Points of Pride


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 is a comprehensive liberal arts institution committed to active learning through excellence in teaching, student research, faculty scholarship, and civic engagement.  

  • Earned top three ranking among top public regional colleges in the South in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual "America’s Best Colleges" guide for 19 consecutive years, with twelve total number 1 rankings
  • Two U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs’ national rankings
  • U.S. News & World Report added a new ranking in identifying the "Best Colleges for Veterans" in 2015. USC Aiken earned #1 ranking among top public regional colleges in the South in this category for two years in a row.
  • Exceptional undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Talented faculty including recipients of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, the Governor’s Professor of the Year, and a Grammy-Award winning Artist-in-Residence
  • Excellence in undergraduate student research with recipients of prestigious Magellan Scholar Research Awards and McNair Scholars Research Program
  • USC Aiken is certified by The American Chemical Society (ACS), a national organization for chemists that sets the bar for high quality education of future chemists and is an advocate for science to our nation.
  • According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, USC Aiken seniors rank the campus as contributing to their knowledge, skills and personal development at rates significantly higher than other institutions that participate in the survey.
  • 15:1 student-faculty ratio allowing for highly-engaged and interactive classes 
  • A strong commitment to diversity with a minority enrollment of more than 36% 
  • Selected as the college of choice by students from 29 states and 20 countries
  • Two consecutive recognitions as a “Great Place to Work” by the Chronicle for Higher Education
  • Six recognitions for providing Military and Veteran Friendly programs including 2012, 2014, and 2015 “Military-Friendly School” designation by nationally-distributed GI Jobs
  • Economic impact of $180 million on the state’s economy with more than 14,500 alumni and 3,700 faculty, staff and students actively engaged in their communities
  • Strong record of community partnerships with more than 70,000 K-12 students and teachers visiting the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and 23,000 visitors to the Etherredge Center for the Fine and Performing Arts annually
  • NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference with teams consistently ranked among the nation’s best.