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University of South Carolina-Aiken

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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.


USCA offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of subject areas, broken up into five academic divisions: The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, The School of Business Administration, the School of Education, the College of Sciences, and the School of Nursing. Through these, students can choose among 35 academic majors and programs.

USCA also offers three graduate degrees: the M.Ed. in Elementary Education, the M.Ed. in Educational Technology, and the M.S. in Applied Physical Psychology. Additional programs are available through the USC Extended Graduate Campus program. In 2009-10, USC Aiken served 67 graduate students.

Continuing Education

USCA has a thriving continuing education and community outreach program that includes initiatives for youth, seniors, and the workplace. Summer camps and youth development programs help students start their educational careers early, while the Academy for Lifelong Learning and the SeniorNet programs help senior citizens stay mentally active and involved. USCA also offers specialized on-the-job training for local businesses as well as professional development programs.

Honors Program

The honors program at USCA was established in 1991 and has been expanding ever since. Honors students have the opportunity to learn as part of a unique, concentrated group of highly-motivated peers. They may participate in special honors courses, which must make up at least 20 percent of their academic program. Honors students also participate in three globally-themed honors seminars and a senior-year capstone project. Any incoming freshman with SAT scores above 2100 or ACT scores above 24 may apply by acquiring two letters of recommendation from high school teachers in addition to a recent writing sample.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Equestrian Opportunities program at USCA is designed to help students interested in equestrian careers continue pursuing their passion while earning a four-year degree. Nearby farms and riding facilities are home to the many student groups and programs that allow USCA students to continue working with horses while at college. Student opportunities include the Equestrian Club and the Riding Team. Students majoring in Business Administration can also choose to participate in the business school’s equine internship program, a specially-designed opportunity that lets students get hands-on experience in the horse industry.


Students at USCA are privy to a vibrant and diverse campus life with opportunities in the arts, the sciences, community service, and more. USCA hosts scholars from 30 states and 24 countries. Students can participate in the more than 100 clubs and organizations on campus, including academic organizations, social groups, political groups, Greek organizations, performance ensembles, and student government. Journalistically-oriented students can also contribute to Broken Ink or Pacer Times, two on-campus media outlets for student news and writing. If you still can’t find an activity that matches your fancy, it’s easy to start a new student organization.

Beyond general and social organizations, students can also enjoy life on campus by participating in one-time events, volunteering, or simply enjoying student amenities. On-campus facilities and partnerships give students access to the Etherredge event center, which hosts concerts and performances year-round; the Conference Center, which hosts small group meetings and seminars; and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and DuPont Planetarium, which gives students the opportunity to study astronomy, attend planetarium showings, and participate in science and mathematics in an engaged, hands-on way.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


USCA is an NCAA Division II school with varsity teams in basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, cross country, volleyball, and more. The Pacers participate in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference, through which USCA competes against schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. USCA won its conference basketball and dance team competitions in 2009-2010, and its golf team won the Division II National Championship three years in a row in 2004 through 2006.

For more casual athletes, the campus offers a variety of on-campus athletic and training centers that are open for team use. A tennis complex, soccer and softball stadiums, golf course, and cross country course make it convenient and easy for student groups and intramural teams to book practices. The Convocation Center is home to official games and events, with dedicated space for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball locker rooms.

The Wellness Center has opportunities for every student to stay active and fit. Open to anyone with a USCA ID card, the Wellness Center offers facilities like a natatorium; an aerobics studio; and a fitness area with cardiovascular equipment, weight equipment, and a walking track. Group fitness classes like yoga, pilates, and zumba are taught on a weekly schedule by student instructors. Students also have the opportunity to participate in wellness programs and off-campus activities sponsored through this center.


The faculty as USC are drawn from across the United States and around the world. Over 98 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty members have earned a doctorate or terminal degree, making them experts in their respective academic fields. Faculty also participate extensively in research, earning external grants and contracts totaling over $1.1 million in 2008-09. Faculty research is also an excellent opportunity for students, as many professors seek out student help in laboratories or for administrative assistance.


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Information Summary

Ranks 21st in South Carolina and 1299th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in South Carolina and 185th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.21
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.12
Arrest 8 0.24

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 66 0.22
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 12 0.04
Robbery 36 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 171 0.57
Larceny 1,067 3.57
Vehicle theft 49 0.16

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4384th for the average student loan amount.
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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Aiken, SC 29801
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population25,898 (19,224 urban / 6,674 rural)
Households10,025 (2.45 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,661
Families6,660 (3.02 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4502

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1278th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,018 $9,018 $18,050
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $290 $290 $290
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $384 $384 $768
FT Graduate Tuition $11,640 $11,640 $24,960
FT Graduate Required Fees $290 $290 $290
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $485 $485 $1,040
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,701 $21,701 $30,733
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,701 $21,701 $30,733
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,075 $14,075 $23,107

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $8,750 $9,024 $8,750 $9,024 $17,238 $17,780
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,080 $1,100
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,079 $7,291
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,831 $2,951
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,079 $7,291
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,831 $2,951
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,160 $3,296

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$45
Graduate Application Fee$45
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,620 (839 male / 1,781 female)
Admitted 1,342 (440 male / 902 female)
Admission rate 51%
First-time Enrollment 526 (196 male / 330 female)
FT Enrollment 488 (178 male / 310 female)
PT Enrollment 38 (18 male / 20 female)
Total Enrollment3,299

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Peach Belt Conference

ACT Test Admission

1063rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 49%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

942nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 59%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 870 / 1080

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity968
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,550
Board Fee$2,420

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2610th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,200 ($60,611 male / $51,834 female)
Number of FT Faculty 136 (63 male / 73 female)
Number of PT Faculty 265
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $3,411,574

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