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University of South Carolina - Upstate Overview

Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, University of South Carolina - Upstate is a public institution. Spartanburg is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is University of South Carolina - Upstate Known For?

1,275 Undergraduate Awards
$28,663 Avg Cost After Aid
58% Acceptance Rate
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at USC Upstate.
  • In 2017-2018, 51% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of South Carolina - Upstate Rankings

USC Upstate holds the #6 spot on the Best Colleges in South Carolina ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

USC Upstate has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#169 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at USC Upstate.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#54 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#76 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Most Popular Online Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#95 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#155 Most Popular Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#204 Most Popular Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#225 Most Popular Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is University of South Carolina - Upstate?

Location of University of South Carolina - Upstate

Contact details for USC Upstate are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303-4999
Phone: 864-503-5000
Website: www.uscupstate.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uscupstate
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/uscupstate

How Do I Get Into USC Upstate?

You can apply to USC Upstate online at: https://www.uscupstate.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for USC Upstate

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into USC Upstate?

58% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
58% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 58%, USC Upstate does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 57%.

Average Test Scores

About 58% of students accepted to USC Upstate submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 560. Math scores were between 450 and 540.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Carolina - Upstate  ( 470 to 560 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for University of South Carolina - Upstate  ( 450 to 540 )
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800
USC Upstate received ACT scores from 64% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 22. Math scores were between 16 and 22. Composite scores were between 17 and 22.

ACT English Scores for University of South Carolina - Upstate  ( 15 to 22 )
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ACT Math Scores for University of South Carolina - Upstate  ( 16 to 22 )
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ACT Composite Scores for University of South Carolina - Upstate  ( 17 to 22 )
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36

Can I Afford University of South Carolina - Upstate?

$28,663 Net Price
73% Take Out Loans
8.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USC Upstate is $28,663. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At USC Upstate, approximately 73% of students took out student loans averaging $6,483 a year. That adds up to $25,932 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USC Upstate is 8.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

University of South Carolina - Upstate Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,637 Full-Time Undergraduates
67% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,853 undergraduate students at USC Upstate, with 4,637 being full-time and 1,216 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  USC Upstate

There are also 455 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,637 full-time undergraduates at USC Upstate, 33% are male and 67% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  USC Upstate

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of South Carolina - Upstate students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of USC Upstate Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 127
Black or African American 1,566
Hispanic or Latino 299
White 2,288
International Students 81
Other Races/Ethnicities 276

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at University of South Carolina - Upstate. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 29 countries are represented at USC Upstate. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Germany, Brazil, and United Kingdom.

Online Learning at University of South Carolina - Upstate

596 Took All Classes Online
2,752 Took At Least One Class Online
3,217.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at USC Upstate. In 2017-2018, 2,752 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at USC Upstate has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 5th most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of USC Upstate

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of South Carolina - Upstate was 3,217.1%. This is the #35 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at USC Upstate regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of USC Upstate majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communication & Journalism 14%
Communication & Media Studies 14%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 5%
Education 21%
Engineering Technologies 21%
Engineering-Related Fields 21%
English Language & Literature 6%
General English Literature 6%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 5%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at USC Upstate ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at USC Upstate.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Engineering-Related Fields #2
Computer Information Systems #4
Engineering Technologies #4
Nursing #7
Criminal Justice & Corrections #8
Computer & Information Sciences #9
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #9
Health Professions #14

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of South Carolina - Upstate Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Nursing 324 0 6 330
Business Administration & Management 184 0 0 184
Teacher Education Grade Specific 119 0 3 122
Criminal Justice & Corrections 91 0 0 91
General Psychology 88 0 0 88
Liberal Arts General Studies 82 0 0 82
Computer Information Systems 57 0 0 57
Communication & Media Studies 51 0 0 51
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 49 0 0 49
Fine & Studio Arts 37 0 0 37
General Biology 29 0 0 29
Special Education 18 0 3 21
Political Science & Government 17 0 0 17
General English Literature 16 0 0 16
Engineering-Related Fields 14 0 0 14
Human Development & Family Studies 14 0 0 14
Teacher Education Subject Specific 13 0 0 13
Sociology 11 0 0 11
Music 11 0 0 11
Information Science 10 0 0 10
History 10 0 0 10
Romance Languages 8 0 0 8
Medical Illustration & Informatics 8 0 0 8
Management Information Systems 0 0 7 7
Drama & Theater Arts 7 0 0 7
Chemistry 5 0 0 5
Social Work 0 5 0 5
Mathematics 2 0 0 2
Teaching English or French 0 1 0 1
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0
Robotics Engineering 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0
Urban Studies 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,275 6 19 1,300

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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