- The purpose of Spartanburg Methodist College, a two-year, coeducational institution related to the United Methodist Church, is to develop the worth and abilities of each individual through programs relevant to academic and personal needs. The College strives for a values-oriented atmosphere in the Christian tradition in which students can develop a sensitivity to the needs of others and from which they can assume responsible positions in society.
- Enrollment: 1,051 students
- Private-state tuition: $15,930
- Acceptance Rate: 83%
- Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
- Minority enrollment: 44%
- Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
- Degrees offered include the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Criminal Justice, and Associate in Religious Studies. The college also offers a Paralegal Certification Program. Spartanburg Methodist College 14 intercollegiate athletic teams that participate in the National Junior College Athletic Association's Region X. The seven men's sports include tennis, golf, wrestling, baseball, basketball, soccer, and cross country; the seven women's teams include tennis, golf, volleyball, softball, basketball, soccer, and cross country. SMC also offers a Dance Squad and a Cheerleading Squad. The academic program offers students the option of transferring to a four-year college or university for continued study or entering a career after graduation. The curriculum ranges from the basic liberal arts and transfer program to preparation for immediate entry into the job market through career track options. The College offers a wide variety of students the opportunity of higher education by providing a competent and dedicated faculty, financial assistance, work-study positions, and special support programs to meet their needs. Spartanburg Methodist College was founded as Textile Industrial Institute in 1911 by Dr. David English Camak, a visionary Methodist minister. At its founding as a work-study cooperative, TII served young adults working in area textile mills by offering high school level courses in preparation for advanced education or employment. In 1927, the first two years of college-level work were added to the curriculum to provide graduates with an associate degree in liberal arts for transfer to senior level colleges. The continued close relationship between TII and local business and industry led to the development of associate degrees that prepared students for immediate employment. In 1940, the high school classes were dropped from the TII curriculum. In 1942, Textile Industrial Institute became Spartanburg Junior College and for the next twenty-five years focused its efforts on providing associate degrees designed for transfer into a wide variety of bachelor degree programs. Beginning in 1965, the College began a cycle of growth during which over three-fourths of the present campus buildings were erected or renovated, the curriculum was broadened and strengthened, student enrollment doubled and new expertise was added through faculty growth and development. In 1974, Spartanburg Junior College became Spartanburg Methodist College. Spartanburg Methodist College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate Degrees. The University Senate of the United Methodist Church also accredits the College.
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