The University of South Carolina at Aiken Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of University of South Carolina at Aiken

The University of South Carolina Aiken is a public institution situated northeast of Augusta. The institution has a large selection of over 35undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to select from. Students are backed by a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations. In athletics, the USC Aiken Pacers play in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference. The university fields five men’s and six women’s intercollegiate sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 3,699 (3,344 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 35% Male/65% Female
  • 80% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,760 (in-state); $21,218 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,706
  • Room and Board: $7,946
  • Other Expenses: $4,586
  • Total Cost: $24,998 (in-state); $35,456 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 93%
    • Loans: 60%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,168
    • Loans: $6,948

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Education; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 64%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 40%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 20%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 40%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Overview of University of South Carolina at Aiken Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data                        

  • USC – Aiken Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 480/580
    • SAT Math: 470/560
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 17/22
    • ACT English: 16/22
    • ACT Math: 16/22
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for USC-Aiken, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If USC-Aiken is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

California State University Fresno, California State University Stanislaus, California State University San Bernardino, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for USC-Aiken, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

California State University Monterey Bay, La Salle University, Liberty University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Radford University, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University–Kingsville

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than USC-Aiken. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Alabama, Ohio University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Pace University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University  

Applying to USC – Aiken

Application Deadline: July 1

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