Points of Pride


Serving Our Region: USC Aiken educates the next generation of professionals—nurses, engineers, educators, journalists, accountants, musicians, psychologists, and so on in every field—so they have the broad understanding and critical capabilities to succeed in their careers, enjoy a full life, and contribute as citizens and neighbors, building vibrant communities for decades to come. 

  • U.S. News and World Report:  #1 Regional Comprehensive Public College in the South. This 2018 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 20th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and thirteenth time in first place.

  • The Chronicle of Education: Great Colleges to Work For 2016 designation

  • Economic impact: USC Aiken pumps more than $281 million ANNUALLY into the South Carolina economy, most of which benefits Aiken and Aiken County. (Conservative estimate from the Darla Moore School of Business, Economic Study, 2016)

  • Impact of Graduates:
    • USC Aiken boasts 16,211 alumni as of Summer 2016
    • Nursing alumni: 2,912
    • Education alumni: 2,241
    • Business alumni: 4,478
    • Engineering: Educated more than 1,200

  • Enrollment: Approximately 3,500

  • Student-Faculty ratio: 15:1 creates opportunities for individualized learning

  • Student body:
    • Students come to USC Aiken from 36 states 
    • International students representing 32 countries
    • 10% veteran and military students, more than a 100% increase since 2012
    • 143% increase in the Honors Program since 2012
    • 15% of the student body is made up of non-traditional students (age 25 and older)
    • 40% First-Generation students
  • Talented faculty including recipients of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, the Governor’s Professor of the Year, and a Grammy-Award winning Artist-in-Residence
  • 5 independent recognitions for “Military Friendly”
    • #1 in South, U.S. News & World Report
    • Best for Vets
    • Military Spouse Friendly
    • Military Friendly
    • Military Advanced Education and Transition