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About: University of South Carolina Upstate

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a public university located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Formerly known as the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, the school changed its name in 2004. USC Upstate offers both undergraduate and graduate programs for students. The University of South Carolina Upstate is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and it is one of four accredited four-year schools in the University of South Carolina System.

The school, originally known as the Spartanburg Regional Campus, was opened in 1967 as a two-year college with an initial enrollment of 177 students. As a result of increased enrollment, the school became a four-year university 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, and the school began offering graduate degrees in 1994. In 2004, the name of the school was changed to the University of South Carolina Upstate to better reflect its mission to educate the people of SC’s upstate region.

USC Upstate offers degrees through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration and Economics, School of Education, and School of Nursing. The University of SC Upstate actively encourages academic enrichment and achievement through its Honors Program by providing challenging coursework and opportunities to academically advanced students. The program provides an array of classwork opportunities, from advanced sections of classes to complete honors courses. The program also encourages intellectual advancement by placing high standards for honors graduation which include community service and honors seminars.

University of SC Upstate sponsors thirteen collegiate teams known as the Spartans. The athletic department’s colors are green, white, and black, while the university’s colors are garnet and black. The teams compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference and Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). USC Upstate student-athletes compete in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, cross country, track & field, and women’s volleyball.

In recent years the U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of South Carolina Upstate as one of the top four public comprehensive colleges in the South. USC Upstate strives to prepare its students to participate as responsible citizens in a diverse and knowledge-based society, to pursue excellence in their chosen careers, and to continue learning throughout life.

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