USC Upstate Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

USC Upstate College of Business and Economics
USC Upstate College of Business and Economics.

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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 Big South Conference. The school fields 17 varsity teams.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,821 (5,578 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female
  • 80% 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: $8,141
  • Other Expenses: $3,330
  • Total 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 Aid
    • Grants: 95%
    • Loans: 73%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,604
    • Loans: $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, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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USC Upstate Mission Statement:

complete mission statement can be found at

"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."

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