College Profile

University of South Carolina-Upstate

Spartanburg, SC
  • Public
    4 year
  • 5,500
    Full + Part time Students
  • 1:15
    Faculty to Student Ratio
  • 15%
    Transfer Student Ratio
  • $14K
    Avg. Financial Aid
University of South Carolina Upstate is a coeducational metropolitan university and a member institution of the University of South Carolina. Located in Spartanburg, S.C., we are within hours of the Blue Ridge Mountains and coast. We’re also one of the top transfer destinations in South Carolina for transfer students. We offer more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and teacher education, as well as master’s degrees in education, informatics, and nursing.
Over 52,500 courses transfer into University of South Carolina-Upstate
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Founded 1967
Total Faculty 500
Full-Time Undergraduate 5,500
Application Acceptance Rate 56%
Transfer Students 2,500
Programs 70 Programs
Courses 1,383 Courses
Transfer Agreements 9 incoming Transfer Agreements
Equivalencies 52,750 incoming Equivalencies
12,083 outgoing Equivalencies

Financial Information

In-State Tuition $5,604
Out-of-State Tuition $11,355
Books and Supplies $1,000
Federal Loans: Undergrads receiving aid 64%
Federal Loans: Average amount received $7,150
Scholarships & Grants: Undergrads receiving aid 80%
Scholarships & Grants: Average amount received $6,839

Information for Transfer In Students

  • Accepts Transfers:
    The University of South Carolina Upstate accepts transfer students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Transfer Applications Received:
  • Transfer Applications Accepted:
  • Percentage Accepted:
  • Transfer Applicants Enrolled:
  • Transfer Agreements:
    Direct Connect is an exclusive opportunity for -year colleges partnering with USCarolina Upstate. Any student who graduates with an AA, AS or selected AAS degree from a partner school is guaranteed admission to the USC Upstate.
  • View Agreements:
  • Degree Completion Programs:
    Engineering Technology Management Advanced Manufacturing Management Nursing - RN to BSN Information Management and Systems
  • Technical/Vocation Credit Accepted:
    Contact admissions for more information
  • Credit For Life Experience:
    Yes, students are encouraged to work with the admissions office to receive guidance on a credit for life experience.

Application Deadlines for Transfer

Fall August 15
Spring January 5
Summer Multiple

Transfer Application Requirements

  • Minimum GPA:
    The minimum GPA required is 2.0. However, some majors require higher GPA's for admission to their programs.
  • Official Transcripts:
    Official transcripts are required from every college attended.
  • SAT Scores:
    SAT or ACT scores are required for students 21 years old or less. SAT scores are not required for any students who have earned more than 30 hours of transfer credit.
  • Letters of Recommendation:
    Not required
  • Essay:
    Not required
  • Application Fee:
  • Interview:
    Not required but recommended
  • Associates Degree Required:
    Not required. Degree completion programs require associates degrees in related fields.
  • Other Requirements:
    If fewer than 30 semester hours of college level work have been earned, applicant must meet both transfer and freshman entrance requirements.
  • Apply Here:

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Minimum Grade:
    Transfer credits to USC Upstate must be for academic courses completed with grades of "C" or better from regionally accredited institutions. The number of credits accepted versus the number which may apply to a degree may differ.
  • Credits (Min/Max):
    A maximum of 76 hours may be transferred from a regionally accredited two-year or community college.
  • Transfer Policy Document:

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University of South Carolina-Upstate

800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
United States
Main Phone:


Transfer Admission Contact:
Ira Pace
Assistant Director for Transfer Admissions, Admissions
Transfer Admission Contact:
Michelangelo Dovidio
Transfer Counselor, Admissions
Transfer Admission Contact:
Donette Stewart
Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Services
Last updated on 7/12/2023 by University of South Carolina-Upstate.