University of South Carolina
Union
TypePublic satellite campus
Established1965
Parent institution
University of South Carolina System
DeanRandy Lowell, PhD
Academic staff
18 full time[1]
Undergraduates1098
Location, ,
United States

34°43′1″N 81°37′14″W / 34.71694°N 81.62056°W / 34.71694; -81.62056
CampusUrban, 7 acres (2.8 ha)
ColorsGarnet and black
NicknameBantams
Sporting affiliations
NJCAA
Websiteuscunion.sc.edu

The University of South Carolina Union (USC Union) is a satellite campus of the University of South Carolina (USC) in Union, South Carolina. It has a branch campus in Laurens, South Carolina.[2] It is a part of the University of South Carolina System and one of the four regional USC campuses which make up Palmetto College. USC Union is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and awards associate degrees in both art and science. USC Union is also able to offer the USC Aiken Bachelor of Science in Nursing through a partnership with USC Aiken, allowing students to complete all four years of study at either the Union or Laurens campus.[3]

History

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In the 1960s, the citizens of Union formed the Union County Commission for Higher Education to attract a college to their area. The University of South Carolina sought to expand its reach throughout the state and agreed to build an extension campus in Union. Classes began at the campus in 1965 with an initial enrollment of 51 students.

Athletics

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USC Union's athletics department, USC Union Bantam Athletics (or simply Bantam Athletics), is home to a variety of competitive sports teams including men's soccer and baseball as well as women's volleyball and softball, all of which compete at the junior college level. Bantam Athletics also has a rifle team, a bass fishing team, and e-sports gaming which compete at the club level.[4]

Clubs and Organizations

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USC Union has a number of student organizations:[5]

Festivals

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USC Union hosts two annual festivals.

Upcountry Literary Festival

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Created and directed by Randall Ivey, the Upcountry Literary Festival allows poets, musicians, storytellers, playwrights, essayists, and short-story writers the opportunity to gather and share their works. It was held virtually in 2021.[6][7]

Latin American Film Festival

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The Latin American Film Festival is held in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.[8]

See also

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References

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  1. ^ "Faculty and Staff Directory". Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  2. ^ "USC Union - USC Union | University of South Carolina". www.sc.edu. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
  3. ^ "Degree Programs - USC Union | University of South Carolina". www.sc.edu. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
  4. ^ "Athletics - USC Union | University of South Carolina". www.sc.edu. Retrieved 2022-01-17.
  5. ^ "Clubs and Organizations - USC Union | University of South Carolina". www.sc.edu. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
  6. ^ "Upcountry Literary Festival - USC Union | University of South Carolina". www.sc.edu. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
  7. ^ "The USCU Literary Festival". USCU Lit Fest. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
  8. ^ "Latin American Film Festival - USC Union | University of South Carolina". www.sc.edu. Retrieved 2022-01-16.
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