University of South Carolina--Aiken

2014 Quick Stats
471 University Parkway

Aiken, SC 29801

Phone: (803) 648-6851
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#23 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Regional Colleges (South)

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University of South Carolina--Aiken is a public institution that was founded in 1961. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,123, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 453 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of South Carolina--Aiken's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (South), 23. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,308 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $18,340 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1961, the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) is a comprehensive liberal arts institution committed to active learning through excellence in teaching, faculty and student scholarship, research, creative activities and service. In this stimulating academic community, USCA challenges students to acquire and develop the skills, knowledge, and values necessary for success in a dynamic global environment. The university offers degrees in the arts and sciences and in the professional disciplines of business, education, and nursing. All courses of study are grounded in a liberal arts and sciences core curriculum. USCA also encourages interdisciplinary studies and collaborative endeavors. Emphasizing small classes and individual attention, USCA provides students with opportunities to maximize individual achievement in both academic and co-curricular settings. The institution challenges students to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, to learn independently, and to acquire depth of knowledge in chosen fields. The university values honesty, integrity, initiative, hard work, accomplishments, responsible citizenship, respect for diversity, and cross-cultural understanding. USC Aiken attracts students of varying ages and diverse cultural backgrounds who have demonstrated the potential to succeed in a challenging academic environment. In addition to serving the Savannah River area, USCA actively seeks student enrollment from all parts of South Carolina as well as from other states and countries. As a senior public institution of the University of South Carolina, USCA combines the advantages of a smaller institution with the resources of a major university system. Located in beautiful, historic Aiken, South Carolina, USCA is an institution of moderate size (2,500-5,000 students) that offers baccalaureate degrees in a number of disciplines, completion baccalaureate degrees at University of South Carolina regional campuses, and master's degrees in selected programs. USCA endeavors to apply knowledge, skills, and wisdom in ways that promote the common good. Accordingly, the university seeks to build strong community ties. The institution enriches the quality of life not only on campus but also throughout the surrounding region through a variety of activities including the fine and performing arts, athletics, continuing education, distance learning, and community service. In fulfilling its role as an institution of higher learning, the University of South Carolina Aiken is a community of individuals engaged in broadly based educational experiences necessary for an enlightened society.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1961
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $442,871


When applying to University of South Carolina--Aiken, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of South Carolina--Aiken is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.2%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of South Carolina--Aiken is 16:1, and the school has 52.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of South Carolina--Aiken include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Social Sciences; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 21%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Health Professions and Related Programs 17%
Education 12%
Social Sciences 11%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 7%

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Student Life

University of South Carolina--Aiken has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,123, with a gender distribution of 35 percent male students and 65 percent female students. At this school, 27 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 73 percent of students live off campus. University of South Carolina--Aiken is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,210
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

University of South Carolina--Aiken offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, and health service. University of South Carolina--Aiken also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of South Carolina--Aiken, 77 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of South Carolina--Aiken.

Students who have cars on campus 77%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At University of South Carolina--Aiken, 69.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,799.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,308 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $18,340 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,970 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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