Spartanburg Methodist College

Private Methodist college in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States

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Spartanburg Methodist College
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Former names
Textile Industrial Institute
Spartanburg Junior College
MottoDeus Providet
TypePrivate college
Established1911; 112 years ago (1911)
Religious affiliation
United Methodist Church
Endowment$22.2 million (2020)[1]
PresidentWilliam Scott Cochran
Academic staff
Saxon (Spartanburg address)
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United States
Campusmetropolitan, 110-acre (45 ha) campus

Spartanburg Methodist College is a private Methodist college in Saxon, South Carolina, with a Spartanburg postal address.[2] The college serves approximately 1,000 students (2020-2021 academic year). The college awards six associate degrees, a customizable bachelor's degree with six concentrations, a bachelor's degree in business administration, and nine 100% online associate and bachelor's degree programs.

Accreditation and affiliations

Spartanburg Methodist College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and with the South Carolina Annual Conference.


SMC offers six associate degrees, a customizable bachelor's degree with six concentrations, a bachelor's degree in business administration, and nine 100% online associate and bachelor's degree programs.

All bachelor's degrees include what SMC calls "The Camak Core." The Camak Core, named for SMC's founder, David English Camak, is a required 6 courses – or 18 hours of degree credit – of professional development (soft skills and experiences for personal and career success). The Camak Core makes up one-third of student's total bachelor's degree hours.


The college is a Division I member of Region X of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Region X includes colleges in the Carolinas, West Virginia, and Virginia. SMC offers 14 intercollegiate athletic programs which include Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Softball, Volleyball (indoor and beach), Baseball and Wrestling. The college's athletic teams have won numerous regional, divisional, and national titles.

The men's soccer team won the 1994 NJCAA national championship. Several other teams have made appearances in their respective NJCAA (JUCO) Division I national tournaments in recent years — most recently women's golf (three individual Top 50 finishes, 2011), men's tennis (26th-place finish, 2010), wrestling (29th-place finish, 2010), men's cross country (2nd place, 2012), women's cross country (16th place, 2009), men's and women's half marathon (3rd place, 2012) and volleyball (16th-place finish, 2009).

Temporary Services led by All American Coach/Quarterback Christian Sessions and All American Left Guard/Defensive End.

The women's soccer team played USC Upstate in an exhibition on 22 August 2021 in an exhibition, a match they lost 11-0.[3][4]

Notable alumni

Alumni of the college include professional baseball players Orlando Hudson,[5] Reggie Sanders,[6] Dwight Smith,[7] Sebastián Velásquez.[8] The first graduating class of the college include SC Governor and Senator Olin D. Johnston. Bodybuilder Lee Haney attended the school.[9]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Saxon CDP, SC" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
    Compare to: "Zoning Map" (PDF). City of Spartanburg. Retrieved 2021-07-05. (shows the university is not in the Spartanburg city limits)
    See following address: 1000 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301
  3. ^ "Women's Soccer Pushes Winning Streak to Three Behind a Pair of Hat Tricks". University of South Carolina - Upstate. Retrieved 2021-08-23.
  4. ^ "USC Upstate vs. Spartanburg Methodist College box score" (PDF). University of South Carolina - Upstate. Retrieved 2021-08-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Orlando Hudson Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Reggie Sanders Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  7. ^ "Dwight Smith Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  8. ^ "Sebastián Velásquez". Real Salt Lake. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  9. ^ "Lee Haney Pro Bodybuilding Profile". 12 October 2015.

External links

Coordinates: 34°57′13″N 81°58′16″W / 34.9535067°N 81.9712091°W / 34.9535067; -81.9712091

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