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About the University of South Carolina Aiken

The University of South Carolina (USC) Aiken is a small, public university that serves as an economic engine for South Carolina. For 2019, the university has, once again, been ranked #1 Public College in the South by U.S. News & World Report. This is the university’s 14th time in the number one spot. In addition, USC Aiken is ranked #1 Public College in the South by US News & World Report for service to veterans. Originally founded as a regional university, USC Aiken now enrolls students from 36 of the United States and 32 other countries.

More than 3,500 students attend the university which offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 48 programs of study. The hallmark of USC Aiken is that it delivers all of the offerings of a large university on a small, friendly campus and online with intimate class sizes and personal attention. Highly qualified faculty members offer student-centric teaching with a focus on real world learning so that university graduates have both the knowledge and professional skills to excel in the global economy.

USC Aiken is poised for enrollment growth both on campus and online. The university’s unique focus on teaching and learning continues to make it a highly desirable choice for students of all ages, backgrounds, and academic pursuits.

Mission Statement

The University of South Carolina Aiken is a comprehensive institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and professional disciplines. All programs of study are grounded in a strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum.

USC Aiken is distinguished by its commitment to transformative teaching made possible through high-impact learning practices, undergraduate research, small classes, and individual attention. The University encourages excellence in research and creative pursuits and prepares students for success by challenging them to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, to learn independently, and to acquire breadth and depth of interdisciplinary knowledge.

USC Aiken attracts students from South Carolina, the United States and the world to form a diverse community of individuals engaged in educational experiences and service necessary for the pursuit of meaningful work in an enlightened, inclusive and economically vibrant society. A progressive hub for innovation, collaboration and creativity, USC Aiken contributes to the community by enriching the region's quality of life through a variety of activities including the visual and performing arts, intercollegiate athletics, continuing and distance education, educational outreach, and leadership.



We value integrity, honesty and accountability. We encourage initiative and take pride in hard work and accomplishment.


We value the rights and responsibilities associated with membership in a community. We embrace efforts to work for the common good and opportunities to enrich the lives of all community members.


We value and embrace lifelong learning and inquisitive pursuits. To that end, we endeavor to impart knowledge, skills and wisdom in a high-quality learning environment.


We value a nurturing community where people support one another, embrace diversity and encourage mutual respect.

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