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University of South Carolina - Aiken Overview

Located in Aiken, South Carolina, University of South Carolina - Aiken is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Aiken makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is University of South Carolina - Aiken Known For?

540 Undergraduate Awards
$25,546 Avg Cost After Aid
53% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at UofSC Aiken is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 55% of the faculty were full-time.

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University of South Carolina - Aiken Rankings

UofSC Aiken holds the #5 spot on the Best Colleges in South Carolina ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Where Is University of South Carolina - Aiken?

Location of University of South Carolina - Aiken

Contact details for UofSC Aiken are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 471 University Pkwy, Aiken, SC 29801
Phone: 803-648-6851

How Do I Get Into UofSC Aiken?

You can apply to UofSC Aiken online at:

Admission Requirements for UofSC Aiken

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UofSC Aiken?

53% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
65% Submit SAT Scores
UofSC Aiken has an acceptance rate of 53%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 52%.

Average Test Scores

About 65% of students accepted to UofSC Aiken submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 570. Math scores were between 450 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of South Carolina - Aiken  ( 470 to 570 )

SAT Math Scores for University of South Carolina - Aiken  ( 450 to 550 )
UofSC Aiken received ACT scores from 64% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 23. Math scores were between 17 and 23. Composite scores were between 18 and 23.

ACT English Scores for University of South Carolina - Aiken  ( 16 to 23 )
ACT Math Scores for University of South Carolina - Aiken  ( 17 to 23 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of South Carolina - Aiken  ( 18 to 23 )

Can I Afford University of South Carolina - Aiken?

$25,546 Net Price
60% Take Out Loans
8.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UofSC Aiken is $25,546. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UofSC Aiken, approximately 60% of students took out student loans averaging $5,518 a year. That adds up to $22,072 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UofSC Aiken is 8.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

University of South Carolina - Aiken Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,585 Full-Time Undergraduates
65% Women
38% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,252 undergraduate students at UofSC Aiken, with 2,585 being full-time and 667 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UofSC Aiken

There are also 468 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,585 full-time undergraduates at UofSC Aiken, 35% are male and 65% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UofSC Aiken

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of South Carolina - Aiken students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UofSC Aiken Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 25
Black or African American 670
Hispanic or Latino 137
White 1,504
International Students 68
Other Races/Ethnicities 181

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at University of South Carolina - Aiken. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 35 countries are represented at UofSC Aiken. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and France.

Online Learning at University of South Carolina - Aiken

623 Took All Classes Online
1,354 Took At Least One Class Online
77.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at UofSC Aiken. In 2017-2018, 1,354 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UofSC Aiken has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 24th most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UofSC Aiken

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of South Carolina - Aiken was 77.2%. This is the #394 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UofSC Aiken regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UofSC Aiken majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 21%
Health Professions 2%
Nursing 2%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 26%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UofSC Aiken ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UofSC Aiken.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Instructional Media Design #10
Nursing #57
Education #69
Health Professions #104

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of South Carolina - Aiken Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 121 16 137
Nursing 80 0 80
Teacher Education Grade Specific 57 0 57
Health & Physical Education 51 0 51
General Biology 49 0 49
Communication & Media Studies 38 0 38
General Psychology 35 0 35
Sociology 22 0 22
Applied Mathematics 17 0 17
Fine & Studio Arts 17 0 17
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 16 16
General English Literature 15 0 15
Industrial Engineering 11 0 11
Special Education 8 0 8
History 7 0 7
Political Science & Government 6 0 6
Chemistry 5 0 5
Instructional Media Design 0 2 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1 0 1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0
TOTAL 540 34 574


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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