Turn two years into a lifetime of leadership.
At SMC, we believe in liberal arts education. Classes are purposefully small and are taught by professors who genuinely care. Our academic environment supports discussion and critical thinking in all areas of study and, most importantly, across disciplines. We believe that the intent of a liberal arts curriculum is to build careers, not just jobs. We teach students to learn, to communicate, and to be problem solvers. We also believe that civic responsibility and service to others is a cornerstone of a liberal arts education. SMC students are equipped not only with the skills to do well in professional careers, but also to contribute positively to the communities in which they live.
Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC) is one of the few colleges in the South devoted exclusively to the freshmen and sophomore years of college. In fact, we are the only independent residential two-year college in South Carolina and one of the few colleges of this type in the Southeast. This distinction makes us unique, and because we are unique, we take our mission seriously and keep the students' best interest in the forefront of our planning. Since we focus directly on these two years of education, naturally we do a great job of academically preparing our students to move on to their junior and senior years of college. Classes are small and individual student attention from our faculty is plentiful. Your success is our success, so you can rest assured that help is as near as the classroom in which you attend classes.
For many, it is the extraordinarily high acceptance rate of our graduates at major universities. At SMC, our associate degree programs are so strong that more than 90% of our graduates continue their education at some of the nation's finest universities and colleges. Our liberal arts curriculum and structured articulation agreements ensure a smooth transfer of credits.
Deliberately limited enrollment
In your first two important years of college, you can be in classes with a deliberately limited enrollment. You will not have to compete with juniors and seniors for faculty time or leadership opportunities from intercollegiate athletics to student government. SMC doesn't just encourage leadership, we expect it.
Our typical class size is around eighteen students, compared to the large and impersonal freshman and sophomore classes you'll find at many universities. At SMC, you'll be known by your name, not your student ID number.
This is the time of your life like no other.
The next few years will undoubtedly be some of the most exciting and challenging in your life. College is a time of exploring new horizons and setting your course for the future. We'll do all we can to see you succeed. We understand this truly is the time of your life, and we'll help you make the most of it socially and educationally.