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For High School Guidance Counselors

The University of South Carolina Upstate strives to change the way students think about their education and future. We know that guidance counselors play a vital role in helping students choose their future academic endeavors. Therefore, we have provided the following links to facilitate your efforts in assisting students.

Request a site visit to your school by a USC Upstate Representative
USC Upstate is excited to announce the availability of in-classroom presentations on a variety of topics. Complete this form to request a visit to your school.

Junior Scholars

The USC Upstate Junior Scholars program recognizes some of the best high school juniors in South Carolina. Guidance counselors from all South Carolina high schools are encouraged to nominate five of their best junior students based on the required academic and extracurricular criteria.

By meeting the requirements for the USC Upstate Junior Scholars program, students are considered an excellent candidate for admission to our freshman class. As a junior scholar, students will automatically be considered for USC Upstate's academic scholarships and will have their $40 freshman application fee waived.  

Junior Scholar Nomination Form
The 2016 nomination process has ended.Guidance counselors, please check back next year for more information on nominating a student. 

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A ceremony to welcome new Junior Scholars will take place during the Open House program on Saturday, April 30th in the University Readiness Center Great Room. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. After the ceremony, attendees will have the option to have lunch on USC Upstate's campus and participate in a full campus tour.

For information regarding an applicant from your school, please contact:

Jana Baron
: last names beginning A – L 
Alicia McCourry
: last names beginning M – Z

Tara Bradley
: last names beginning with A – L
Jennifer Easler
: last names beginning with M – Z

Have more questions? Ask an Admissions Staff Member!

Additional Literature
If you are a high school guidance counselor or administrator and need information packets for your school, please complete this form and we will send the packets to you promptly.

Campus Visits
There is no better way to get to know USC Upstate than by visiting our campus. Explore our buildings, talk to current students, meet a faculty member and get a feel for what it is like to attend school here. Learn more about campus visits here.

Group Tours
If you would like to bring a group for a campus tour, please complete this form.

Individual Tours
Admissions counselors are available to meet with prospective students and give campus tours at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout most of the year. Call the Office of Admissions at 864-503-5246, or 1-800-277-8727 to schedule an appointment.

Fabulous Friday
Students can spend a Friday away from high school or with their friends or parents discovering what college is really like. Fabulous Friday is a fun, no-forms, no-stress environment and the best way to find out all of the unique features that set USC Upstate apart from other schools. More information about Fab Friday.

Open House
Designed to give students an in-depth, first-hand look at USC Upstate, Open House is a great opportunity to take a Saturday to tour campus facilities and find out about degree programs and student life options. Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet current students, faculty, staff and administrators and have lunch with other prospective students. It is a one-day overview of everything USC Upstate has to offer and a great way to decide if we are the right university for you. More information about USC Upstate Open Houses

Upstate Fast Facts
Student/Faculty ratio: 18 to 1
Average Class Size: 25
Average GPA: 3.5
Average ACT Score: 21
Average SAT Score: 1000
Student Organizations: More than 90
Total Enrollment: Approximately 6,000
Number of undergraduate programs: 43  
Number of graduate programs: 5
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Atlantic Sun Conference
Campus: Approximately 330 acres

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Contact Us

USC Upstate Admissions
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Tel: 864-503-5246
Toll-free: 800-277-8727

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8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.