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University of South Carolina Spartanburg: Narrative Description


800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303-4999
Tel: (864)503-5000; 800-277-8727; Admissions: (864)503-5280; Fax: (864)503-5201; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of South Carolina System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1967. Setting: 300-acre urban campus with easy access to Charlotte. Endowment: $2.2 million. Research spending 2002-03: $429,810. Educational spending 2002-03: $3046 per student. Total enrollment: 4,507. Faculty: 340 (179 full-time, 161 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 1,904 applied, 49% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 37% from top quarter, 68% from top half. Full-time: 3,445 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 952 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 33 other countries, 5% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 26% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 28% 25 or older, 10% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 63% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at Wofford College, Greenville Higher Education Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $5310 full-time, $233 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,936 full-time, $481 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $276 full-time, $15 per hour part-time, $25 per term part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $4310. College room only: $2900. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 56 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 4% of eligible men and 4% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: African-American Association, Campus Activity Board, Student Nurses Association, Student Government Association, Association for the Education of Young Children. Major annual events: Premier Fall Kick-Off, Technology Fair, Angel Tree Program. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, campus security cameras. 400 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Option: coed housing available. University of South Carolina Spartanburg Library with 156,558 books, 58,426 micro-form titles, 3,151 serials, 11,119 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.3 million. 254 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Spartanburg, South Carolina, is one of the fastest-growing communities in the region, located on the thriving Inter-state 85 corridor about three hours from Atlanta and an hour and a half from Charlotte, North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Mountains are less than an hour away; South Carolina's Grand Strand and historic Low Country are a four-hour drive in the other direction. The area has a growing international presence, and arts and cultural activities that would be the envy of many larger cities.

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