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What is Palmetto College?

Palmetto College is an online degree completion program offered by USC campuses throughout the state. The USC Campuses that have Palmetto College programs include: Columbia, Aiken, Upstate, and Beaufort. The program is designed for students who have already completed their general education requirements and need to finish their undergraduate degree online.

What degree programs does USC Aiken’s Palmetto College offer?

USC Aiken’s Palmetto College program offers degrees in Business/Management, Business/Accounting and Special Education. The requirements for these degrees are the same as those for the on-campus program.

USC Aiken’s Palmetto College business programs are accredited through ACCSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the Special Education program by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).

Do I have to be a South Carolina resident to be in the Palmetto College Program?

No, under State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), admission to Palmetto College is open to residents of all SARA states. Find out if your state is a SARA state.

How long does it take to complete a degree with Palmetto college?

Most students are able to complete their degree in 2-3 years. Completion time depends on the number of hours transferred and the number of courses a student takes each semester.

When is the last day to submit my application?

SemesterApplication Deadline
Fall July 15
Spring December 1

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Does Palmetto college offer courses in the summer?

USC Aiken offers a wide-variety of online courses in the summer semesters. While they are not considered Palmetto College courses, they are available to students in the program. Summer courses are primarily offered in a 5-week intensive format.

How much does it cost?

For a full-time student, Palmetto College in-state tuition is approximately $5,000 + fees per semester (fall/spring). Out-of-state tuition is approximately $10,000 + fees per semester (fall/spring). For more financial information, please visit the Tuition and Fees page.

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How can I find out if I am eligible for Palmetto College?

To be eligible for this online degree program, students must have:

45-60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution and completion of specific courses. GPA Requirements are as follows:

Business program: minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA

Special Education: minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA

Please refer to the eligibility requirements for more detailed information.

Our Palmetto College Coordinator will be happy to review your transcripts to determine eligibility.

Can I work full-time and attend Palmetto College?

Yes, many of our students have full time jobs already. Palmetto College is designed for professionals who want to complete a bachelor’s degree. Palmetto College students can choose to take a full load of courses, or attend part-time.

Where can I buy my textbooks?

All the required textbooks can be bought though our bookstore, which is available online and can be accessed here. The list of required textbooks for each course will be on the USC Aiken Bookstore website and on the syllabus provided by your instructor.

What is the course format for Palmetto College courses?

The courses are offered in an intensive 8-week format. Each semester is broken into two sessions. Typically, full-time students take two courses each term.

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Who do I need to contact for more information?

Contact the Palmetto College Coordinator at