USC Aiken Trivia


  • Banksia, the house where USC Aiken was originally located, was named after a type of small yellow rose.
  • The original owner of the Banksia property, Richard Howe, lived in a small wooden shack on the property until his son built the mansion which currently stands there. Rumor has it that his son built it while Richard was on vacation and when he returned, he promptly had a heart attack at the surprise. Incidentally, Richard's shack held the original USC Aiken faculty and administration offices.
  • USC Aiken was not the first college to occupy Banksia, the Georgian-style Mansion located in downtown Aiken that houses the historical museum. From 1957-1960, the old winter colony home housed Southern Methodist College.
  • In 1969, students from Banksia marched twice into downtown Aiken, carrying signs and chanting slogans, in support of a $1 million bond that issued a new and enlarged campus in Aiken. On one occasion, Commission Chairman Robert Penland joined the students and, in support of the bond, several downtown merchants also closed their doors in a show of solidarity.
  • When the new site for the campus was chosen in 1970, on land west of the city of Aiken between U.S. 1 and Trolley Line Road, there were no roads through the property. In fact, as Chancellor Bill Casper drove through the site in a 4-wheel drive vehicle during a surveying trip, he became lost in the heavily wooded area.
  • The $400,000 donation from the Gregg-Graniteville Foundation in 1972 was, at the time, the largest single gift made to a library in the state of South Carolina.
  • The Double Knot sculpture that graces the administration building courtyard is a gift from renowned artist, Charles O. Perry, in memory of his father, Owen Perry, a mining engineer who lived in Aiken County. It symbolizes the continuous tie between the University and the community, and is one of many of Perry's works on exhibit at museums and buildings around the world.
  • In 1961-1962, the basketball team won the Carolina League State trophy. Dr. William S. Carr and Joe Jiunnies were the school's first basketball coaches and games were played at Kennedy Junior High School.
  • During the 1969-1970 year, the USC Aiken Rebels competed in the Carolina League Tournament with USC Regional Campuses from Aiken, Florence, Spartanburg, Coastal Carolina, Lancaster and Union. Lew Perkins served as a coach the first year and as athletic director. Also during this time, the first Booster Club was formed. Also, Richard Burdette signed the first ever USC Aiken grant-in-aid.
  • The school colors of blue and white were changed to garnet and gray in 1969. The new colors reflected those of the Confederate army uniforms, which fit the school's mascot during that time which were the "Rebels." In 1971, the mascot changed from the Rebels to the Pacers.
  • USC Aiken has had three different mascot costumes for the mascot Ace Pacer. In the late 90's, the second Ace's head disappeared from the locker room and USC Aiken went without a mascot until 2007, when Ace's recent incarnation was created with the construction of the Convocation Center. The culprits for the grisly crime were never caught, and the early mascot's head remains missing.
  • For several years after the school changed its mascot to the Pacer, the school logo depicted a trotter. When the mistake was discovered, a new logo was developed.
  • During the 1979-1980 season, Men's basketball won the NAIA District Six Championship and participated in NAIA National Championship.
  • In 1980, the USCA volleyball team competed in the NAIA National Championships.
  • USC Aiken students represent over 35 American states, with 47 international students representing 23 different countries
  • USC Aiken was a charter member of the Peach Belt Athletic Conference which was formed and had conference play in 1990 and 1991.
  • The USC Aiken golf team won three straight NCAA National Championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
  • USC Aiken had its first Athletic Hall of Fame induction on November 30, 2007.
  • The USC Aiken women's basketball team set a school record for wins during the 2010-2011 season with a 27-6 record.
  • In the 2002-2003 academic year the first all-female SGA executive board was elected. They were Tiffany Meador, Kristin Allen, and Amanda Brown
  • There are over 65 student organizations at USC Aiken.
  • USC Aiken has an annual operating budget of more than $53 million. Employment at the campus includes 372 permanent employees. Students receive in excess of $32 million each year in federal, state, and private aid funds. This, along with an estimated 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students, construction, and contractual activities, bring the estimated economic impact on our region to in excess of $121 million. Additionally, the estimated spending power of our students is more than $47 million.