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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
About University of South Carolina Aiken...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Peach Belt Conference
Address
471 University Pkwy
Aiken, SC 29801
Website
From University of South Carolina Aiken

The University of South Carolina (USC) Aiken is well-known for it's top ranking each year by US News and World Report as the #1 Public College in the South. USC Aiken was honored with that ranking again for 2019.

USC Aiken provides all of the benefits of a large university, but does it in a small, caring setting. Students get individual attention in very small class sizes (average 15) from faculty who are invested in their future. Majors span the traditional to cutting-edge with many new programs of study recently added in high-demand career areas.

Outside the classroom, USC Aiken has a rich campus life. Students live on campus in spacious apartments designed to provide for productive study space and offer great social and recreational opportunities. USC Aiken Pacer Athletics (11 NCAA sports) provide athletes and fans with the chance to see highly competitive games and matches in our first-rate facilities. The campus offers 100+ clubs including 14 fraternities and sororities.

University of South Carolina Aiken Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
53%
SAT Range
920-1120
ACT Range
18-23
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,821/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,753/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.43 responses
51%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.45 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.45 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,716Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
638
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
44%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Stressed
    40%
  • Enjoining life
    28%
  • Bored and stressed
    12%
  • Bored
    8%
  • Fun-filled
    8%
  • Diverse
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.47 responses
Poll
44%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.61 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Affordable
    42%
  • Encouraging
    27%
  • Great
    18%
  • Challenging
    6%
  • Fun and Enjoyable
    6%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $37,100/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    41%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    81%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.36 responses
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    University of South Carolina Aiken Reviews

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    There's so many new things going on. I was surprised coming from out of state, but I love it. I'm a big sports fan so seeing a nationally ranked basketball and baseball team is great.

    My favorite is the professors. They seem to care about me and my classmates. I feel like I am getting everything a big university offers, but in a place where I am not just a number. Most of my classes have less than 20 people.

    I was worried about tuition, but the tuition here is comparable to my home state and I was fortunate to receive aid. Everyone has been super friendly. I live in a great on campus apartment, have made a lot of friends, and even got invited to my roommate's family home for the holidays. I really do love it here and am so happy I chose Aiken. I didn't know all that much about the school going in, but it definitely worked out great!
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    I am currently a senior at USCA majoring in exercise and sports science. Attending this university has been mostly a positive experience. The professors provide an environment where it makes it easy for the students to learn. They work with students through email, by staying after class, and by going outside of their office hours to meet with students who need extra help.
    The campus is a beautiful sight to see. One of the better things about this campus is that it is not too large, which makes it easier to get to class on time.
    Something that I do like is the education, but I would like to make some minor changes. Such as class availability, some classes aren’t available in a window that I see suitable, whether that be a time or a class not being available for a whole semester.
    Reiterating my original point, my overall experience at this university has been a mostly positive one.
    University of South Carolina Aiken makes you feel like you are part of the family. From Open House to Orientation, I finally felt like I belonged to a terrific group! I can't wait to start my Freshman year at University South Carolina Aiken!