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About USC Aiken

Mission Statement & University Values

Mission Statement

The University of South Carolina Aiken is a comprehensive institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and professional disciplines. All programs of study are grounded in a strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum.

USC Aiken is distinguished by its commitment to transformative teaching made possible through high impact learning practices, undergraduate research, small classes, and individual attention. The University encourages excellence in research and creative pursuits and prepares students for success by challenging them to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, to learn independently, and to acquire breadth and depth of interdisciplinary knowledge.

USC Aiken attracts students from South Carolina, the United States, and the world to form a diverse community of individuals engaged in educational experiences and service necessary for the pursuit of meaningful work in an enlightened, inclusive, and economically vibrant society. A progressive hub for innovation, collaboration, and creativity, USC Aiken contributes to the community by enriching the region’s quality of life through a variety of activities including the visual and performing arts, intercollegiate athletics, continuing and distance education, educational outreach, and leadership.

August 16, 2016 (Faculty Assembly)
September 28, 2016 (Classified Employee Assembly)
December 13, 2016 (Board of Trustees)
February 7, 2017 (South Carolina Commission on Higher Education)

Statement of University Values

We at USC Aiken embrace the following values :

  1. Character
    We value integrity, honesty, and accountability. We encourage initiative and take pride in hard work and accomplishment.
  2. Citizenship
    We value the rights and responsibilities associated with membership in a community. We embrace efforts to work for the common good and opportunities to enrich the lives of all community members.
  3. Curiosity
    We value and embrace life-long learning and inquisitive pursuits. To that end, we endeavor to impart knowledge, skills, and wisdom in a high-quality learning environment.
  4. Collegiality
    We value a nurturing community where people support one another, embrace diversity, and encourage mutual respect.