University of South Carolina – Aiken (USC Aiken)

471 University Pkwy, Aiken, SC

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The University of South Carolina - Aiken, was founded in 1961 as a branch campus of the University of South Carolina. The goal of the institution was to provide the equivalent of a community college education in the center of Aiken county and was established through an agreement between the school and the Aiken County Commission on Higher Education through permission granted by the state. By 1968 the school was able to grant associate degrees and granted permission to purchase a new permanent location which was finalized in 1972. In 1975 the school gained approval to provide senior level courses and grant bachelor degrees. Soon after the school entered into a period of expansion, adding new buildings and modernizing facilities to cater to student demands at the university level. The school expanded its educational offerings in the 1990's, introducing new master degree programs and the development of newer facilities, such as athletics facilities and fields. The school is dedicated to providing the best education possible for its students through review, expansion and relevancy.

The University of South Carolina - Aiken offers a number of programs allowing students to choose a course of study and major that best reflects their long term goals and career aspirations. Bachelor degree programs typically take four years to complete and may be accompanied by a minor degree in a separate field of study, earned through additional coursework. Majors require students to take a number of lower and upper division courses related to their field of study combines with general education requirements and elective courses. Master degree programs require a separate admissions process as well as having earned a bachelor's degree and a minimum acceptable GRE score. Master degree programs typically take between one and two years to complete.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrollment at USC Aiken requires students to have completed a standard high school education or equivalent combined with an acceptable GPA to SAT or ACT ratio. Students who meet the requirements for admission must complete the application form, providing all necessary information, including essays and transcripts, which will be used to render a final admissions decision. Students will be notified when the process is complete, and those admitted will be provided the necessary information to begin their education.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used to determine the student's financial needs, aid program eligibility, and monetary awards. As per federal regulations, students may be randomly selected to provide financial documentation to the financial aid office to be compared to the FAFSA and verify its accuracy. Financial aid must be applied for prior to the start of each academic year due to the possible changes in the student's or the family's financial situation.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the candidates USC Aiken accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

University of South Carolina – Aiken has a total student population of about 3,400, where graduate students make up roughly 17% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,300. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $45 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State: $9,600-$12,000
    • Out-of-State: $19,000-$23,020
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $400-$480 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $800-$960 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid92%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships89%$6,290
Receiving Student Loans64%$6,086

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of South Carolina – Aiken may provide services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of University of South Carolina – Aiken is around 42%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years21%
Graduating in 5 Years17%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Music Program
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of South Carolina – Aiken is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Peach Belt Conference)
  • Basketball (Peach Belt Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism



English Language and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Physical Sciences


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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