Why Choose USC Aiken

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The University of South Carolina (USC) Aiken is a small, public university that serves as an economic engine for South Carolina. For 2021, the university is ranked first among the “Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges South” by U.S. News & World Report—marking 23 consecutive top-three rankings.

In addition, USC Aiken is ranked third among “Best Colleges for Veterans, Regional Colleges South” by U.S. News & World Report in 2021—marking six consecutive top-10 rankings. Founded as a regional university, USC Aiken now enrolls students from 36 of the United States and 32 countries.

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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