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Thrive Guide

Helping our students get the most out of their experience

Welcome to the Thrive Guide, and welcome to USC Aiken! We are glad you're here! Explore the information on this Thrive Guide site to learn all the ins and outs of USC Aiken.

The campus resources and support services below offer the help students need to be happy, healthy, and successful during their college careers.

Academic Success Resources

Located in the Gregg-Graniteville Library, the Center for Student Achievement offers all of the academic success services and resources you need to succeed free of charge. They provide private academic consultations about time management, study skills, and academic success strategies. The center offers drop-in tutoring and supplemental instruction for many courses. If you have any questions about how the Center for Student Achievement can help you achieve your academic goals, contact the Coordinator of Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction Rebecca Barnwell at 803-641-3354 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The mission of the Writing Center is to provide an open teaching and learning environment for the collaborative discussion of writing so that students may become more aware and independent writers. The Writing Center is staffed by students from a range of disciplines and professional tutors from the English department. Writing consultants are formally trained to provide feedback during all phases of the writing process. Because the Writing Center focuses on student learning, awareness, and independence, consultants do not edit drafts. Rather, consultants are trained to help students become better editors and proofreaders of their own drafts.

Besides taking advantage of tutoring services, students may also come to the Writing Center to study, use a computer, print assignments, or peruse books and guides related to writing. Located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building in Room 112, the Writing Center is available to all students free of charge. To make an appointment, come by in person or call 803-641-3262. Although appointments are recommended to guarantee a session, drop-ins are also welcome. Workshops on various writing topics are also provided on a rotating basis throughout the semester.

Visit the Writing Center site

The Math Lab, located on the first floor of the Gregg-Graniteville Library, is part of the Department of Math & Computer Sciences and is here to provide the academic support you need to be successful in your USC Aiken math courses. The Math Lab is staffed by peer tutors who provide individual tutoring and small group study sessions. The best part is that Math Lab tutoring is free! 

Visit the Math Lab site

The Gregg-Graniteville Library strives to provide the academic community with the information required for intellectual, professional, and personal development. The library has many books, and you can also request many more through the interlibrary loan system. In addition to checking out books, the library offers multiple services for students. If you have a research or citation question, you can contact one of the qualified reference librarians for help. You can also use the library as a study space. Individual study rooms are available for your use upstairs, or you can study in the Learning Commons area located downstairs.

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The Disability Services Office at USC Aiken assists students with physical, psychological, or learning disabilities in their college experience through an integration of on-campus services. The primary concern is to make all USC Aiken programs and services accessible. Assistance begins during the admission process and ends when a student graduates. Throughout the university experience, campus wide services are coordinated to meet the needs of students. Students may call the Disability Services Office at 803-641-6816, visit the office in the Student and Educational Support Building (Suite 104), or email the coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Inter-Curricular Enrichment, or ICE, is a university-wide initiative aimed at engaging USC Aiken students through a series of diverse curricular enrichment opportunities. While at USC Aiken, students attend a prescribed number of ICE events. Such events span the academic curriculum and include, amongst other offerings: musical recitals, book readings, films, guest speakers, and planetarium shows.

Incoming freshman have to complete 16 ICE credits while at USC Aiken in order to graduate. It is recommended students complete two credits per semester. Transfer students will have to complete a number of Ice events based on how many academic hours they have already completed. 

You must bring your USC Aiken ID to ICE events. It will need to be scanned when entering and exiting the event in order to receive credit. To make sure you’ve received credit, check Degree Works Report in SCC or speak to your advisor.  

Learn more about ICE events

Student Involvement Resources

The mission of the Student Life Office is to expose students to diverse experiences allowing them to explore opportunities and interests that will transform them into engaged global leaders. The division sponsors many organizations and programs. For more information about any of these opportunities, please stop by the Student Life Office, call 803-641-3634, or email Lacie Wehrmann, Director of Student Leadership & Engagement, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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University Housing allows students to save time and money by being within walking distance of classes, offices, events, and dining services. Living on campus is a great way to become involved and meet new people. If you have questions about residing on campus,you can stop by the Central Housing Office, located in Pacer Crossings Room 130, Monday-Friday from 8:30 am- 5pm, or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out the Housing website for specific information about housing options.

Visit the University Housing site

At the beginning of every fall and spring semester, the Student Life Office hosts a Get on Board Day where different organizations recruit new members. You can go walk around the quad and speak to club members to find out which ones you might like to join. We offer over 90 organizations on campus. There are a variety of ways to get involved on campus with organizations like Greek Life, Honors Societies, Student Government Association, and more! Check out PresencePresence as a one-stop-shop for all engagement information!
This is a weekly publication that is hung in the restrooms around campus. It provides you with all the latest announcements. Announcements are also emailed to students through Student News.

Commuter students are students who do not live on campus and travel to attend classes. At USC Aiken, we advocate for the needs of commuter students and support their academic success.

Learn more about Commuter Student Services

Health and Wellness Resources

USC Aiken offers the Wellness Center (the gym), the natatorium (6-lane pool), intramurals, group fitness classes, a sauna, and club sports. Lockers are available to keep your stuff locked up and showers to freshen up. This is all free to you. To activate your membership, stop by the Wellness Center with a copy of your class schedule.

For a full list of hours and programs offered:

Visit the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center site

The Student Health Center (SHC) can provide assessment, treatment, and referral for common health issues, free of charge to current students. You can call the SHC at 803-641-2840. 

Visit the Student Health Center site

The Counseling Center offers counseling services to full-time and part-time students free of charge. The Counseling Center is available to address a variety of concerns. Please contact them and tell them what's on your mind. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, call the Counseling Center at (803) 641-3609 or stop by the Student and Educational Support Building, Suite 107, during office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

Visit the Counseling Center site

Other Resources

This Pacer Shoppe is a great place to get the textbooks and course materials student's need. They also sell UofSC merchandise to show off Pacer pride.

Visit the Pacer Shoppe site

Police officers work with the campus community in a cooperative policing effort to prevent crime from occurring and to respond and provide assistance to victims once crime has occurred. Uniformed officers provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. These services include: emergency response to crimes in progress and life threatening incidents, foot patrol, bike patrol, escort services, and limited parking lot assistance (unlock cars and jump starts). Also, all officers are certified Medical First Responders. They also are responsible for administrative services such as providing student ID’s and parking decals.

Visit the University Police site

The Office of Career Services, in Penland 108, helps students find jobs both on and off campus. They also help with job preparation through interviewing practice and resume critiquing. If you have any questions, contact director Corey Feraldi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Registrar's Office is located in the Penland Administration Building Room 109 and is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Their purpose is to assist, direct, and provide accurate information related to records and registration and other areas related to student course enrollment. If you have any questions about course registration, graduation requirements, or requesting a minor, contact the Registrar's Office at 803-648-6851.

Visit the Registrar's Office site

The Financial Aid Office is located in Penland 102. Their phone number is 803-641-3476. If you have questions about your scholarships or paying your tuition, this is the office you contact.

Visit the Financial Aid site

The Business Services Office is where you will go to pay your tuition bill. This office also handles payment plans and refunds. If you have any questions about these topics, you can call Business Services at 803-641-3543 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visit the Business Services site

The Veteran and Military Student Success Center is a center for your success if you are a member of the military or if you are part of a military family. The center is your one-stop place on campus for answering your questions as they relate to your service, benefits, education, and career choices. The VMSSC is also a place to meet and connect with, hang out, or study with other students who share your similar life experience. The Veteran and Military Student Success Center is open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Visit the VMSS site