The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) first opened as the Spartanburg Regional Campus, part of the USC system, in 1967. Its purpose was to provide a diploma program for registered nurses when the local hospital, Spartanburg General Hospital, phased out its internal program. The first session served 177 students and was housed inside the hospital’s nursing residence.
USC Upstate became a four-year university in 1975 and offered its first graduate degrees in 1994. Its name was changed to the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2004. Today, it offers a full range of academic programs in liberal arts, sciences, business administration, and nursing and teacher education. Located in the thriving metropolis of Upstate South Carolina, the campus continues to grow and now serves 5,500 students a semester.
USC Upstate has also reached out to the Greenville community by joining the University Center of Greenville (UCG), which is dedicated to providing higher education options to residents of the Greenville Metropolitan Area. USC Upstate is the largest participant by enrollment in the UCG, which is made up of seven universities and colleges. Over 70 percent of UCG’s undergraduate enrollment is made up of USC Upstate students. Through USC Upstate’s partnership with Greenville Technical College, students can pursue technical certificates and associate degrees that will transfer to the beginnings of a baccalaureate degree at USC Upstate in Greenville.