Resources › For Students and Parents USC Upstate Admissions SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More Share Flipboard Email Print Billy Hathorn / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0 For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated October 06, 2019 USC Upstate Description: Established in 1967, the University of South Carolina Upstate is one of the senior public institutions of the University of South Carolina system. USC Upstate occupies a 328-acre campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and draws students from 36 states and 51 countries. Nursing, education, and business are all extremely popular with undergraduates. High achieving students should look into Upstate's Honors Program for access to special academic, professional, and travel opportunities. In athletics, the USC Upstate Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. The school fields 17 varsity teams. Admissions Data (2016): USC - Upstate Acceptance Rate: 55%Test Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: 430 / 520SAT Math: 430 / 520SAT Writing: - / -What these SAT numbers meanSAT comparison for South Carolina collegesAtlantic Sun Conference SAT comparisonACT Composite: 18 / 23ACT English: 16 / 22ACT Math: 17 / 22What these ACT numbers meanACT comparison for South Carolina collegesAtlantic Sun Conference ACT comparison Enrollment (2016): Total Enrollment: 5,821 (5,578 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female80% Full-time Costs (2016 - 17): Tuition and Fees: $11,190 (in-state); $22,188 (out-of-state)Books: $1,600 (why so much?)Room and Board: $8,141Other Expenses: $3,330Total Cost: $24,261 (in-state); $35,259 (out-of-state) USC Upstate Financial Aid (2015 - 16): Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of AidGrants: 95%Loans: 73%Average Amount of AidGrants: $7,604Loans: $6,410 Academic Programs: Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Nursing, Psychology Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates: First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 68%Transfer Out Rate: 34%4-Year Graduation Rate: 24%6-Year Graduation Rate: 42% Intercollegiate Athletic Programs: Men's Sports: Track and Field, Soccer, Golf, Basketball, Tennis, BaseballWomen's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics Explore Other South Carolina Colleges: Anderson | Charleston Southern | Citadel | Claflin | Clemson | Coastal Carolina | College of Charleston | Columbia International | Converse | Erskine | Furman | North Greenville | Presbyterian | South Carolina State | USC Aiken | USC Beaufort | USC Columbia | Winthrop | Wofford USC Upstate Mission Statement: complete mission statement can be found at http://www.uscupstate.edu/about_upstate/faq/default.aspx?id=8416 "University of South Carolina Upstate aims to become one of the Southeast's leading "metropolitan" universities … a university that acknowledges as its fundamental reason for being its relationship to expanding populations along the I-85 corridor. It aims to be recognized nationally among its peer metropolitan institutions for its excellence in education and commitment to its students, for its involvement in the Upstate, and for the clarity and integrity of its metropolitan mission. As a senior public institution of the University of South Carolina with a comprehensive residential campus in Spartanburg and commuting and degree completion operations at the University Center of Greenville, the University's primary responsibilities are to offer baccalaureate education to the citizens of the Upstate of South Carolina and to offer selected master's degrees in response to regional demand."