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Visit Aiken, SC

Your student is attending a great university in a great place.  In 2018, Southern Living Magazine chose Aiken, South Carolina as the #1 small town in the southeast United States!  So, in addition to being the #1 regional university in the southeast, we are located in the #1 small town in the southeast!   

Check out this video to get a taste of all that Aiken, SC, has to offer you and your family.  Include your student when planning things to do on your visit, and come see us soon!

Etherredge Center

USC Aiken is proud to host visual and performing artists from around the world right here at the Etherredge Center.  The Center provides our students with opportunities to spectate as well as participate in arts related education and programming.  Please come and see for yourself!  For more details, to see the schedule and purchase tickets click here.

Merit Pages for Student Profiles

At USC Aiken we educate and develop skilled students.  We also show students how to market themselves locally, nationally, and globally.  A primary USC Aiken marketing platform is a verified online profile called Merit Pages.  

Student accomplishments, like making the Dean’s List, are automatically added to their Merit page.  Merit information is sent to their hometown media outlets and select state representatives.  Students can add jobs and volunteer work to their individual MERIT pages and create great profile for potential employers. 

Details on how to create a student MERIT page are in each Student Orientation packet when they start at USC Aiken, and are also available here.  Please encourage your student to update his/her MERIT page regularly!

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Whether students live on campus or commute to school, parents should maintain an appropriate connection with their students while also supporting their independence. After high school, the parent role changes from being “directors” to becoming “support specialists.”

Likewise, parents and families can stay connected to USC Aiken by bookmarking and reading this dynamic website and signing up to receive our monthly e-newsletters. Newsletters contain information and articles on how to support your Pacer from home as we support them here at USC Aiken. In addition, newsletter recipients will receive periodic announcements about events like Family Day.  

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A recommended publication on how to stay connected with your college student is the entertaining but informative book Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money by Johnson and Schelhas-Miller.