About SMC

About SMC

Welcome to Spartanburg Methodist College!

We’re glad you’re here.

Since 1911, Spartanburg Methodist College has led the way in innovation in higher education. Early in our history, we launched the first cooperative education program in the country, and today we are South Carolina’s only two-year, independent, residential college. We care deeply about our students and their dreams and we are dedicated to creating a robust learning environment for everyone.

Small class sizes and a talented faculty and staff enable our students to excel in the classroom and pave the way for trouble-free transfer to senior institutions or immediate entry into the job market. Opportunities for extra-curricular activities that engage students’ diverse talents and interests are readily available. Whether we are a final destination or a crossroads of transfer, we prepare students well for what lies ahead.

With a faculty and staff who care intensely about our students’ success, SMC is committed to making dreams come true. Our close knit community is there at every turn to provide support so students can flourish. And because we concentrate our efforts and resources only on freshmen and sophomores, students are able to take advantage of leadership opportunities the moment they step on campus.

Our 110-acre, beautifully wooded campus located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is friendly and welcoming. We are a strong, close-knit community with openness – to people, ideas, and differences. At the center of it all are our people who are dedicated to creating a robust educational environment where students can learn and grow to be the best version of themselves that they can be. Our campus ministry program offers students the opportunity to celebrate their faith through our campus worship services, activities, and service opportunities.  In addition, numerous organizations provide opportunities for students to get involved and serve others.

As you browse through our website, you will find information about the people, programs and events that make our college so special. But to truly experience the beauty of our campus and our people, you need to see it for yourself. We can’t wait to meet you.

Scott Cochran
President


About President Scott Cochran

Scott Cochran became the eighth President of Spartanburg Methodist College on November 16, 2015.

Before leading the college, President Cochran spent nearly 30 years in executive roles in business and higher education and draws upon those experiences for a monthly business column published by the Spartanburg Herald Journal.

President Cochran holds an economics degree from Wofford College and an MBA from Duke University. His business experience includes senior positions in the United States and internationally with GMAC, UPS Capital and most recently, Performance Solutions by Milliken, a unit of Milliken & Company. He served Wofford College for seven years as founder and Dean of The Space, Wofford’s professional development program. During his time at Wofford, he also taught courses in finance.

President Cochran is a Liberty Fellow and serves on the boards of Ballet Spartanburg, Globalbike and United Way of the Piedmont. He is married to Teresa Cochran. The couple has six children, all of whom live in the Upstate area.