Academic Catalog

Student Services


Our campus bookstore has everything you can imagine from books to clothing to your favorite USC Upstate mug, T-shirt or notepad.

For more than 50 years, the USC Upstate bookstore has provided students with convenient, hassle-free shopping. Located in the middle of campus activity in the Health Education Complex and easily accessible online, the Bookstore provides required course materials, general reading and reference books, a complete selection of stationery products, art supplies, and a wide variety of University clothing and souvenirs.  Please visit them on the web at

Identification Cards

USC Upstate provides identification cards for all students. Your ID Card will be commonly referred to as your CarolinaCard.  Each student will be provided with their first CarolinaCard at no cost, but each additional card will cost $35.  Your CarolinaCard will be produced by University Police and cards are automatically activated each semester when fees are paid.  During a student's tenure at USC Upstate, the initial card is a valid one.  Your CarolinaCard will serve multiple functions from checking out books in the library, gaining entry into events on campus, and swiping it to pay for your meals in all our dining locations.  You can even add CarolinaCash to your CarolinaCard to purchase books and merchandise in the bookstore and buy snacks and drinks in the vending machines.

Dining Services

Food services management operations are contracted through Sodexo Campus Services. The Office of Dining Services administrative office is located on the first floor of the Sansbury Campus Life Center, adjacent to the cafeteria.  Residential students are required to purchase a meal plan for anytime access and all-you-can-eat meals in the cafeteria, with equivalencies at any of our other venues. For non-resident students, a variety of food choices are available and may be purchased with cash, a declining-balance plan, or with one of our other cost-saving commuter meal plans. A minimum $55 meal plan is required for all non-residential students. A valid University ID is required for all meal plans or declining-balance purchases. In addition to the cafeteria, other venues include Boar's Head Deli, located in the Health Education Complex, Perk UP! located in the library and, Hissho Sushi and World of Wings located on the ground level of the Horace C. Smith Science Building.  

A full-range of catering services is available for campus events, including those sponsored by the community. The Office of Dining Services offers employment opportunities for students, with flexible hours, free meals and good pay.

Intercollegiate Athletics

USC Upstate has a broad-based intercollegiate athletic program for men and women. USC Upstate teams compete in NCAA Division I Big South Conference. The University fields 15 varsity teams — basketball, soccer, track and field, golf, and cross country for men and women; baseball for men; and softball, volleyball, cheerleading and dance for women.