University of South Carolina Upstate Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of University of South Carolina Upstate

The University of South Carolina Upstate is one of the University of South Carolina system’s senior public institutions. The institution, situated in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. In athletics, the USC Upstate Spartans play in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. The school fields 17 varsity teams.


  • Total Enrollment: 6,174 (6,036 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 35% Male/65% Female
  • 79% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,868 (in-state); $23,536 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,600
  • Room and Board: $9,764
  • Other Expenses: $3,596
  • Total Cost: $26,828 (in-state); $38,496 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 95%
    • Loans: 73%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,939
    • Loans: $7,369

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration and Management, General; Education, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; and Psychology, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 65%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 37%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 29%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 46%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Cross Country, Golf, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field

Overview of University of South Carolina Upstate Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data                        

  • USC – Upstate Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 470/570
    • SAT Math: 450/540
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 17/22
    • ACT English: 15/22
    • ACT Math: 16/21

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for USC-Upstate, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If USC-Upstate is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

Kean University, University of Texas at Brownsville, California State University Los Angeles, State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for USC-Upstate, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Radford University, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Fresno

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than USC-Upstate. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University

Applying to USC – Upstate

Application Deadline: Rolling

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