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I was fortunate.Computer Science
I was fortunate. I went here before education got so expensive. For me it was great value. And a great life-experience.

It is true that I am still blue collar, but that is due to my personal decisions and no fault of the school. I was almost 40 by the time I got my degree and well established in a good paying Union job. So for me my education was almost entirely for personal improvement. However, I have a four-year computer science degree that at the time of my graduation actually had some market value (unlike my BJU degree). After graduation I made the (perhaps foolish) decision to not walk away from a blue collar job that paid 80k+ a year to start over again at the bottom in a corporate I.T. job.

At the time I was there the Computer Science department was having issues due to the shortage of qualified professors. It was almost entirely taught by mathematics professors who were in over their heads in computer programming. One spoke very poor english. One had poor classroom skills. Two had only rudimentary skills in C++.

But whatever the issues past and present, these local State schools are a remarkable opportunity for working class kids to improve themselves. It can be a ladder into the middle class. Unfortunately, there is a grey lining to that cloud. The costs for students has exploded, even as academic rigor has fallen -- and there is a dearth of vocational training, a falling of off high school academic standards, and an explosion of easy university degrees. But I digress.

If you are looking for a college with a huge campus, high enrollment, and party-town location were you can party hearty for a couple of years before dropping out and getting a job in your father's tire shop, this is not the school for you. This school is best suited for those looking to work hard and to seriously attempt improving themselves. There is a lot of opportunity here to soft fail or to outright fail -- and to fail without even having a good in-your-20's party experience. If your looking for a good party, there are cheaper and better ways to do it.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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USC Upstate may not be the largest university,Quite BrightSchool of Information
USC Upstate may not be the largest university, but it offers the chance for one to move forward in life. The informatics department has been fantastic, and most of its professors are knowledgable. USC Upstaet may not have the greatest social experience, but it's okay. Every department offers different chances at employment, as with any school. Overall, USC Upstate offers a decent experience.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2015
Education Quality: A, Innovation: D
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Coming here was like a breath of freshSuper BrilliantComputer Science
Coming here was like a breath of fresh air compared to the last school I attended. The faculty and staff are friendly, really approachable, and very helpful. The social life does feel a bit like high school because it's such a small campus. I can't very well deny that it tends to get a bit cliquish sometimes. However, since you tend to run into the same people over and over again, you normally have multiple chances at getting somewhat involved in any given clique. People sometimes gripe about there being nothing to do in Spartanburg, but there is if you look around a bit. I very much appreciate that when I hear "Academics come first here," I actually believe it.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2008
Individual Value: A+, Scholastic Success: B-
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