USC Aiken Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

USC Aiken Description:

Established in 1961, the University of South Carolina Aiken is a public university located northeast of Augusta, and about an hour southwest of Columbia. The 453-acre campus is home to the DuPont Planetarium, the Etherredge Center for Fine and Performing Arts, the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, and the 4,000-seat Convocation Center. Students can choose from 35 academic programs with business being the most popular. The university has a largely undergraduate focus, and students can expect a lot of interaction with their professors -- academics are supported by a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 16. The student life scene includes several fraternities and sororities and a wide range of other student organizations. In athletics, the USC Aiken Pacers compete in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference. The university fields five men's and six women's intercollegiate sports.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,548 (3,371 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female
  • 84% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,196 (in-state); $20,102 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,656 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,254
  • Other Expenses: $4,451
  • Total Cost: $24,557 (in-state); $34,463 (out-of-state)

USC Aiken Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 90%
    • Loans: 64%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,684
    • Loans: $6,173

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Communications, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 67%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 33%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 23%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 42%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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USC Aiken Mission Statement:

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"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...

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."

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