University Of South Carolina Aiken

University Of South Carolina Aiken

The University of South Carolina Aiken is a public, four-year, coeducational university located in Aiken, South Carolina, United States. It was established in the year 1961. The university offers several undergraduate degrees and master degrees in various areas of study including education, educational technology, and applied clinical psychology. The campus spreads across an area of more than 450 acres. The university is organized into the following academic schools and college:

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences Communications
  • College of Nursing School of Nursing
  • College of Sciences Biology/Geology Department
  • School of Business Administration School of Business
  • School of Education School of Education

USCA is member of the NCAA Division II and competes in the Peach Belt Conference. The men athletes participate in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis. The women athletes participate in basketball, cross country, softball, volleyball, soccer, and tennis. Their sports teams are known as the Pacers.

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Contacting USC Aiken

University of South Carolina-Aiken
471 University Pkwy
Aiken , SC 29801
General Phone: (803) 648-6851

USC Aiken Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management140business management
Liberal Arts86English, liberal arts and sciences, political science, sociology, history
Nursing and Emergency Medicine66registered nursing
Education and Teaching62instructional media design, special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, music teaching
Therapy and Counseling38psychology, community psychology
Science37biology, chemistry
Media35communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy29exercise science
Fine Arts22fine arts
Mathematics4applied mathematics

Number of programs and degrees for USC Aiken in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree50220
Master's degree173

USC Aiken Student Body

In 2007-2008, USC Aiken had a total enrollment of 3,267 students (2,775 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 35%
Women 65%
Full-Time 94%
Part-Time 6%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 25%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 34%
20-21 25%
22-24 16%
25-29 7%
30-34 3%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina91%
New Jersey1%
(International Students)1%

USC Aiken Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 68 %
Part-Time 38 %

USC Aiken Room and Board (2007)

USC Aiken offers campus housing for 968 of its 2,775 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Aiken, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

USC Aiken Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math460570
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT72%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT34%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

USC Aiken Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,582
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,946
Room and board $ 6,940
Room charge $ 4,200
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,050
Books and supplies $ 1,080
Other expenses $ 3,340

Financial Aid:
USC Aiken participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 344900)

USC Aiken Faculty

USC Aiken has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1823
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1529

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$87,0630*
Associate professorcalendar year5$74,7671*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
Instructorcalendar year2*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year14$74,1772*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year14$77,83110$71,599
Associate professoracademic year21$61,30310$55,896
Assistant professoracademic year16$48,86425$49,308
Instructoracademic year12$42,54127$42,653
All faculty totalacademic year63$58,24372$50,824

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

USC Aiken Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Peach Belt Conference
Baseball Peach Belt Conference
Track Peach Belt Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports385896

USC Aiken Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Applied Mathematics

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Community Psychology
Psychology, General

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USC Aiken Highlights

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What Sets USC Aiken Apart:

% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%USC Aiken % of degrees in mathematics
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%USC Aiken Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%USC Aiken % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%USC Aiken Female % of student body
% of degrees in media
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%USC Aiken % of degrees in media
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 18%USC Aiken % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
% of degrees in science
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 18%USC Aiken % of degrees in science
% of degrees in fine arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%USC Aiken % of degrees in fine arts
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%USC Aiken Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

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