Spartanburg Methodist College is a private, two-year institution of higher learning, or junior college, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It is the only independent, regionally-accredited, residential two-year college in South Carolina.
As a junior college, SMC gives students the opportunity to focus on their freshman and sophomore years of college in order to prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university. SMC offers a liberal arts curriculum designed to help prepare students for this transition.
Spartanburg Methodist College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and with the South Carolina Annual Conference. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.
Full-time students: 756 (95%)
Male/Female Ratio: 52% / 48%
Racial composition: Caucasian 60% / African-American 35% / Other minorities 5%
On-campus residents vs. commuter students: 73% / 27%
Spartanburg Methodist College serves students from every part of South Carolina. In fall 2007, 43 of the state’s 46 counties are represented in the student body, In addition, students from 12 states (other than SC) and three foreign countries are enrolled. Fifty non‐SC resident students account for 6.5 percent of the student body.
SMC offers three degree programs: Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Criminal Justice. It also offers a Paralegal Certification Program.
The college is a Division I member of Region X of the National Junior College Athletic Association. 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, 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)national tournaments in recent years -- baseball placing 3rd in 2007; and softball placing 5th, along with wrestling and men's tennis both placing 22nd, in 2008.
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.
Since its founding, the College has been affiliated with the mission work of the United Methodist Church and its forebear, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The relationship between the College and the church has continued across the years through the General Board of Global Ministries and the Board of Global Ministries of the South Carolina Annual Conference. The College’s name attests to the pride the institution’s trustees, faculty, staff, and student body take in working and studying at a college based on the traditional values of the church and the United States of America.
Today, Spartanburg Methodist College serves a highly diverse student body from several states of the United States as well as from several different nations of the world. The College seeks to meet the educational needs of its student body by enabling each student to meet the challenges of a technologically based future. Spartanburg Methodist College offers a variety of educational programs to meet the needs of the traditional college student and of the non-traditional working adult. The current athletics director is Mark Perdue.