USC Upstate Spartans Logo

USC Upstate Spartans Logo
In spite of its seeming simplicity, the USC Upstate Spartans logo is recognizable and unique. The design is dominated by a large italicized “U” in green. At the forefront, the word “Upstate” can be seen. It has a modern feel, which can be partly explained by the unusual letter “p.”

Meaning and history

USC Upstate Spartans Logo history


The previous two logotypes, which were introduced in 2003 and 2009, alluded to the Spartan theme. Both depicted the side view of a Spartan helmet decorated with the black-and-white hackle. The two logos looked almost identical, yet the older one had several black shades, which were removed from the newer logo.