsors 13 collegiate teams known as the Spartans. The athletic department colors are green, white, and black. The teams compete in the Big South Conference and Division I of the NCAA. These sports are men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, baseball, softball, track & field, cross country, and women's volleyball.

The head coach of the Spartans baseball team is Matt Fincher. He has been the head coach for 11 years[when?] and has rebuilt the baseball program. "The 2005 Spartans finished with the program's best ever record as a member of NCAA Division II. USC Upstate had a 33-21 overall record and a 14-16 mark in the league in the 2005 season..."[4]


The University has a living Alumni base of over 35,000. According to the school, over 80% of them still live and work in the upstate region.

The USC Upstate Alumni Association, an office within University Advancement, is a service organization established by the University to promote the interests of the institution and to develop and maintain a close bond between the University and its alumni.

The Alumni Association keeps members informed about their alma mater and their classmates. The Association notifies alumni of annual events on and off campus, and promotes annual giving to the USC Upstate Foundation.

Membership is open to all former students who have graduated from USC Upstate.


  1. ^ "USC Upstate: Campus Activities Board". Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
  2. ^ "The Carolinian". The Carolinian.
  3. ^ "USC Upstate: writersINC". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  4. ^ [1] Archived September 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit