Resources › For Students and Parents USC Aiken Admissions SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More Share Flipboard Email Print For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated August 07, 2017 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): USC - Aiken Acceptance Rate: 67%Test Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: 440 / 530SAT Math: 430 / 530SAT Writing: - / -What these SAT numbers meanSAT comparison for South Carolina collegesACT Composite: 18 / 24ACT English: 17 / 24ACT Math: 17 / 23ACT Writing: - / -What these ACT numbers meanACT comparison for South Carolina colleges Enrollment (2016): Total Enrollment: 3,548 (3,371 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female84% 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: $8,254Other Expenses: $4,451Total 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 AidGrants: 90%Loans: 64%Average Amount of AidGrants: $6,684Loans: $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, GolfWomen's Sports: Track and Field, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Basketball Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics Explore Other South Carolina Colleges: Anderson | Charleston Southern | Citadel | Claflin | Clemson | Coastal Carolina | College of Charleston | Columbia International | Converse | Erskine | Furman | North Greenville | Presbyterian | South Carolina State | USC Beaufort | USC Columbia | USC Upstate | Winthrop | Wofford USC Aiken Mission Statement: see the complete mission statement at http://web.usca.edu/chancellor/mission.dot "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."