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University of South Carolina Upstate: Narrative Description


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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: $2.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $354,813. Educational spending 2003-04: $4381 per student. Total enrollment: 4,376. Faculty: 310 (180 full-time, 130 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 2,252 applied, 39% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 74% from top half. 5 valedictorians. Full-time: 3,410 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 867 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 42 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 26% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 32% 25 or older, 15% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 63% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, 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: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, college prep courses, SAT or ACT. Placement: institutional placement tests required. Entrance: moderately difficult. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $5860 full-time, $257 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,104 full-time, $532 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $326 full-time, $11 per hour part-time, $25 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $5140. College room only: $3100. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

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. 730 college housing spaces available; 400 were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. University of South Carolina Upstate Library with 188,572 books, 55,051 microform titles, 14,953 serials, 7,640 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.9 million. 320 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Spartanburg, South Carolina, is one of the fastest-growing communities in the region, located on the thriving Interstate 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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