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  • 06/01/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 15 people found this review useful. 1 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoys to school that isn't too large or too small, this university is perfect for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage all freshman planning to attend Upstate to become active in student life. Join at least two or three organizations and be completely devoted. Also, remember to stay focused on academics. Its easy to become distracted with friends and events. At the end of the semester your GPA matters the most.

    Bang for the buck

    I received a healthy amount of financial aid from the university, excluding my academic scholarships. Upstate is definitely worth every penny. I know that I'll leave this institution with professional connects/resources and a useful degree, which will carry me in to my future career.

    Am enjoying being here

    Joining different organizations really helped me meet different people on campus. These people have become my best friends in such a short time. I've really formed a small family and a home away from home.

    Am learning a lot

    Academically, I have learned so much this semester. All of my courses were fairly hard, and I anticipated the challenge. I believe a firm education is based resisting the urge to take easy courses.

  • 12/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 2 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you park correctly or you WILL get a ticket. Coming to school 10 minutes early, if you commute, isn't a bad idea at all since parking is always an issue at Upstate.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe when you're a student at Upstate you get the bang for your buck because there is a small ratio of student to teachers. You are able to know your teacher on a personal level and they are able to help you while getting to know you. Our teachers care so much about our goals and they want to help you unlike other colleges with 300 students in each classroom.

    Am enjoying being here

    Even though, I commute I love USC Upstate because it's so close to my home. I know that I am safe at Upstate because of the environment. I would enjoy living there if I could find more scholarships to help me do so.

    Am learning a lot

    At Upstate, I have learned so many things about writing papers, how to manage my time, achieving my goals, planning ahead, and how to study for tests and exams.

  • 01/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 3 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    USC Upstate is great for students who prefer smaller classrooms, seeking a nursing degree, educational degree, ROTC, criminal justice, or any type of IT degree. There are many other degrees that's offered here. You can check them out at http://www.uscupstate.edu/academics/default.aspx?id=26472 .

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're in high school try to earn college credits in your last years or the summer of your senior year. Look for as many scholarships; www.fastweb.com and www.collegeboard.com is a great site.

    Bang for the buck

    College anywhere is expensive, but Upstate is reasonable. Their prices definitely math the quality.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy Upstate for the academic environment. Socially, however, people tend to stay in their cliques; it's very easy to notice the freshmen. You HAVE to be willing to get to know people for yourself, and not wait for people to come to you all the time. It's not like high school; the upperclassmen are more than willing to help anyone get around or just need some advise. Mostly everyone is friendly, but like I said you have to speak up!

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a great variety of things. I have been academically prepared for the future for a promising career and mentally coached for independence. The instructors are awesome and they are available whenever you need them.

  • 12/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 4 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love a diverse atmosphere and a small,intimate campus, this is the college for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind and a goal of getting involved. College is all about putting yourself out there and making a name for yourself. Upstate is the perfect place to start that process.

    Bang for the buck

    No college tuition is cheap. But I feel like I am getting my money's worth. I enjoy being on campus everyday and I enjoy all of my classes. The atmosphere alone is worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I transferred here from a different university the second semester of my freshman year. I was scared about having to readjust to a new school but I found it to be a lot easier here. The atmosphere is so inviting. I was more comfortable getting more involved on campus and immediately started making new friends. I'm now very involved in several campus activities which has definitely been worth my while.

    Am learning a lot

    College is never easy. But I feel challenged here in such a way that I enjoy. I've learned more at Upstate than I did at the other school I attended. The teachers are always willing to help and are dedicated to student learning. I feel that I will excel in my career due to what I have learned so far at Upstate.

  • 11/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who want to go to a smaller school but that is not too small! It is great for students who want to commute or live on campus. It is great for students who want an intimate setting with their peers and with their professors! This school is great for anyone who wants a great education!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that you make sure that you get involved in some way or another on campus! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! However, don't get so involved that you put your studies aside. I have had many friends who decided to be lazy, not come to class or do the homework because they thought Upstate was just a community school that they could get way with anything and ended up losing their scholarships! If you manage your time well, you will be able to have fun, make friends, keep your grades up and keep your scholarships!

    Bang for the buck

    I received a full ride to Upstate through Teaching Fellows and the Life Scholarship! If you receive the Life scholarship, it will help pay for most of your schooling, which is great! However, the summer school classes are fairly expensive! That is why I am applying for so many scholarships, to help pay for summer school! But all together, Upstate is at a great price for the great education that you will receive! Financially, I am very happy with Upstate and glad that I chose to go here! You will receive just as good of an education and sometimes better than another University in South Carolina, such as North Greenville, Anderson, Clemson, Furman or Wofford but much cheaper!

    Am enjoying being here

    There have been times when Upstate isn't so enjoyable, because it seems like there isn't much to do but if you seek out the groups, you will find lots of groups to join! I am not a part of any groups except one, Teach, but that is because I am involved in many extracurricular activities, outside of school. One thing about Upstate is that it is a commuter school, so it is hard to make it back to all of the nighttime activities and groups that meet. But all in all, I am enjoying myself at Upstate and can not wait to officially become an Alumni! I tell all of my friends that they should consider Upstate as one of their choices, if not the ultimate one because it offers so much! It is not too small but not too big, the professors are great, the activities are great and it is not too far from home!

    Am learning a lot

    Upstate is a school where you are challenged academically. Everyone thinks that because it is located in Spartanburg that it is an easy school but it not. The Professors challenge you in every way possible, from Religion, to World History to Biology. All of the classes are challenging but give such a reward when you receive an A or a B at the end of the semester! I have learned so much at Upstate. If you are a diligent student who is responsible, studies hard and gives it your best, you will definitely succeed at Upstate!

  • 11/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    USC Upstate is a great place for students is you are interested in any type of nursing. they are known because they have the best nursing program in the state of South Carolina.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to make it to every class and do not skip out because it would be your luck that the day you skip out the teacher will have a pop quiz and missing out on that could truly bring you grade down. Try not to procrastinate! that was a major issue of mine. i waited the night before the test to even open the material. trust me that does not do you any good! stay on your teachers good side and make frequent meetings with them, the better they know you the more potential you have to pass the class with at least a B. get involved. there are so many organizations to choose from. remember this isn't high school and the teachers wont just send you outside in the hall. the teacher has the ability to completely withdraw you from their class and never let you come back for the rest of the semester. REMEMBER: YOU ARE PAYIING FOR THIS!

    Bang for the buck

    MAKE SURE YOU APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS! they are out there..yes do do have to do a little extra work to find them but they are out there. no college is cheap if that's the case no one would every take out a loan. don't be upset if you end up having to take out a loan either. but if you do aim for the subsidized loans not the unsubsidized one. sub loans are where the government pays your interest. unsubsidized you are paying crazy interest by the time you get out of school

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it. From their student life center to the student success center everyone is out to help you succeed. They want you to learn. teachers are actually concerned about your performance in the class and they honestly and sincerely want you to do well. they are always available when you need them. the student teacher ratio is awesome. so if you really need that one on one time with your teacher just request it an you will get it.

    Am learning a lot

    i am learning a great amount! Upstate has broadened my insight on college life as a whole. honestly coming straight out of high school i did not have to study a thing.. i quickly realized that college is totally different. i never knew what MLA style was when writing a paper, or what In-text citation was but upstate has taught me all of this.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police patrol very often and there are emergency buttons all over the campus. If there is anything going on around campus that is a threat, a text alert and email are sent out to students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many things that you can do!

    Bang for the buck

    The courses are the same rigor or more difficult than the main USC Campus, so there is no difference. This school is what you make it. It is relatively cheap and has an excellent staff, so you should use that to your advantage.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs and choir. There are many different clubs on campus that you can join. If you don't see one that you like, you can create one. The choir is decent, but not close to being amazing, so if you are a serious singer, I would suggest that you find a community choir. The Wellness Center on campus has many different exercise classes.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Upstate is very good, but the meal plans are a bit expensive. If you live on campus in Magnolia House or Palmetto House, you are required to buy the most expensive meal plan. That meal plan is the only reason that I do not have a full ride.

    Dorm Life

    Walls are thin, so you need to respect people by controlling your volume. Most RAs are respectful, but there are a couple that should never be in charge of other students.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes are said to be very difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't drive freshman year because parking is not that great.

    In three sentences

    Upstate is a small school, so the staff is very dedicated. The dormitories are pretty nice and there are always on-campus activities. Even though we are a small school, you can find something on-campus for you.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Nothing terrible really happens on campus.

    Greek Life

    NPHC is relatively new and blossoming into something bigger. NPH is typical as other campuses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not many clubs worth joining.

    Great for these types of students

    Nursing majors, African Americans and Caucasian, Quiet, Loud, Outgoing

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Talent Show is pretty fun and Homecoming is a blast!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a nice, fairly inexpensive option for people who want a good education but doesn't want to pay an arm and an leg for it.

    What to do for fun

    Party, Drink, Chill, Hang Out and Interact with the opposite sex. nothing to do around Spartanburg really.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafe SUCKS!! Sandella's is very good.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman Magnolia House is wild. Palmetto House is calmer and more study driven. The Villas suck but are the only upperclassmen option on campus if you want more independence outside of the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough Science and Math classes! Fairly easy English, Psychology and Language classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Eat at the cafe on a non-touring day! If you are a Nursing major, be prepared to study. Do not just focus on the partying. This is a very small school so everyone knows everyone's business.

    In three sentences

    Upstate is a small school that is trying to detach itself from the Columbia campus. It is a great school for Nursing majors. If you want a close knit community then Upstate is the right school for you.

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who like small classes and aren't into huge cities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour before you commit.

    Bang for the buck

    For an average to lower college tuiton price, you are getting a good college experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    While it is a small campus, there are a lot of things to do if you look. CAB holds a lot of student functions and there are so many clubs to join.

    Am learning a lot

    Small class sizes. Most teachers are easily accessable outside of class times and are willing to help you.

  • 05/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Study!

    Bang for the buck

    it is pretty pricey but it is a large school that is very noticed for it's academics.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere is great. Housing is very nice, so are the directors. don't worry about getting a room mate you don't like. if you don't get along housing with provide a new room mate.

    Am learning a lot

    Great well-rounded school. There's always someone willing to help you out. There are a few select teachers who are incredibly hard and I personally don't suggest you take. There's many options for teachers and class day/times. upstate is great for traditional and non-traditional students. There's lots of activities and ways to become involved. Tutoring is always available.

  • 11/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Someone who is waiting to burst of their shell, eager to meet new people and ready to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you always attend class. Study hard. One of my professors always said that college is about three things 1. Having fun 2. Doing your work 3. knowing when to do 1 and 2. Try to sit a different table with new people once a week, that will allow you to make new friends. Also, try to join at least one organization that you feel passionate about. And always remember there's no Upstate without U!

    Bang for the buck

    No matter which college or university you decide to go to it's always going to be expensive. Here at Upstate you definitely get more for the money. Not only do you have wonderful dorm rooms, a beautiful campus and wonder people, you also have a lifetime of memories that's waiting to happen.

    Am enjoying being here

    Choosing Upstate is one of the best decisions I could have possibly made. The students are nice and loving. Everyone looks out for each other and helps when someone needs it. Upstate is like a huge family. Most Professors have an open door policy and so does the RA's which helps a lot. There's always something fun happening on campus to help you find yourself and know new people.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only do you learn from your professors, but you learn from your peers as well and they learn from you. You can tell all of the professors have a passion for everything they do, which kind of makes you passionate about the things you do and love. At Upstate you're constantly learning inside and outside the classroom.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 72

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Get involved in some student organizations. Spartanburg itself is a small, boring city, but it can be fun if you are involved in extracurriculars with other similar minded students and young people.

    Food and Dining

    I don't know. I don't ever eat on campus

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived on campus, since I live in Spartanburg. It makes most sense for those who live in the area to commute to class to save money. The dorm life doesn't seem very exciting.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easy and pointless while some are challenging and completely worth your time and money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Transfer students should attend the earliest orientation they are able. You cannot register for your classes until you attend an orientation, and transfer students are the last in line to pick their classes. This can be frustrating, so try to attend orientation as soon as you make up your mind to attend.

    In three sentences

    I was pleasantly surprised by the new Health Education Complex, the building in which I take the majority of my classes. Also, the nursing faculty is very friendly, helpful and welcoming. It's a stark contrast with the professors I've encountered at Spartanburg Community College.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    police and maintenance are on call all the time so no need to fret.

    Greek Life

    some over power the other, the step shows are great so our greek life is a must see and they always have things going on throughout campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    join clubs! impact, cab, etc. they will get you ready to experience more things in later years and help you meet new people.

    Great for these types of students

    who want a challenge , small class sizes, wanting to be apart of it all and know whats going on

    Bang for the buck

    this school maybe a bit pricey but the academics make up for everything.

    What to do for fun

    there is always something going on campus so always mark your calendar. join clubs so you have things to do on the weekend. also have school spirit and delve into something different, it will make things more enjoyable.

    Food and Dining

    cafe food is somewhat good on certain days but there is alot of variety to choose from. on campus dining places are there to use with spartan points so when your on the run to class, you can just stop and pick up something or just get a snack.

    Dorm Life

    make sure to have a contract made up with roommates for an agreement on things. dorm life is great no problems with anything. would advise storage systems to help organize stuff. double room and single rooms are large enough to accommodate everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    the teachers push you hard and what you to be your best. the science classes are strenuous and require alot of time to study. there are plenty of aids and tutoring if you are struggling in certain classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you come in with a leveled head, study, apply for a lot of scholarships. also there will be a lot of parties going on so make sure to be able to balance your time partying with academics or whatever else you are trying to do. also please take university 101!!! <--- best class you will have your whole freshman year!!! =)

    In three sentences

    this college is great if you want small class sizes and is surrounded by plenty places to eat and other colleges. on campus housing is very reliable and affordable. financial aid is a hassle to get in touch with but overall this school is the best!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are real cops that work for the campus and they are constantly patrolling. Giving out tickets or just riding around to get to know you and say a friendly hello

    Greek Life

    There are not a lot of Greek life on campus and they really only make themselves known during the recruiting season and when they are coming out

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for almost everything and they have a day set aside for you to get to know them. They are not too obvious outside of this day but if you are interested and have the patience to look them up then you will find them.

    Great for these types of students

    As long as you know how to gage your time and are CAREFUL of the teachers you pick anyone can do fine here.

    What to do for fun

    There are different games to go to. There are also events that they are always hosting on campus. Plus its not too far from the downtown area.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. They try to appeal to all of the nationalities. The cafeteria is all you can eat once you are in there. They have several meal plans that you can purchase from and the have three other places beside the cafeteria that you can get food from. One is a health food place near the gym the other two are a pizza and sub sandwich place and a place thats similar to Starbucks. Pretty cool

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay. They are respectable during exam week and just like any other college there is a curfew. the toilet has its own room and the shower has its own room and there are two sinks. They also come with a mini fridge. The key to your room is your id unless you live in the upperclassman housing which is apartment style. full kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms with a bathroom in each one.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to attend here make sure that you utilize the site ratemyprofessor.com. A lot of the review on there are true. Plan ahead to teach yourself a lot of stuff because the teachers wont.

    In three sentences

    Good teachers in the education and psychology department, but the school of nursing is the hardest to get into even with good grades and the biology department is the is the worst that I have ever experienced.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    USC Upstate's campus is extremely safe. They have campus security that patrols the campus 24/7, and someone is always by the phone in case of an emergency. Throughout the campus, there are emergency siren stations installed in case you feel as if your about to be attacked, or something happens where you can't reach a phone.

    Greek Life

    There are over 15 different Greek organizations on campus, and they are very active in the student, and Upstate community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 25 different clubs that you can get yourself involved in. Each club is always open to new members, and if there is a club that doesn't exist that you think should, you can always create.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many different things you can do for fun. You can attend most of the events held on campus, and receive free stuff: shirts, mugs, food, etc. Throughout the semester, there are special events held that are extremely fun like October-fest, Spring Fling, Hispanic Cultural Event, ect. If your in the dorms, most of your friends are there in the dorms with you. You can also attend the games held on campus; such as basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining isn't the best, but it isn't the worst either. Depending on the days, they have a pretty good selection. The serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Cafe allows you to voice your opinion in order to know if they should continue, or discontinue something on the menu. For example, one time the Cafe had, what they called, a Meatless Monday; which was exactly what it sounded like, and they only served vegetables, and tofu. After surveying the students opinions, that was the first and last time the Cafe decided to have a Meatless Monday. During exam week at the end of the semester, the Cafe host a midnight breakfast for students which is always awesome. But in all, the Cafe isn't too bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. It doesn't seem like it would be, but as soon as you get there your image of what you expect immediately disappears. There is always something happening in the dorms; so you are never bored. The R.A on your hall makes him/herself known, and are always very friendly. If you don't have a laptop, or don't have a printer it is perfectly fine because there is a computer lab open 24/7 in the basement of the dorms; allowing you to print, or type up any assignment. Dorm life is one of the best things about your freshman year, and if you love dorm life so much you can stay there your sophomore, junior, and even your senior year.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is at a standard position. It's important to try and keep your grades up. However, if you have trouble with doing so, USC Upstate does its best to try and get you back into good academic standards. For example, they provide free tutors for every subject, an open library, open labs, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    My first tip for you is to come as yourself. USC Upstate is a openhearted college community that allows everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin. Everyone is friendly, so its extremely easy to find a place to fit in. My second tip for you is to get to know your professors. The professors here make it their objective to involve themselves with each student; leaving no student behind. For example, the professors at USC Upstate are always the last to leave the classroom because they want to be sure that every student understands what happened in class. My last tip for you would have to be about the dorms. Please make sure you stay in the dorms your freshman year because that is the best way to meet so many new people, and provides you with the first taste of college life. It also helps keep you informed of every event that may take place on campus.

    In three sentences

    I would rate the University of South Carolina an 8.5 out of 10. The professors here, unlike other schools, try to reach out to their students, and keep them involved. Although the school isn't as big as other universities, you still get the full experience of a college life.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 72

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Intramural activities like racquetball

    Food and Dining

    the food is excellent! Come on now! its the South

    In three sentences

    It is one of the best educational institution in the South. It provides special assistance to students in need. Success is guaranteed at the University of South Carolina- Upstate

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I love their safety. I feel like im in good hand when I go to there campus.

    Great for these types of students

    So far I see a lot of people i can relate to on this campus

    What to do for fun

    write music and sing.

    Food and Dining

    I love to eat

    Dorm Life

    I love their dorms on campus, I plan getting one as soon as possible

    Tips for prospective students

    Do everthing early and make sure that you have your school work on time.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very nice and clean. They have a lot hills, but you'll get use to traveling on them them. Their campus has a lot of restaurants on it

  • 06/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    USC Upstate is great for a student who isn't seeking a wild city life style of college, and absolutely perfect for anyone who is legitimately interested in furthering their academic success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join an organization or two and get to know your professors. It truly is the community experience that makes college memories long-lasting. Plus, your professors can be paramount later in life when you're going to require recommendations and praises.

    Bang for the buck

    As any reviewer will tell you, college is not a cheap journey. However, Upstate is remarkably reasonable in their tuition rates and is very much so a bang for the buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    Although I am merely a commuting student, I do enjoy campus live every once in a while and the overall atmosphere is wonderful. Initially, I'd planned to attend Upstate for a year or two and then transfer elsewhere, but I have no doubts that Upstate is my college of choice for graduation.

    Am learning a lot

    USC Upstate professors are knowledgeable and generally willing to help any student in a time of academic strife. The classes are relatively challenging but comparatively, it's not as instructionally renowned as it could be.

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    great selection of clubs and easy process for creating new ones.

    Food and Dining

    great choices, multitude of small restaurant like places to eat around campus, along with normal dining services. a certain amount of spartan bucks comes with each meal plan that can be used at the other eateries around campus.

    Dorm Life

    there are suite style dorms for upper classmen, along with apartments (the villas). freshmen are required to live in the normal dorm layout building with shared floor bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    good academic rigor. they try to challenge the students, not just let them off easily.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early, especially for financial aid, it goes very fast. if you transfer in, learn the different academic policies here and the different expectations.

    In three sentences

    upstate is a good school with strong academic policies. the professors are helpful for the most part. the campus is well cared for and is a tobacco free campus, which means no smoking on campus unless in a vehicle with windows all the way closed.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 72

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe campus with there own campus police.

    Greek Life

    Yes pick one.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life and good clubs and activities for education and nursing students.

    Great for these types of students

    Who want a great education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Hodge Center is a blast at basketball games!

    Bang for the buck

    Great education for the price!

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Greenville is better than Spartanburg, but there are fun things to do within driving distance.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to get food on campus and downtown Spartanburg is right down the street with many restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter

    Academic Rigor

    Do the work and you will pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus to see if you think it is the right fit for you.

    In three sentences

    A good school in the upstate of South Carolina. Good teachers small class size and a good degree to use in the real world.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 72

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of on-campus activities that are really fun and you can meet a lot of people.

    Food and Dining

    The Caf or dining hall has really great food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are new and clean. All RA's are friendly and you can go to them about anything and they will help you.

    Academic Rigor

    They have great academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to have fun while learning.

    In three sentences

    USC-Upstate is a great school. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. The faculty and staff really take pride in doing all they can to help students with anything they need.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Downtown Spartanburg is amazing! We have a fun mall and tons of shopping malls! We are about 15 mins from Gaffney outlets!

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is great! Always clean and great food! There is also a sub place and soups/sandwich and salad place!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are as nice as hotels if not nicer! Very fancy and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor at USCS makes it very easy to get established.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take it lightly college is no easy task. It takes hard work and dedication.

    In three sentences

    At USCS the counselors have been more than helpful. It's a small campus and easy to find your way around! The classes sizes are small which works better for me towards a learning environment.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe when I am at school. They have police cars patrolling constantly and they have emergency call boxes all over the campus.

    Greek Life

    USC Upstate has a diverse selection of Greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    USC Upstate is great for all types of students. Whether you are looking to join Greek life, or a stay and in your dorm all, the school can fit all needs.

    Bang for the buck

    The school's tuition is very much reasonable.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I hang out with my friends when I am done studying.

    Food and Dining

    The food is as mediocre as one would expect from a cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and they include single person rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging to make sure you get the education you are paying for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though it is a smaller college, it doesn't mean it is easy. Work hard at your classes.

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is an enriched school with many diverse courses. They offer a many different majors. Also, they have an awesome faculty.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get the education you pay for!

    What to do for fun

    There aren't really many fun things to do on campus. There is the SpringFest and the Rocktoberfest. And then you have your basketball games to attend to but other than that there's really not much to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't all that great, there are some good days and then there are some bad days. Which I think its that way at just about any school you go to.

    Dorm Life

    They tend to be a little strict on the rules, but for a good cause. Other than that it was a fun experience for me!

    Academic Rigor

    USC Upstate has excellent teachers and they are all very skilled in everything they teach. I can honestly say that I took something away from every class whether I have done poorly or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED!!! CAB and Impact are some pretty good organizations to join. Also, I recommend staying on campus at least the first year or two, it's a good experience to have.

    In three sentences

    Upstate has excellent teachers. Very good school academically, not so much socially. Pretty small schools so it's easy to build relationships with your professors.

  • 04/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a campus police department on campus, which is always patrolling (they also write a lot of parking tickets -- just a tip).

    What to do for fun

    Regarding the school specifically, I cannot answer this because I do not participate in school activities (I'm over 25 with a family). Spartanburg in general, however, has several downtown restaurants; one mall; a couple nearby zoos...it is pretty small, but neighboring Greenville has a lot to do.

    Food and Dining

    I have not eaten in the dining hall myself, but have never heard any complaints.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the many learning resources for students, such as the writing center, the tutoring labs, and the SI programs. Get to know your professors so you are comfortable asking for any needed help.

    In three sentences

    The nursing program is highly rated, but a little bit disorganized. The tuition is reasonable. Most of the professors are challenging, helpful, and want their students to succeed.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out to the mall, or hang out in the basement Sparty's Den.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent sometimes, but most of the time, I don't really want to eat it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice, especially if you can get a single room.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are very challenging. If you can get through the Biology and Chemistry courses, you can get through almost any class.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Friendly and helpful.

    Greek Life

    Exemplary.

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous and mostly student run.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, and students who wish to be involved in clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An arboretum equipped with means by which professors may hold classes outdoors.

    Bang for the buck

    An overall outstanding experience.

    What to do for fun

    Expansive fitness center, various student groups.

    Food and Dining

    Diverse and healthy food choices, even accommodating for a vegetarian like me.

    Dorm Life

    New facilities and a tight community.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, but many resources are readily available for academic assistance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in close contact with the office of admissions.

    In three sentences

    New buildings on a well kept campus. Outstanding faculty and staff that are always eager to help. Very technologically advanced as far as equipment is concerned.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never had any issues, but there would be the occasional Alert text because there was unsafe activities around campus. Never on campus, but on the apartment complexes near campus. On a scale of 1-10 10 being VERY safe, I'd rank the school probably a 6.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of things to join.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love the outdoors.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're coming here as an in-state student, then you'll be saving a lot of money.

    What to do for fun

    I lived in Greenville while I attended school there, so I hung out in Greenville a lot. The school does have a lot of activities you can get involved in. Night life is non-existent. They have bars and stuff, but nothing to get excited about. If you like to do things outdoors, then you'll have a blast. They are all about outdoor activities here.

    Food and Dining

    Food is hit or miss. Sometimes I love it and sometimes the stuff they have is just ehh. If you go anywhere else, but the Caf the food is kind of expensive, but it does taste a little better.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms, but people liked it from what I understand.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of people say that some of the programs here are much harder than that of main campus in Columbia because it is a smaller school and teachers grade harder. Just like any other school though everything will depend on what your major is, who is your professor, and how hard you work. The library lab is open 24 hours (you have to have your student ID card), so you'll always have a place to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    -It's in Spartanburg, SC which there isn't much to do if you're coming from a big city. -If you like the outdoors, then this will be fine for you. -Have a car. They have a bus service that'll take to places off campus, but it's better just to have your own car.

    In three sentences

    It is in a very small town, so if you are not used to a small town, then I would probably go to the main campus in Columbia. Overall, the teachers are great. Also, I thought advising is wonderful, they really do want you to succeed and finish in a timely manner.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is very important to me since I am a younger female. I have noticed that Upstate always has security patrolling the parking lots to ensure no one and nothing is in danger. They have many polls set up around campus for emergencies. They go above and beyond to ensure that everyone, from staff to student, is in a safe environment.

    Greek Life

    Although I have never been interested in Greek Life, I did have two roommates my sophomore year that were in the same sorority. They were super friendly girls and always willing to help anyone they could. They also studied really hard to maintain their great GPA.

    Clubs and Activities

    The only reason I had for rating clubs and activities one star is that I never involved myself in any clubs or activities. I do, however, know there are many great clubs and activities available to all students at USC Upstate!

    Great for these types of students

    USC Upstate is a great school for any student looking for a personal education. The class sizes tend to be smaller and more personal. I love that my professors know me by name. If there is ever a problems they will help me solve it quickly. There are a wide variety of different personalities at USC Upstate. I feel that anyone could quickly fit right in!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I honestly cannot recall any unusual traditions or locations on the campus of USC Upstate.

    Bang for the buck

    Many students are not interested in living on campus at USC Upstate. One of the things I found most fascinating was the options they have for off-campus housing. They have a few apartment style complexes set up in close proximity to the campus. These apartment style complexes are a great way for new students at USC Upstate to meet new friends and network. Most complexes include swimming pools, spas, tanning beds, fitness center, game rooms, laundry, and much more. On the week of exams, the workers at these complexes stand in the parking lot and provide breakfast and snacks for all students taking exams. I found this to be fascinating.

    What to do for fun

    Upstate has many campus activities which students may become involved in. There are many sports games which go on frequently throughout the seasons. Upstate completed construction on a very nice fitness center for students just a few years ago. It is completely free for students and has all amenities that can be found at any local gym. There are many clubs and organizations available to students, as well as, Greek life and religious affiliations. Upstate is a very well rounded school and is a great choice for any students looking for a multicultural, public university.

    Food and Dining

    As with dorm life, I have never experienced food and dining at USC Upstate; therefore, my opinion should be void.

    Dorm Life

    I can only rate dorm life one star out of five. I must be honest, I have never had to experience dorm life; therefore, my opinion should really be void.

    Academic Rigor

    On the scale of one to five for academic rigor, I will have to give USC Upstate four stars. Not that I personally don't think it is rigorous enough, but when compared to schools such as Harvard and Yale, well, there is obviously no comparison. If Upstate were just as rigorous as the Ivy League schools, then one could only assume it would also be an Ivy League school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should keep in mind that USC Upstate has a record of being a tough school and they are not about to back down from that record. Many hours of studying are required each week and intense studying is required for the exams. Although Upstate is tough, students should be proud of that fact and appreciate that Upstate has hired the best of the best to prepare students today for life tomorrow. Being prepared for a solid career in the business world is far more important than receiving an A that wasn't deserving.

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is a very challenging, yet exciting school in many way. The majority of instructors are beyond just knowing the subject they teach; they are instead, living the subject they teach. Having instructors whom really have a deep passion for the subject they are teaching not only leaves the students really excited to learn, but also ensure students graduate with a deep knowledge of the courses which they have studied.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking at this college I'd say you would need to have a good GPA & ACT/SAT scores.

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is a very nice campus. Its a nice size and not outrageously big like the main campus. I feel like I would be known by the professors as a student not just a number.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a gated community with gates around the campus and security scanner outside every dorm hall.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs to join that fits different interests. If you have a new idea for another club, students can petition to bring about a club of their liking.

    What to do for fun

    Other than on campus activities, many students enjoys company from their friends at the mall or in the gym.

    Food and Dining

    If the students doesn't like the food, there are comment cards inside the cafeteria to allow for tough criticism on improving.

    Dorm Life

    The student life on campus is rich and full of activities. Many students intelligently mock how the dorms are located in a gated community. There are securities to ensure safety and opportunities to meet interesting people.

    Academic Rigor

    There are different majors for students to consider in when mapping out their career plan. At USC Upstate, the professors constantly enhance their knowledge on a specific field and introduce the materials to the students. We have demanding courses that requires hours of studying in order to properly prepare for your classes. In addition to that, Upstate has the best nursing program with competitive entry.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to fully gain the experience of college life, you have to join any organization. Many can say that joining clubs is the beginning of meeting people with similar interest. It is important for students to get involved on campus, rather improving the school or cheering on the basketball team to victory.

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is diverse in regards to their faculty and students. The campus is well maintained and policy are enforced to protect it from harm. Finally, there are numerous opportunities for students to get involved on campus.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe, there are emergency stations in sight no matter where one is at on campus. Students have to scan their id card to get into parking lots, Dorm buildings, Dorm room floors, and the students actual door room common area. Plus, students have a physical key for their actual dorm, so if an id card is stolen no one can get into their room and the id cards are floor specific so no one from a different floor can get onto other floors unless there are accompanied by someone.

    Greek Life

    I do not know much about Greek Life on campus, there are several fraternities and sororities but there is not Greek Life housing. Any and all Greek Life members live in regular housing or off campus. It is far from the stereotypical Greek Life painted by Animal House.

    Clubs and Activities

    Basically all of the clubs are student ran, and since most students are planning on transferring the clubs lack motivation and appeal.

    Great for these types of students

    The vast majority of students are transfer students, students who are intending on leaving the school in one or two years. Most of the students transfer to USC's main campus in Columbia. I would suggest attending Upstate for a year or two instead of going strait to the Columbia campus because it will save somewhere around ten or fifteen thousand dollars.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There didn't seem to be any real traditions on campus, the school administration tries to say that students where school colors on Fridays but it rarely happened. There was not a large feeling of school pride on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The school give out a good amount of financial aid in my opinion, all of my roommates and I had received some form of financial aid, three of us were on full rides.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, my roommate and I mainly watched television/movies and played video games. This seemed to be the trend across campus too. Some students played intramural sports for fun too.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is below par unless the school has an organized event involving outside guest, in that case the food is pretty good. There are four other places to buy food on campus besides the cafeteria, a pizza, sub, coffee and flat bread stores. This was a very nice amenity because Upstate gives every student $200 to spend at these stores.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, the housing section I stayed in was built in 2004 so all of the amenities are new. All of the dorms are suite style, but I had a single. So I had my own room but shared a common room and bathroom with four other people.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes where fairly easy for me, a former AP and Honors Classes student. However, the science classes are difficult. I would say the science classes are closer to 4 out of 5 ranking, this is mainly due to the fact that Upstate is mainly a Nursing school.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that one brings items to entertain themselves with, like a tv or video games. It is very easy to become bored on campus and the few school sponsored activities I attended were less than par in my opinion.

    In three sentences

    I would give USC Upstate a 3.5 out of 5. It is a good school, it has nice housing and good teachers, however there are no exceptional qualities about the school. It is in a small town/city, so there are no real activities to do in the area.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe on USC Upstate's campus. There is a police station on campus and several cops patrol 24 hours, 7 days a week. There are also six emergency call boxes across campus that can alert the police at any time of an emergency or crime. Students & faculty are always alerted through text and email of any threats to our safety. The text alerts are convenient because what student doesn't have their phone with them at all times!? So I would easily rate campus safety a 5 out of 5.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at Upstate is really active. The several fraternities and sororities not only throw parties but do a great amount of community service. Sometimes they set up tents on campus giving away different little items and sometimes even food! Our Greek Life represents Upstate in an awesome way!

    Clubs and Activities

    USC Upstate offers more than 80 clubs, boards, and sororities/fraternities. It is definitely easy to find a way to get involved. There is something for everyone. Getting involved on campus not only helps you meet new people but it is great for networking during and after college.

    Great for these types of students

    USC Upstate is great for students who don't exactly want or are ready for a larger size campus but don't want a campus too small. Upstate is right in the middle. Class sizes are usually no more than 30-40 students and the student-to-teacher ratio is 18:1. Any student looking for a larger college experience without the cost and size would definitely be a great match for USC Upstate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One thing I found unusual at Upstate was the painted rock. Every time the Campus Activity Board wants to announce or promote an event they paint the detail on this huge rock. When a new event rolls around they paint over the old event & this happens about 4 times a year.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other colleges, USC Upstate's tuition is reasonable. Considering all of the free amenities, activities and inclusive dining options, it all balances out.

    What to do for fun

    There is almost always something to do on campus. The Student Life committee plans social and education programming throughout the year at Upstate. Every week, multiple times a week, they host live music, comedians, movie nights, dances & parties diversity lectures. During basketball and baseball season there are home games which are a lot of fun and prizes or t-shirts are almost always given away!

    Food and Dining

    I have heard so many horror stories about college dining halls & there horrible food on campus. USC Upstate is not one of those schools. The main dining hall is always buffet style. There are 7 different stations available everyday: made to order, the grill, deli, salad bar, pizza bar, hometown station, and dessert bar. In addition there is also a waffle & cereal station available all day. Along with the main dining hall there are 5 other on campus dining choices: Power Blendz, Sandella's, Sub Connection, Pete's Arena and Jazzman's. Each offer different options such as protein shakes, flatbread sandwiches, subs, pizza and coffee/pastry items. All of the on-campus dining options can be used with the meal plan, which is a really good value!

    Dorm Life

    Living in on campus dorms is a great experience. You meet so many new people and make friends from different places. Both of the dorms, Magnolia & Palmetto Houses, are co-educational. Single and double occupancy is available & the rooms are suite style with 4 people each. This means that each suite has its own bathroom and living room area (which comes with a microwave and fridge!). They offer many amenities to students who stay in the dorms. Some of those include free laundry on every floor, study rooms, computer labs and in-house tutoring. The residence halls are always kept clean. To access the building and each floor/hall your student I.D. is required, so I always felt safe.

    Academic Rigor

    Smaller classes is one of the best perks of USC Upstate. Some classes may be more difficult or easier than others. Because of the small class sizes individualized help is always available. There is also an Academic Support Center on campus. They specialize in finding tutors, study groups and creating a success plan just for you. So if you ever find that the classes are too much to handle, there is always someone there to help

    Tips for prospective students

    Although the campus is smaller than most, the walking distance between classes, dining, and residential halls are spaced out. Being that USC Upstate is in Spartanburg, the upstate of South Carolina, there are lots of rolling hills and steep inclines. I suggest that you plan your class schedule in a way in which you minimize your walking time and distance, possibly by grouping your classes together. I also suggest that you wear comfortable shoes when possible.

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is a beautiful smaller campus with a lot to offer. Class sizes are small, which is great because teachers are always willing to help. There is always lots to do and explore.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They really go out of their way! there is always a police officer around to help with anything from locked keys to directions.

    Greek Life

    AMAZING i am a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraterninty Inc! and the other divine nine are here as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    Phi Beta Sigma Fraterninty Inc. (i am apart of) the rest don't matter...but we do have them. And if you have a great club or activity you wont to start up bring it to the council and begin!

    Great for these types of students

    any student who like a cozy atmosphere but with big capabilities who wants a great experience and education

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    BBQ with the chancellor is a great way to meet the head of our school as well as a annual freestyle rapping contest that happens every semester and talent show that gives students a chance to show there skills and god given gifts.

    Bang for the buck

    USC Upstate is fairly well especially for the low tuition rates compared to other schools in the area. it is a nice alternative for a transfer student like myself who wanted the college experience without the huge college where its hard to mingle and know everybody.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous service projects and activities going on on a daily basis and with movie theatres close by and the main mall only 5 minutes away with a built in movie theatre and restaurant there's always something to get into. There are also numerous clubs downtown which i Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys the social life.

    Food and Dining

    The Cafeteria is by far the best place at the school. The buffet style is great and I'm really cool with the chef there he's Greek alumni as well. Pizza Burgers and a salad bar and breakfast station is always available.

    Dorm Life

    I am actually at campus based apartments but have heard that a lot of great activities (parties) go on at the Dorms or TREE HOUSES as well like to call them. (magnolia house=Mag house or the Palmetto House)

    Academic Rigor

    Upstate communication program is full of former faculty who spent years in the field from news broadcaster to movie directors. It is a lot of work but it is very interactive and hands on so its almost like you're not working at all. There are numerous on site opportunities like internship and even working for a tv station on campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the Greeks (which i am) they have a world of knowledge about how to really enjoy college life. and stay awake in class, and get to know your teacher!!!

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is a small school with big activities. USC Upstate Greek life is amazing. Upstate's Cafeteria is amazing

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Spartanburg, South Carolina provides many opportunities for its residents to have fun in general. There is no way you can not find anything fun to do around here.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing, especially breakfast and soul food Wednesdays!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms rooms are beautiful. Very spacious, you are even able to get your own dorm room to your self!

    Academic Rigor

    USC-Upstate is not a completely rigorous school but it is not an easy fly by school either. Study, study, study!

    Tips for prospective students

    The advice and tips I have for prospective students is to go to class first and foremost. Even if you are late, still go to class. Professors of course take into consideration that you are late but they also look at the fact that you actually came to class instead of just saying oh I'm already late might as well not go. Start reading your material ahead of time. You are going to go over the material in class so if you have already read it, you will be able to participate in more of the in class discussions on the material instead of just sitting there lost. Plus you will get more participation points by just engaging in the discussions. Ask questions. Never be afraid to ask about things that do not make sense to you. Never party during the week when you have classes the next day. Work hard now, play harder later.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina Upstate at first glance is a absolutely beautiful, breath taking sight to see. The administration works with you and helps you achieve your dream degree. I recommend this university to anyone who does not want to go to a huge school where they only know you by a number.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    USC Upstate is probably one of the saftest campuses in the country. There is a 24/7 campous secrutiy on staff just to ensure the safty. Also, all around campus there are telephones that connect directly to a campus police operator. These telephones help ensure that hep is always near by. On top of all of that, the campus police are more than happy to walk a student to their dorm or car.

    Greek Life

    From what I have heard, Greek life on campus is a easy way to meet life long friends. The Greek life ensures group study time so that no Greek member is failing a class. There are currently 11 different sororities on campus so there is a sorority for anyone wishing to be a part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Although I have not had the chance to join a club or activitey yet, I have heard from current students that the clubs are all fun and intersting.

    Great for these types of students

    USC Upstate is great for any type of student. The amount of activities and organizations that a student and join is quite numerous, so any type of student would feel welcome and accepted.

    Bang for the buck

    Not only is USC Upstate cheaper than most 4 year colleges they also allow its students to many activites for free. The entire Wellness Center, that is only 3 years old, is completly free! Thats right students can work out and get in shape for free. Also, all of the games in the game room are free as well. On top of all of that, Upstate doesnt charge anything for its students to do laundry!

    What to do for fun

    Although I have not yet started school at USC Upstate yet, from what I did during my Freshman Orientation I can tell you that Sparty's lounge to the top hangout there. The juniors and seniors that were there said that the lounge is always packed with students. I can also tell you that many students mess around in the pool at night (like by water basketball).

    Food and Dining

    USC Upstate's food and dinning is pretty good. Although it taste as good as a home cooked meal, it rates right up there with a home cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    USC Upstate's dorm life is better than most other colleges in the country. Upstate allows their students to choose whether or not they want to share a room or have their own room to themselves. Upstate also allows its students to choose their own roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Although I have not taken any of USC Upstate's classes yet, their merits and awards speak for themselves. The University has received many difficult and hard to come by awards that most university's spend years trying to get. On top of all of their awards many juniors and seniors say that the classes are challenging but interesting and fun to be in.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise future students to look for financial aid prior to getting accepted to the university. I would also advise them to live on campus because of all the activities that are available to the students. Lastly I would advise future students to have their time management skills down before going to college.

    In three sentences

    I personally would rate USC Upstate a 10 out of 10. USC Upstate offers a variety of activities for all of its students. The University also offers a spacious dorm rooms and a many opportunities to get to know your classmates.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always helpful when i have had car troubles, (battery dying)

    Bang for the buck

    Very reasonably priced, for instate students. I found it i am receiving the USC education for a fraction of the price.

    Food and Dining

    once again, i havent really ate on campus due to living off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not exactly sure how dorm living is, ive never lived on campus, but i have been in the buildings and they are very nice, and a short walk from the buildings.

    In three sentences

    I LOVE IT! All the buildings are close together, has a great gym, and is a very beautiful campus. Has wonderful teachers and excellent academics.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is definitely important that our students are safe and protect them from harm or danger.

    Greek Life

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Delta Zelta Sorority Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Kappa Sigma Fraternity Omega Psi Fraternity There are various kinds of greek life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Government Assoication Baptist Collegiate Ministries Alpha and Greek Fraternities Campus Activities Board Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) College Democrats at Upstate College Republicans at Upstate Collegiate Women of the Upstate Fellowship of Christian Athletes Gospel Choir Ignite Impact Service and Community Group International Club Jazz Ensemble Literary Club Marketing Club Math Club Psychology Club ROTC club Science club Student Nursing Organizations

    Great for these types of students

    It is for students that truly love being around other people and having fun at the same time. It is for students who are willing to learn in the classroom and outside of the classroom.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rocktoberfest: With a festival atmosphere, complete with carnival rides, food, and awesome live music. It gives you an opportunity to party like a rockstar.

    Bang for the buck

    USC Upstate is definitely affordable compare to other colleges. Make sure you take advantage of all the scholarships and grants that are avaliable.

    What to do for fun

    Activities scheduled on campus especially Homecoming, baseball games, and basketball games Join clubs and organizations on campus because there is always something to be done in the community Dorms students: there are always fun activities going on in the Student Center especially the first day of school they give out drinks, snacks, agendas, and posters about what is happening throughout the school year and the semester Wellness Center: Exercise, aerobics, basketball, football, soccer, exercising equipment (cardio and weightlifting) Student Center: a place to hangout and have fun, do homework, share life with friends, view the web and socialize

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, but the meal plan is very expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    USC Upstate has a great variety of teaching methods such as real-life scanerios, lectures, experiments, and actually being involved with the major you are in by going to a place of employment and asking questions about how things work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get financial aid and admission done early because it takes time for it to process. Register early for classes because you do not want to be left out of a class that is needed for your major. Discuss with your academic advisor about your classes and how they are instructed. Enjoy yourself on campus and have fun with 1,000s of extracirricular activities and clubs to join. Be involved on campus and be a great example by getting involved in your local community. Meet and greet people. Get to know them.

    In three sentences

    Great teaching and they let you go over and beyond your learning by putting you as the student in real life situations especially in the business field. It is a friendly environment where you can meet other students and faculty that will show you around and tell you what the school is all about. It is a clean, smoke free campus.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    They have many activities that bring out alot of people so your never bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your very organize and planned.

    In three sentences

    The university is very spacious and big. The students their are very helpful and considerate to others. I like the school from my visit their.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    I love USCU, its a very challenging school. The teachers are always willing to help you. I enjoy the communications program a lot.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs in downtown spartanburg, along with good restraunts. Downtown Greenville is beautiful and great for shopping! The school's gym also offers many fun classes such as Zumba and Yoga.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, i would say to stay on track with your studies, save the fun for the weekends! A planner and callender help tremendously with assignment due dates. Also stay on a healthy diet, freshman 15 is no joke!

    In three sentences

    Upstate has been a great experience for me so far, both education and social involvements. The professors strive to help you succeed and they provide great tutoring options. The campus is beautiful and i would reccommend it to anyone.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is the most safe campus I have ever been on. There is always a police officer near by just in case you have trouble. They have friendly, but are very tough.

    Greek Life

    There isn't too much greek life on campus, but when the greeks have things they are always enjoyable.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for every single person on campus. The activities are really fun and they often have free food.

    Great for these types of students

    The basketball games have activities during half-time where people who like attention can really show- off.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When I would get tired of being around my roommates a nice place to go relax is the library. I would choose a place on the second level of the library and do all my studying.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is very beautiful towards in end of the day. Around 7pm, its a really nice time to take a walk through the campus with an significant other. The campus feels safe and there is always a police/ security car riding through the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Most of the time me and my friends would have movie nights. We would invite a lot of people over and have pizza parties and watch movies. On the weekend, there was often a party that I sometimes would attend. The basketball games are often enjoyable as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is always good on Wednesdays. On Fridays the food is usually not that good. The weekend food usually taste like reheated food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very fun when you meet a nice group of people. The rooms would usually be very cold and there was no way for us to turn the thermostat up. During my first two years, there was always an alarn going off that caused problems.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't find the courses to be that rigor. Most of my courses have been enjoyable to attend. I have learned a lot in all my courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise prospective students to join clubs and be active throughout the campus. If you have trouble with a class, do not wait til the last minute to get help. Try to use the library because it can be very helpful.

    In three sentences

    The environment is very nice. There is a very diverse group of students that attend the university. The campus is very beautiful.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of intramural sports to do as well as many clubs you will never be bored on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The places to eat on campus are awesome between jazzmans cafe and the cafeteria your food is awesome plus there are other small shops that you can eat at around campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is awesome everyone is very friendly and it is easy to make friends you will love it.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics aren't the hardest but there is a lot of work that professors will assign. Also if your going into nursing or education you will need to keep a higher gpa making it a little bit tougher.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on coming here make sure you take a visit to look at the campus. Also if you plan on playing sports Try to meet your coaches before the season starts.

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is a great school with a lot to do around campus from clubs to division 1 sports teams. You will always have something to do and the professors are all very good. I would recommend this school to anyone not just South Carolina residents.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    To be honest, not a whole lot. I am not originally from this area so I have a hard time finding things to do. That could be due to the fact that I don't live in the dorms and I am only at school long enought to go to class and leave.

    Food and Dining

    Can't say, I eat at home and I am generally not there long enough to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Can't say, I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am going on my fourth semester here, the first two semesters I took 15 credit hours and the last semester I took 12 and I have had no problems with any classes or the course load. The 12 credit hour semester I am some personal things come up otherwise I would have taken 15.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you school sporting events and things of that nature are one of the things what want to experience during college, this is probably not the school for you. Decent school for the money though. This is the first and only college I have attended and so far I have not came across too many teachers that are bad apples. Don't be afraid to speak your mind during class and ask questions! You are after all, PAYING to be there unlike high school. Just try and think your question through and word it in a semi-intelligent manner.

    In three sentences

    Overall, a fairly decent school. No major sports teams to get the student body energized like bigger schools. Fairly easy to get around, especially for new students.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many effects on campus for students to do.There is something to do for everyone from different backgrounds. Thursday night bowling and parties downtown spartanburg are pretty fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is okay,not the best. The subconnection and cafe are my favorite places to eat.The cafe has good food on certain days, just make sure you check the menu online before you go

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great for me I stay in the villas on campus. My apartment has a full bathroom,kitchen, and living room. I have a 3 other roommates that are great.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your schloarships and grants early, this is a small school and its first come first serve.

    In three sentences

    USC is a diverse school full of friendly people.The staff is very helpful and warm welcoming.Small classes a great professors.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In place and always available!

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs to choose from!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The large Spartan statue on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    USC Upstate is an awesome school and I would invite anyone who's not sure which college to attend, place them on your list to visit.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of activities on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! You can eat until you pop!!

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    Do your work and read your syllabus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors!

    In three sentences

    The college campus is not to large where one could get lost. There is a comfortable atmosphere. The faculty are approachable.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Upstate has its own registered police men and women on campus 24/7. There are emergency booths situated all over campus, and we have safety rooms to go to if an emergency arises.

    Greek Life

    I'm not much into Greek life, but I do know that Upstate has many Fraternities and Sororities. There is a no hazing policy for both Fraternities and Sororities, and all groups are nonracial (any ethnic group can join), regardless of the group's ethnic origin.

    Clubs and Activities

    We do not have as many events as the bigger universities do, but when we do have an on campus event, there is always a huge turnout. Just recently we had a talent show, and the area was so packed we could not allow any other people to enter the theatre.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are an environmentalist or a person who appreciates a good talk with friends as well as peaceful time to yourself, this is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Upstate has a Peace Park on campus. It is a very beautiful area with a creek connected to a small pond with wooden bridges and statues created by Upstate students.

    Bang for the buck

    USC Upstate currently is one of the most affordable colleges in South Carolina. Tuition is around $13,000 a year (impressive, isn't it?).

    Food and Dining

    Upstate has a great cafeteria with a variety of foods to choose from. If you ever get tired of The Caf, you can try out our three other restaurants on campus: Jazzman's Cafe, Subway connections and Sandella's, all of witch have a great food variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great for the most part. The people here realize how valuable education is, and do not clown around like they would at most bigger universities. Upstate also takes out the time to match up students by not only their major but their likes and overall interests.

    Academic Rigor

    Upstate has teachers that care about your education and will work with you in order to help you pass the course. There are tutors on campus that have taken the coursed that they tutor, and will gladly help you out with any problems that you may have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Class sizes are small, so you can better understand and relate to your teacher. You can also better relate to your classmates, which is very helpful when it comes to making study groups. Just remember: like with all colleges, Upstate is much different than High school. You will be using a lot more of your time studying than you ever had in college. But as long as you keep the material fresh in your head by studying daily, you should do fine.

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is the perfect place for people who love the country or just love nature. It is also a place known for easily making new friends. If you like a calm environment where your education comes first, Upstate is the best choice for you.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone and anyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Some things are really overpriced, but for the education in general, its priced really well!

    What to do for fun

    Athletic games, bible studies, and movie nights.

    Food and Dining

    It really depends on what day it is. Sometimes it is wonderful and on other days its horrible.

    Dorm Life

    I love living on campus, I've made so many friends and love the feeling of being on my own.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are tough. It motivates you to do better though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for challenges, manage your time, live on campus.

    In three sentences

    Upstate is a beautiful campus. The teachers are helpful and enjoy their job. I love it here!

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    So many clubs to choose from, so little time. Also, there's always something happening in Spartanburg.

    Food and Dining

    Well, there is a lot of health food so I would not say it is entirely appealing. However, there are restaurants on campus that serve delicious pizza and tacos. I normally stop at the coffee shop on campus.

    Dorm Life

    It is okay, though not really favorable. It is cheaper to live off of campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Integrity and honor should always be adhered to. Being able to face the challenges presented in academia is a must. Generally, never give up.

    Tips for prospective students

    In regards to college, I would say to always know when things are due. Also, I don't recommend skipping classes, especially when flu season comes around.

    In three sentences

    This university is great in that it is diverse. The teachers are more than willing to help out and there are so many clubs offered here. It is incredibly easy to become part of the campus and step out of your shell if you happen to be in one.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    visiting the fountain in front of the old administration building at the front of campus with friends is kind of tradition

    What to do for fun

    You have to find your own fun around here. Make friends, attend CAB sponsored events, visit events in the CLC, hit the Health & Education complex for a workout class.

    Food and Dining

    I was't a big fan of on campus foods until I moved off campus. I love Sandella's panini's & Jazzmen's Cafe for a quick pick-up during the day.

    Dorm Life

    Can be entertaining, but it was too sheltered for me. I do think it's something every Upstate student should experience though, to get to know the campus & other students.

    Academic Rigor

    Your a college student, so its in your hands. Course load depends on the professor & your work ethic. I can't really recall a professor reaching out after I have missed an assignment or a few days of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your an incoming freshman or will be living on campus bring your walking shoes. The hill from the dorms to actual campus is pretty steep & all the steps from the Health Complex to the upper quad aren't much better. Definently get to know your professors & people in your major, because from my experience I have ended up with many of the same mates & professors each semester.

    In three sentences

    This is a great University with a beautiful campus. They try to keep campus life vibrant, even though as students we aren't always into the programs. Great range of classes, and you will come across some real gems as far as professors go & some rocks, but I believe it's that way on any campus.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will always see a campus police car, everywhere.

    Greek Life

    There are so many greeks here, its hard to pick one.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are good. It's all about helping and giving back to the community.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to make something of themselves at a low cost.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We call it the First 48. Which is the first 48 days of school there is always a fun activity to do everyday. Like laser tag, paint party, pajama party, etc.

    What to do for fun

    There is all types of things like, trips, alternate breaks, parties, and fun clubs to join

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. They like to try new things and sometimes, they try to hard.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are huge! Big living room, big rooms, big bathrooms, what more can you ask for?

    Academic Rigor

    All the professors are most certainly qualified. They all want to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    The dorms are suite style and huge. If you're a science major don't freak out about the information being thrown to you, just study everyday and you'll be fine. Get involved and meet a lot of new people to make your college experience fun.

    In three sentences

    USC-Upstate is a great medium-sized school to attend. I would rate it a 3.5. The professors here are great people to work and succeed with.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of groups and activities here on campus

    Dorm Life

    Didn't live on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay on top of your classes and read.

    In three sentences

    I like USC Upstate. It is smaller than the Columbia campus and classes are small enough for equal teacher attention. The only thing I could complain about is the registration for classes.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always there whenever you need them, very friendly too!

    Greek Life

    Alphas, Deltas, Ques, Zetas, SGRhos

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Life, Upstate Live, Campus Life and a lot more!

    Great for these types of students

    Who want to go to a medium sized school. Its not too big and its not too small.

    What to do for fun

    Get active! Campus Life is always setting up events. There a lot of ways to be apart of the activities going on around campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    College is what you make of it. If you slack off, you will receive slack grades. If you work hard, you efforts will show. If you choose to sit around and not do anything you will be bored, and if you choose to be active and go to events you'll have a great college experience!

    In three sentences

    The class sizes are decent, so every teacher can focus on the needs of each student. Teachers will set up meetings on your schedule if you need extra help in a subject. The school does it's best to educate you in whatever field you are trying to pursue.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to on campus events and go to local clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and get to know the professors.

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is a school with the class sizes that accommodate everyday regular kids. The professors all try their best in helping students and that is a plus. Also the dean cares about the students greatly and that says a lot about the school also.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. There are always cops protroling and there are emergency buttons everywhere.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is fun, and not as expensive as other schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have a ton of clubs, but most of the activities are boring and don't get a huge crowd.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for a student who wants to go to a small school and doesn't have a car. Everything is in walking distance.

    What to do for fun

    I am on a athletic team so I don't get to do many things. When I do have time I go play in the gym, or go to the events held by the campus.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining room is nice and small. They always have the same thing, and don't have many healthy options. It gets old after awhile.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice and clean. They come with all the things you need minus a TV. You only share your bathroom with your roomates which is nice. The only reason why I didn't give them a 5 was because the snack machines don't have any health snacks or something we can have if we miss dinner.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are mostly nice, and care about their students without babying them. The classes are challenging but in a good way.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students looking to come here, the school is small. The dining area is good but nothing spectacular. There is also not much to do in Spartanburg. If you aren't going to join a team or club, then I would think about another school.

    In three sentences

    This is college is a small nit community. There is always something do to between the clubs and sport games. The dorms and dining hall are nice.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I attend the events that are on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great.

    Dorm Life

    It is fun living on campus. It gives you the chance to interact with everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to study, but the professors do everything to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Upstate with an open mind and ready for the start to a new beginning.

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is a great school. They have a beautiful campus. They also have a great staff that is willing to do all they can to help students to succeed.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police do a great job at patrolling around the campus and keeping everything safe as they can.

    Greek Life

    A lot of fraternitys and sororities. It's fun if that is your thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There really aren't any unusual traditions. Always fun to see what event is coming up next.

    What to do for fun

    They have monthly rock out's where there is free food and live bands. There are intermueral sports to get involved in. A lot of orginizations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply in a timely manor Stay on campus at least your freshman year Get involved with activities on campus Meet a lot of people Stay on top of your work and you will do fine!

    In three sentences

    University of South Carolina Upstate is a wonderful school to get a college education. It is not too big nor too small and has plenty of opportunities for every type of student. USC Upstate also has plenty of degrees to choose from.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there is a lot of activities they have set up for students to get involved in

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is ok but the side places are great

    Dorm Life

    housing here is not really helpful

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here are great and are helpful

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    i dont know yet ill find out when i get there!

    Food and Dining

    GOOD !!!

    Dorm Life

    GREAT ! i applied for a single dorm

    Academic Rigor

    I love the nursing program!

    Tips for prospective students

    SCHOLARSHIPS !! apply apply apply

    In three sentences

    I picked Uptate as a school to attend because i love the campus! Its not too big or small. Tons of cool people !

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are events throughout the school year that are really fun!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a pre-med biology major and the courses here are challenging. The school is not well known for its science programs but it should be!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors and past students.

    In three sentences

    Varying degrees of difficulty depending on your major. The campus is large enough to feel like a university but not overwhelmingly so. Great place to meet friends.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of campus police around to give lots of parking tickets! Most of these officers are also students so the interaction with the students is there.

    Greek Life

    and these!

    Clubs and Activities

    We have got plenty of those!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who prefer a school that is not too small but not too large, Commuters are also drawn to this school, and Athletes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are plenty of streams running through the campus. There is also a beautiful trail system located right on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    This place can be a little bit pricey if you live out of state. However, what school isn't. In-state tuition and room and board are over $4,000 a semester (over $8,000 together). Out of state is double this rate.

    What to do for fun

    Since there is not much to do in Spartanburg, most students like to spend their time in the lively town of Greenville, SC.

    Food and Dining

    Upstate has five main places to eat. There is the buffet style cafeteria, and three on campus restaurants and a coffee shop that close at five everyday (Jazzman's, Wholly Habanero, and Sub Connection) except for one restaurant that closes at 10pm (Sandella's).

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at upstate are fairly knew and are a great size for incoming freshman. These dorms offer both double and single rooms. There are also the on campus apartments called the villas. These are for the upper classmen that want a more fulfilled on campus living. The villas are complete with a kitchen and a shower in each bedroom. The single and double options are also available for these rooms as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are pretty straight forward. You either work to get the grade or you don't.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to become involved with student life. Don't be afraid to step out of your dorm room and meet people. Student athletes should do the same.

    In three sentences

    This school is they perfect size or anyone who is intimidated by larger schools. This school has beautiful landscaping and plenty of room for students to stretch in and out of the classroom. Students will be able to succeed with smaller classrooms where professors know your name and personalities.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will constantly see security officers. All the parking lots are lighted. There are emergency call booths located throughout campus.

    Greek Life

    Pi Kappa Phi Sigma Alpha Epsilon Delta Zeta Phi Mu Zeta Tau Alpha Alpha Phi Alpha Delta Sigma Theta Omega Psi Psi Phi Beta Sigma Zeta Phi Beta

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of free activities!!! Greek Life Recreation Sports Zumba, Yoga, Aerobics International Club FCA etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Greek Life Athletes Book Worms Coffee Drinkers Fitness Freaks

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of festivals and events on campus throughout the year. You will receive an endless amount of free t-shirts and other things on campus. That's one thing our school is known for and I learned during orientation and open house. I actually received free stuff there. There are honestly too many traditions to list. Location wise, our gym is one of the best ones I have ever seen. The indoor track and different classes are a big hit.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, it is a good school. I went so long hating it, but now that I've found my niche, I like it like I did in the beginning. The tuition is a lot cheaper than what my friends are paying at other universities. Definitely worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends. There are a lot of on campus events to meet people. Go study in the library. It sounds lame, but it is fun and you actually see people you know. There are clubs to go to for college night. Spartanburg isn't far from Greenville, where there are a lot of concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Some meals were great, some not. There are amazing options at this school. There are on campus restaurants where you can get food. There is a coffee shop, sub place, Mexican food, and a healthy vegetarian friendly place as well. The cafeteria does offer some good meals as well. Thursday is commuter day, so commuters can dine for like three bucks!

    Dorm Life

    I had the best time living in the dorms. I was in the Palmetto House. They are a little strict, but with good reason. Also, do not room with friends. It never works out. You might think you and your best friend will be perfectly fine, but do not, I repeat do not take that chance. The whole point of college is learning to be on your own and independent. Don't risk your friendship because you want to stay in your comfort zone of friendship.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the major. Some teachers seem as though they get frustrated when you are struggling and asking for help. Once you find a teacher that is willing to help you succeed, go to that teacher for guidance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your options open. Do not go into this school thinking you will not make mistakes, like choosing the wrong major for you. It's all a learning process. Also, don't make decisions based of the right now moment. Don't try to be popular and in everything going on at school. STAY STUDYING!!! It will be worth it, trust me.

    In three sentences

    At first, I love the school, but quickly grew to hate it. I was in the wrong degree for myself, which made me regret ever attending the school. Now that I have changed my degree, I have found amazing teachers, students sharing my interest, and I love it.

  • 06/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe; you're in the middle of no where really so there's nothing to worry about.

    Greek Life

    Pretty much non-existent. You can join one but they aren't that out and about.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a creek here. Don't be surprised if you see a student sitting in the middle of it on one of the rocks sleeping, studying, or reading. It's not unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    Its cheap either way instate and out-of-state is low.

    What to do for fun

    Gym, swim, get involved (club it up), go downtown, make friends.

    Food and Dining

    Bring food to stash. The dinning hall food is only good like 2-3 times every week. Don't starve; living on pizza and french fries is not a meal.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms compared to other colleges is pretty big and nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are pretty decent. If you're a Bio major please don't come in thinking you're in high school Bio. You aren't and the Biology class here is difficult. Nursing Majors also need to realize it isn't high school. Really any science be it social or an actual science is difficult. (People usually drop before they have a chance to fail)

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with any and every club that interest you. It's not the most exciting school so getting involved will save you.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    At Upstate, I was able to have the full college experiance while being less than an hour way from home. I definitly enjoyed everything Upstate has to offer from academics, to athletics, to other campus wide events.

    What to do for fun

    There's a great gym open that I loved to go work out at or just hang out with friends and kind of joke around. Also, there's just about ALWAYS some sort of sponsored school event that goes on weekly, I'm not sure of one full week that went by without some organization having some sort of fun event. Just have to look at the postings in the elevators, cafe or hallways!

    Food and Dining

    There was always a great variety of food available in the cafe, and there was always fun things going on!!

    Dorm Life

    I roomed with my best friend my first semester on campus, so I am a little biased as far as the overall experiance is, because we didn't end up with strangers as roomates. However, the overall experiance of living in the dorm was good. The rooms were spacious enough for all of our things (we had a lot), and there was enough space in the living area to invite friends over pretty easily. The walk to campus wasn't that bad and its very well lit if you have to walk at night.

    Academic Rigor

    All of my instructors at Upstate have been very helpful and I could tell that they cared about my sucess as a student. In my 4 semesters, I have always had good instructors that I felt as though I could speak to about any problems I was facing in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Handle ALL financial aid information months before the semester begins, and be sure to verify that all your (and your parents) information is accurate and available at all times. The financial aid office is extreamly busy in the begining of the semester so it's very difficult to get a lot done at the last minute.

  • 10/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of police officers around and many ways to contact them.

    Greek Life

    I know a lot of people in fraternities or sororities and they all seem to enjoy it, although I don't know much about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not involved in any, but from what I understand there are a lot of different things to get in to on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to learn and can deal with a lot at once.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I know of...

    Bang for the buck

    It's not overly expensive to go here and they do pay for a lot of events, but it still is a decent amount of money and loans are not very fun.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs or go for walks around campus. There are also a lot a school-sponsored events just for students.

    Food and Dining

    Very good selection of food and a great dining hall. My only problem is the lines at busy times. They are ridiculous.

    Dorm Life

    You get matched with random people you do not have anything in common with and the rooms can feel like cells.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty difficult so far, but nothing overly difficult if you pay attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    On-campus living is not very good. Try your best to stay out of the dorms, I was thrown in with three random people and I wound up moving out. Also, do not procrastinate, as some teachers do not accept late work at all. Read your syllabus!

    In three sentences

    USC Upstate is not a bad school at all. The classes are not too bad and the staff is very friendly. My only problem is the housing, or, rather, the lack of anything in common with my roommates.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is nice but very costly for students not living on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms but I heard they are fairly nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to buy your books from other sources.

    In three sentences

    This is a really great University. The professors, staff, and students are amazing and very friendly. There are many great clubs to join as well.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Depends on the time of day. I wouldn't walk around the campus at night

    Greek Life

    not involved

    Clubs and Activities

    There are TONS to join

    Great for these types of students

    want to stay close to home. like small classes. independent students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    affordable to me

    What to do for fun

    CAB holds a lot of events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty gross.

    Dorm Life

    Would recommend it for your first year, but it isn't very affordable.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but do-able

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect it to be anything like high school.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina Upstate is a great, friendly environment. The academia is challenging. The staff is concerned for their students.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe in this campus. I can walk around campus alone without any worries of anything happening to me.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to be apart of at Upstate. There are even many intermural sports that students can join.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for any person. However, this college has a great nursing school so those who wish to be a nurse would feel very welcome here.

    Bang for the buck

    Living on campus can be pretty expensive, and the meal plan is definitely not what I thought it would be for the money that was spent on it. Many things could be improved for what students are paying to be able to attend this college.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do for fun. Not too far from the dorms, there is a building that contains places for multiple activities like volleyball, basketball, racquetball, swimming, and even room for students to workout. The campus is very beautiful, so some might just enjoy walking around the campus. There is a place for students to get together in one of the dorms where there is a ping pong table, televisions, computers, and a movie room. Every now and then, Upstate has musical guests that put on shows and there are occasional movie nights where students can enjoy their favorite movies out on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Upstate is not bad, but I believe that it could be much better. While it might taste good, it is not the best for you. There are other places to get food on campus other than the cafeteria, but it is still not the best. I highly encourage you to eat healthy by eating fruits and vegetables whenever you can and stay fit.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. My roommates are very friendly and I am lucky to have them. We are all majoring in the same thing, so studying and connecting is very easy. The dorm rooms are very nice and other people in the dorm are pretty friendly. And if you don't get along with your roommates, housing makes it easier to switch into a room that is more comfortable for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be hard at USC Upstate, only if you don't work your hardest. Not studying and cutting classes can make your college experience much harder. The rigor of academics depends solely on the type of course you take. Taking harder classes will challenge your mind and that will make you more knowledgeable. If a class is too hard, before dropping out, talk to your professor or talk with other classmates about forming a study group.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard; classes will be challenging and it will do you well to study hard for each class. Learning new things and getting good grades are very important and are necessary for a successful future. Stay healthy; walking around a campus can be tiring and the food isn't always good for you. So staying fit and eating fruits and vegetables will be very beneficial to you in the long run. Make friends; being alone in college is not good. Having classmates to study with will make classes much easier and having friends to talk to will help you get through stressful times.

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina: Upstate is a great place to learn. The environment is very positive and teachers encourage students to put their full effort into their classes. The relationship between professors and students is professional, but those teachers make students feel comfortable and not pressured while learning in class.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Incredibly safe! Well lit, patrolled 24/7, open areas all around.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty good. The most affordable place in the upstate if you want to earn a bachelor's degree.

    What to do for fun

    Spartanburg is obviously the closest place to the campus, and has a mall and other various places for hanging out with friends and such. Greenville, while a bit further away, is definitely the preferred nightlife scene for college aged people to congregate.

    Food and Dining

    Very diverse, the student building has a large cafeteria and other students always have food and drink from the places on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly cannot speak to this, as it's very small and few people decide to live on campus, but from afar, the buildings look nice and well-maintained and for the price, I expect you get a premium in housing services.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors expect a certain standard from their students. And while yes, it does vary from professor to professor, a fair level of rigor is expected from all students. The expectations are clear and set forth, and if one is prepared to follow all instructions, you'll likely receive a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to look for parking before class if you don't arrive early enough. Not very people do live on campus, be prepared to be in the minority if you choose this option.

    In three sentences

    Rigorous academic courses set in the idyllic Blue Ridge Mountains are the highlight of the experience at USC Upstate. The teachers are as open to learning as the students are, and while there are many students enrolled at the college, it still feels relatively small. Affordable commuter or on campus option to earning a bachelor's degree in the upstate region of South Carolina.

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I know somebody who got a ticket from campus police for not stopping at a campus intersection. Safety here is that emphasized upon.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love the IMPACT and the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) clubs. They are very helpful for the community, and they always look great on resumes.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of cultural and community events and parties to attend.

    Food and Dining

    The food is awesome. I love the mexican food served on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are perfectly located with great views on the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It is perfect for any kind of student. There is a lot of emphasis put on help to students in difficulties.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very pushful on financial aid because the might forget to process your information. You can also ask for unclaimed financial aid awards after financial aid deadlines.

    In three sentences

    This college is awesome, especially for someone like me who is an immigrant. It is affordable. I has a lot of interesting study abroad opportunities.

  • 05/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are many locations for emergency alarms throughout campus. There are also multiple campus police 24/7. And the campus is pretty open so if anything suspicious were to happen it would be seen by someone.

    Greek Life

    Although there are no Fraternity or sorority houses on campus, there are still lots of sorority and fraternities you can join and stay active in!

    Clubs and Activities

    As I've stated before, there are lots of clubs and activities at USC Upstate. There is always something going on around campus to keep students active and to get them involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters Active and energetic Motivated

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is beautiful and continues to grow daily! Not much is unusual about it but absolutely gorgeous.

    Bang for the buck

    The schools is fairly cheaper than other universities in Spartanburg. It is well accredited also. I'd say if you're looking for a degree in a program that USC- Upstate offers and not looking to go into 6 digits of debt, come here.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on around campus! From very large, wild, and crazy paint parties to local fundraisers and charity work to build that resume. They also have intramural sports that you can attend also. Many clubs like zumba and chess. There is also a pool and gym for those looking to build those muscles and stay healthy!

    Food and Dining

    Great food! Many different choices throughout campus! They even have a healthy foods vendor outside of the on campus gym!

    Dorm Life

    Theres not much special about dorm life.. If you do decide to stay in a dorm it is mostly new freshman looking for a good time.

    Academic Rigor

    Personally I've had ups and downs about the academics at Upstate. Most of the courses are rarely easy but some of the teachers make it harder than the course work actually is. I would advise you to go to ratemyprofessor.com and look at the reviews on each professor. Please be advised that lots of the reviews are form students that are angry. So only pay attention to the professors with many reviews before making your decision.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're an athlete great for you. You have first dibs on classes! The semester only gets harder so don't think you can slack just because the first few weeks may seem easy! Don't worry if you are undecided on your major! You have around two years of General Education course before you have to pursue a major. Join clubs. Make friends. Interact with people. You never know what opportunities may arise!

    In three sentences

    The University of South Carolina- Upstate is a wonderful school for commuters to attend, because of the amount of parking. You will never find yourself rushing to class dangerously, because there will be an open parking spot right in front of your classroom building! This school also offers a wide variety of majors spanning from The Mary Black School of Nursing all the way to the Downtown Spartanburg George Dean Johnson School of Business.

  • 07/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus police is always around. They have blue buttons on almost every corner. The police are able to text you when there is an emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are great. You are able to see every club around campus and it is perfect if you want to make friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Upstate is pretty cheap at least to me. I pay about 8,000 something a semester which is much compared to other colleges and thats including room and board, fees, credit hours etc.

    What to do for fun

    Upstate has alot of events for the students. CAB hosts most of them but they are really fun. Not only that but many people go clubbing or to the movies or even to the mall.

    Food and Dining

    The food isnt all that great but it has its moments. The best time to eat lunch is on Wednesday thats when they do fried chicken, macaroni and cheese etc. Their breakfast is always great. Make sure you try the omelettes. Upstate has a variety of places to eat. Jasmines which is basically like starbucks, Subconnection which is like subway, wholly habernos which is mexican food and sandellas they are all very good but Sandellas is the only one that is open at night.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty great. They are spacious and have couches and microwaves and a refrigerator. It all depends on where you live. Last year I lived in Magnolia House which is a great dorm what messes up the dorms is the people that live there but other than that its great.

    Academic Rigor

    Upstate is very tough on academics. Make sure that you do great. They have a variety of different course that you can take and then even offer tutoring for most subjects. The have SI which is basically tutoring by someone who has passed the class that you are taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a whole lot of walking in order to get around campus. Make sure to have a ride because the post office is not on campus. Also cafeteria food isnt all that it is cracked up to be they basically serve the same food but the school has many resturants around campus but the main one open at night is Sandellas also the best day to eat lunch is on wednesdays. Also make sure not to slack off during the school year you dont want to do that because then it is tough to pull back up at the end of the year. Make sure to check out all your teachers on ratemyprofessor.com in order to see what you are getting into trust me it saved my butt plenty. Dont worry about trying to make alot of friends that will come naturally. Also make sure to talk to your teachers and advisors, they are people too and it can help you in long run.

    In three sentences

    The school is really nice, everyone is very friendly and they try to help you. The environment is very relazing and the campus is fairly large. Upstate is a great place to make friends and have a great college experience.