USC Aiken Earns U.S. News' Top Rankings

September 13, 2017

The University of South Carolina Aiken has earned recognition from U.S. News and World Report for its academic excellence and unparalleled service to veteran and military students.  

For the 13th time, U.S. News and World Report has recognized USC Aiken as the #1 Public Regional College in the South in the magazine's annual "America's Best Colleges" guide.

"I am thrilled to learn that once again USC Aiken is recognized nationally for our excellent academic programs, committed faculty and staff, small class sizes and dynamic educational experiences," said Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor. 

"There are 12 states included in the southern region by U.S. News & World Report, and hundreds of universities compete for these rankings, so this achievement is exceptionally significant."

This marks the USC Aiken’s 20th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category -- and its 13th time in first place.

"I am so proud to be a Pacer,” said Spencer LaMunion, president of the student government association.  "USC Aiken provides each student with an exceptional academic experience, complete with dynamic extracurricular activities and lots of research, civic and social opportunities."

"The faculty and staff are truly committed to students’ success, and I’m glad to see that their dedication has earned the university national recognition."

In addition, USC Aiken's Veteran and Military Student Success Center earned U.S. News and World Report's #1 spot as the Best for Vets Regional College in the South. 

"Ensuring our veteran and military students continue to succeed in the pursuit of their educational and personal goals is one of our top priorities," Jordan said.

"I am thankful for these students' service, and I am proud of the commitment our faculty and staff have made to serve them by providing customized, personal and holistic support."

Approximately 11 percent of the student body is made up of veterans or military students.

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master's degrees to approximately 3,500 students in 50 programs of study and contributes more than $281 million to the local economy.

"As an alumnus of USC Aiken, I am proud of our school,” said Will Wright, Class of 2017.  "Our students have opportunities that other college students just do not have. I learned, grew, and met the best friends of my life at USC Aiken.”

USC Aiken celebrated its U.S. News and World Report honors – and its 56th birthday -- all in the same week.  The university was established Sept. 10, 1961 at the behest of a committed group of community citizens who lobbied to have institution of higher learning in the city.

"It is hard to believe that such a young university has come so far. USC Aiken has a bright future ahead of it, and I am so excited to be a part of that,” said Wright, now an enrollment counselor at the university.



USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2018 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 20th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 13th time in first place.