U.S. News and World Report Recognized USC Upstate for Academic Excellence, Veterans Affairs and Diversity

September 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm

U.S. News and World Report released its undergraduate rankings publication this week and the University of South Carolina Upstate continues to be recognized for its academic excellence, pledge to veterans and commitment to diversity.

The newest rankings in U.S. News and World Report’s popular annual publication clearly demonstrates the vital role as a major regional partner for Spartanburg and the entire Upstate played by USC Upstate, which contributes an annual economic impact in excess of $500 million.

USC Upstate maintained its rankings as No. 2 Top Public Regional Colleges in the South and No. 4 for Best College in the South for Veterans. Additionally, USC Upstate’s tied for No. 11 in Ethnic and Racial Diversity among Regional Colleges in the South.

“The University’s 40+ bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and teacher education, and master’s degrees in education, informatics, and nursing continue to attract a diverse and dynamic community of approximately 6,000 students from 26 states and 17 countries,” said Dr. Clif Flynn, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “USC Upstate graduates earn degrees that help students to transition easily to careers in the Upstate region. USC Upstate is committed to fulfilling regional and state workforce needs and thus the University is a major engine of social and economic development.”

Continuing to be ranked in the top five schools for the Best College in the South for Veterans is further testament to USC Upstate providing outstanding service to the country’s veterans and their dependents. USC Upstate, named a Military Friendly Campus earlier this year, has experienced a 31 percent increase in veterans and a 50 percent in dependents who have graduated from USC Upstate since the May 2014.

More than 30 percent of the student enrollment is minority, which reflects the University’s long-standing commitment to diversity, and that is reflective of the Upstate region.

“Institutional credibility is as surely dependent upon this diversity as it is upon our academic reputation,” said Dr. Warren Carson, chief diversity officer. “USC Upstate’s commitment to diversity spans across all aspects of this University and we have been successful in recruiting faculty members who are diverse, which leads to a strong educational experience for our students.”

Chancellor Brendan B. Kelly said that USC Upstate boasts the highest percentage of graduates who continue to live and work in South Carolina among peer institutions in the state, and the vast majority of the nearly 30,000 alumni live and work in the Upstate. He credits the Upstate region of South Carolina, which has a growing industry and economic opportunity, with being the main reason USC Upstate graduates choose to remain in the area.

“We want to make certain that USC Upstate is positioned to provide access to higher education for those that will have their lives and trajectories positively changed by it,” said Kelly. “Equipping more of our citizens with the intellectual tools and career relevant experiential learning necessary to be successful in a 21st century economy and world is our charge.”