USC Upstate Prepared to Welcome Class of 2026

August 12, 2022 at 3:44 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate will welcome one of the most talented and diverse freshman classes in its history when the Fall 2022 semester begins on Thursday, Aug. 18.

“We are expecting more than 700 new ambitious freshmen who are scholars, athletes, and leaders who will have a positive impact on campus,” said Donette Stewart, vice chancellor for enrollment services and director of admissions for USC Upstate. “These students represent almost every county in South Carolina and 17 other states and countries. We have awarded almost $5 million in scholarships and financial aid to this freshman class.”

USC Upstate’s Class of 2026 is approximately 70 percent female and 60 percent non-white. A few other interesting facts about the makeup of this class include:

  • Nine high school valedictorians
  • Average SAT score of 1020
  • 3.9 Average GPA
  • The most popular major is Nursing followed by Biology and Exercise Science
  • Almost half are from the Upstate
  • The top three high schools represented are Dorman, Boiling Springs, and Byrnes
  • 90 Spartanburg Promise Scholars
  • 30 South Carolina Promise Scholars
  • 69 Upstate Scholars  

“We are delighted to welcome these new Spartans and look forward to the energy and enthusiasm they will bring as we start this new academic year,” said USC Upstate Chancellor Bennie L. Harris, Ph.D. “These talented and diverse students have shown tremendous resiliency and a commitment to excellence in the classroom and beyond. I have no doubt they will enrich our campus community and accomplish great things during the next four years.”

USC Upstate will again host its annual “Big Green Welcome” from August 13-26. This event includes a full lineup of activities to greet freshman and first-year transfer students and help make their first few weeks at the university memorable. For more information, please visit