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University of South Carolina Upstate

Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
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.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



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 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 6,000, with students from 36 states and 51 nations, and an alumni base of more than 25,200, of which 85 percent remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers.


  • The Center for Research and Scholarship Support is a division of the Office of Sponsored Awards and Research (SARS) and provides programs, incentives, and resources to enhance the educational and professional development of USC Upstate students by supporting student based research, scholarly, or creative activities.
  • This Center provides, on a competitive basis, logistic and monetary support for the pursuit of student projects performed under the guidance of USC Upstate faculty, staff, and/or community professionals from throughout the Upstate region.


In Career Services, students and alumni will always be our first priority as we work with employers and recruiters to cultivate new and exciting career opportunities.  Please remember that it is our job to support and assist you; however, you must take ownership of your future by getting involved and participating in the career planning process.  Our staff is here to support you in your career search every step of the way.

Career Services can help you with:

  • Self Assessments
  • Four Year Plan
  • Individual Appointments
  • Internship, Full-Time Job Searches
  • Workshops and Networking Events
  • Career Fairs.

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Student services

  • The Center for International Studies (CIS) was established in 1996. The Center provides enhanced international experiences for USC Upstate students and faculty members and fosters interaction between the University and the international community.
  • Due to the reciprocal agreements with various universities around the world, USC Upstate is able to offer students the opportunity to study or conduct internships abroad. The Center provides curricular and personal support for international students, as well as assistance with internship placement in international and American local businesses.

Housing services

USC Upstate students have three affordable housing options for on-campus living: the Magnolia House (for freshmen only), the Palmetto House (for freshmen and upperclassmen), and the Villas (for upperclassmen only). The Office of Housing and Residential Life provides tours of the housing complexes upon request, which allow you to meet the residential life staff and tour the public areas and individual rooms when available.

Library services

LibraryConstructed 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.

ICT services

Connecting to the USC Upstate wireless network is as easy as turning on your computer and opening your web browser. Virtually the entire campus (99% of faculty and staff buildings) is blanketed in wireless coverage, indoors and out.

Medical services

Health ServicesLocated 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. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • With about 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!

Sports facilities

The 60,000-square-foot Wellness Center, within the Health Education Complex, is home to the Department of Campus Recreation. The center offers activities and programs such as intramural sports, outdoor recreation, group exercise, aquatics and sport clubs. 

Student clubs

  • USC Upstate is home to 12 active Greek Letter fraternities and sororities. Fraternity & Sorority Life is housed in the Office of Student Life, located in the Olin B. Sansbury Campus Life Center.
  • Every chapter at USC Upstate was established by its founders based on a commitment to certain values: brotherhood or sisterhood, service, scholarship, and philanthropy. These organizations are more than social groups; they offer tools for personal development and campus involvement while also allowing opportunities to serve the greater community.
  • Joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment, so we encourage you to learn more about our chapters as you make your decision on whether or not to “Go Greek.”


  • The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited to award associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • Business programs are accredited by AACSB International -- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Undergraduate education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program is accredited by ABET—Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc.

Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States

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