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University of South Carolina Aiken

Aiken, South Carolina, United States
Building partnerships has been the cornerstone of the University of South Carolina Aiken since its inception in 1961. It was then that the citizens of the Aiken community voiced the need for a local institution of higher education. In a true demonstration of grassroots politics, the community rallied to show their support for a college to be founded in the area. Through state legislation, a governing board was formed, the Aiken County Commission for Higher Education, which continues to oversee the University’s mission.

Bachelor's programmes

Education & Training (1)



Founded in 1961 with generous and enthusiastic support from the local community, the University of South Carolina Aiken recently celebrated 55 years of excellence for the state and region. The campus has grown to serve more than 3,500 students on its beautiful 453-acre campus. 


USC Aiken has ranked in the top three public baccalaureate colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges" for twenty consecutive years. More than 3,500 students attend the university, and approximately 500 students graduate each year. 


At USC Aiken, there are many opportunities for students and faculty to connect through research. Whether it be collaborating on a biological study or conducting a research project in psychology, students and faculty are working together to make new discoveries. Students interested in participating in research may do so in a number of disciplines throughout the sciences and humanities. It is easy to learn about research in any field that interests you, just visit our Research Activities page and find your department. 


We encourage students meet with us for help with all career-related decisions.  We encourage you to make an appointment as our calendars fill up fast.

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Student services

The Office of Student Life will expose students to diverse experiences allowing them to explore opportunities and interests that will transform them into engaged global leaders.

Housing services

Pacer Crossings residence hall began housing incoming freshmen in Fall 2008. Each suite contains four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and a furnished living area. Each floor has a large common area for use as a study space and for recreation.

Library services

The Gregg-Graniteville Library of the University of South Carolina Aiken strives to provide the academic community with the information required for intellectual, professional, and personal development. The Library also strives to serve as an information resource for the University’s geographical service area.

Medical services

The mission of the USC Aiken Student Health Center (SHC) is to provide assessment, treatment, and/or referral for common health issues experienced by the USC Aiken student community.

Student Life

Campus life

USC Aiken provides bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 50 programs of study while delivering many of the offerings of a large university on a small, friendly campus with intimate class sizes and personal attention. The commitment to continuing partnerships is woven into the fabric of the campus’ culture.

Sports facilities

The University has several Wellness programs.

Student clubs

Organizations include:

  • Engineering Club 
  • Exercise & Sport Science Club (EXCSO) 
  • History Club 


The University of South Carolina Aiken is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of the University.

Aiken, South Carolina, United States