The University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) was founded in 1961, and its first classes were taught in an historic mansion located in downtown Aiken. The campus was accredited to award associate degrees in 1968 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In the 1970s, USCA moved to a new campus with a new classroom and administrative building; a dedicated library; and a student activities center with a bookstore, food services, and a gymnasium.
In 1977, USCA became a fully accredited senior college and began awarding baccalaureate degrees. Today, the campus is home to over 3,000 students and features comprehensive facilities for students and the community, including the Etherredge Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, the Academy for Lifelong Learning, a Sciences Building, a Children’s Center, and a Business and Education Building.
USCA can claim a number of notable achievements, including being ranked among the Top Three Public Baccalaureate Colleges in the South in the “America’s Best Colleges” guide by U.S. News & World Report.