Dual enrollment at USC Aiken provides high achieving local public, private or home-schooled high school students with the opportunity to take college courses that will enhance their high school experience while experiencing the challenges of a collegiate classroom setting.
Dual enrollment eases the transition as students leave high school and enter a four-year university setting. Students are exposed to personalized instruction in traditional USC Aiken courses with USC Aiken faculty and students.
USC Aiken strongly encourages high school students to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) courses that are available at their high school in addition to dual enrollment courses at USC Aiken. Combined, high school students will be well prepared for the rigors of a four-year institution.
- Be in the top 25% of your class and/or have a 3.5+ GPA on the SC UGP
- Have a score of 1020+ on the SAT or PSAT and/or 21+ on ACT/PreACT
- Take College Prep or higher curriculum in high school
All of the following must be completed to be considered for admission:
- Apply online. Select “Aiken Non-Degree Seeking” for application type
- Pay Application Fee
- Complete Application Supplement Form and submit to High School Counselor
- Have your high school send USC Aiken an official copy of your Transcript & Immunization Records
- Have your SAT and/or ACT score sent to USC Aiken directly from the testing agency (costs approximately $12)
Priority deadlines for dual enrollment applications are March 1st for the fall semester and October 1st for the spring. Applications submitted after the priority deadlines will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please understand that USC Aiken courses fill rapidly during campus-wide priority registration and that seats in high-demand courses may be extremely limited or unavailable. Students are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline. However, if the deadline has already passed, students should speak with the Dual Enrollment coordinator as soon as possible to discuss options for potential late admission/course registration.
After being admitted, the following must be turned in before you are able to register for courses:
- Completed Citizenship Verification Form(Dual Enrollment Coordinator can provide)
- Along with a copy of one of the listed acceptable supporting documents
- Immunization Records showing two-shot MMR (If not already received from your high school)
All new dual enrollment students must attend an orientation with the Dual Enrollment Coordinator before the first day of class.
Cost (Excluding Books, Approximate)
|$341 for a 4 semester hour course (plus books)||$183 for a 2 semester hour course (plus books)|
|$262 for a 3 semester hour course (plus books)||$104 for a 1 semester hour course (plus books)|
Cost Breakdown (Approximate): Tuition ($66/Credit Hour) + Technology Fee ($13/Credit Hour) + Public Safety Fee ($25/Semester) = Total Cost
* Fees listed are for 2020-21. Costs for 2021-22 will be set by the University of South Carolina system board of trustees.
Textbook purchases/rentals are made separately from the costs above. Students must rent/buy their textbooks by the first day of class. Students are encouraged, but not required to, purchase/rent their text books at the Pacer Shoppe on campus.
What courses are available?
Each semester the dual/concurrent Coordinator will provide a listing of suggested courses for dual enrollment students. Courses for the fall semester are available the previous March and courses for the spring semester are available the previous October.
Dual or concurrent enrollment?
Dual enrollment courses allow students to receive both high school and college credit for their efforts. For public school students, he/she will receive AP weighting for the course on the high school transcript.
Concurrent enrollment courses only receive college credit for a course. The school can decide if they would like the dual or concurrent option.
Tuition is the same for either option.
When will I pick my preferred courses?
Students will meet with a USC Aiken representative several months before their intended term. USC Aiken staff will visit local high schools for these conversations in March prior to fall semester & October prior to spring. Home-schooled students are welcome to set up an appointment for an on-campus conversation.
Math Placement Chart (Effective Fall 2019)
For the following majors, these students will be enrolled into MATH 102 or 103.
- Communication, English, Fine Arts, History, Music Ed., Political Science, Undeclared
For all STEM majors (College of Sciences and Engineering), majors in all professional schools, and Sociology majors, the following chart applies based on standardized test scores:
|ACT Score (MATH)||SAT MATH (New)||Course Placement|
|16 or below||459 or below||MATH A104|
|17-21||460-519||MATH A108L (5 contact hours)|
|22 – 24||520 – 569||MATH A108 (4 contact hours)|
|25 – 27||570 – 629||MATH A111, MATH A112, MATH A122, MATH A170
|28 or higher||630 or higher||MATH A174, MATH A141*|
Foreign Language Placement System
(based on HS grades in student’s HS foreign language courses)
|3 points||1 point||0.5 point||0 points|
|(Sum of all foreign language course grades)|
|0-5 points||6-11 points||12-15 points||15+ points|
|language 101||language 102||language 210||300/316|
English Department Requirement
To be able to take ENGL A101 and/or A102, you must have completed 4 full credits of HS English. Dual enrollment students are only allowed to take ENGL A101 in the Fall, and ENGL A102 in the Spring.
Two Course Limit
Effective in the Spring 2020 semester, dual enrollment students will be limited to two (2) dual enrollment courses per semester, with the opportunity to request a third course with justified circumstances. Students who wish to take a third course via dual enrollment in a given semester must submit a letter or email to the Dual Enrollment Coordinator requesting approval to take a third course with explanation. Students will be allowed to take a third course if the request is approved by the Director of Admissions.
USC Aiken is committed to providing the attention (communication, advice, support services) that students need to be successful in the Dual Enrollment Program, both during the application and enrollment periods. For more information, contact:
Director of Admissions
Interim Dual Enrollment Coordinator