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USC Aiken students have several accounts which must be setup as soon as possible.  You'll use these on a daily basis as you prepare for the start of classes and throughout the rest of your student career.

Please follow the links and instructions below to complete your account setups.  These are the latest instructions and may vary from others you've received by email or mail.  If you run into issues please contact the Help Desk for assistance.

Self Service Carolina (SSC)   Multifactor Authentication (MFA)   Blackboard   PacerStudent   Student Email

Self Service Carolina (SSC):

You will log into SSC for administrative tasks such as registration, financial aid, housing, and grades.  SSC is also where you'll setup your USC Network Account which is used to log into Blackboard (for online courses).

To setup SSC for the first time, please follow the instructions found at this page:

Once you have your SSC account setup, you can log into SSC by going to and clicking the "Self Service Carolina" link on the left side of the page under "Links".

NEXT...Setup MultiFactor Authentication (MFA):  

As soon as you've setup SSC, you'll need to setup MFA, or Multi-Factor Authentication.  This additional layer of security helps protect your sensitive private and financial information.

You'll find information to help you setup MFA by clicking here  or going to:

Can't Log Into SSC?  

If you don't know your VIP ID to sign into SSC, you must contact USCA Records at 803-641-3550 for assistance.

If you receive an error stating that your VIP ID hasn't yet been claimed, try re-claiming your VIP ID by completing the form at:

If you can't remember your VIP ID/SSC password, complete this form to reset the password:


Blackboard is where you'll do all of your online course work.

You log into Blackboard using your USC Network Username and Password.  To set this username and password:

  • Go to
  • Go to the Students tab and click the "View my ID's" link under the PERSONAL section
  • Log into SSC
  • You'll be shown your Network Username
  • Click the Manage Password button beside it to set your password.  Pay close attention to the password restrictions.
  • Once you've set that password, you should be able to log into Blackboard within 5-minutes.

Blackboard can be accessed at: or by clicking the link at the bottom of the USCA home page.

Do you need to take a Math Placement test?  

Most students attending USC Aiken for the first time are placed in their first mathematics course according to their ACT or SAT math scores.

If you are not exempt from taking the Math Placement test, log into Blackboard to access the test. Then click "USC Aiken Math Placement Test" under My Organizations on the right-side of the Blackboard screen.

USC Aiken's Math Department has provided helpful information to determine if you require the test:

More assistance is available at:


PacerStudent Account:

PacerStudent accounts are used to log into all local campus resources, including: email, lab computers, wi-fi, PacerPrint printing, Pulse Secure VPN (used to access the campus remotely), Impulse SafeConnect (used to connect to the campus network from a personal computer) and any website ending with a domain name.

When setting your PacerStudent up for the first time using the link below, please keep two things in mind:

  1. When asked to enter your "User name" please enter your PacerStudent Username. For instance if your email address is then you'd enter just JoeSomebody
  2. Passwords work best when they begin with a letter not a number.

To set your PacerStudent Password go to:

Your PacerStudent Username will be the same as your USC Network/Blackboard Username.  However, your password is different and must be set separately.

When prompted for your Old Password, enter the last 5-digits of your VIP ID followed by USCA#  For example, if the last 5-digits of your VIP ID Number are 12345, then your Old Password would be entered as: 12345USCA#

Now choose your New Password.  Be sure to follow the password requirements as listed on the page.  For simplicity sake we suggest simply setting this password to the same one you chose earlier for the USC Network/Blackboard Password.

Ensure you remember your PacerStudent password, you will need it every day as a student.


Student Email (Office 365):

USCA uses Microsoft Office 365 for Student email.  Your account with Office 365 offers email, calendar, instant messaging, 1TB of OneDrive storage, access to online versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and the ability to install the full Office package on up to five devices...all FREE as long as you're a student at USCA.

To log into your email account, simply click the Student Email link at the bottom of the USCA website or go to:

For username, enter your PacerStudent Username (the same one you use to log into campus computers and wi-fi) followed by  For example, if your PacerStudent Username is doejr then your Office 365 username is

For your password, also enter the same password as the one you set for your PacerStudent account.

During your first login, you'll be asked to set your Time Zone.  Eastern Time is the 16th from the top of the list.

You'll then be taken directly to your Inbox and can begin using your Student email.

Remember, your USCA Student email address will be your PacerStudent Username plus  For example,

Previously use an, or an email from another SC campus such as or  You'll need to setup forwarding from the old account to your new account to ensure you don't miss any emails. It's easy to do. Just follow the instructions here:

Need Additional Help with Email?  

Unable to log into your student email account for the first time? Want to setup Student Email on your mobile device? We've created a list of help and troubleshooting steps to help work through any problems:


What's Next?

Don't forget to setup Multifactor Authentication (MFA)!  If you haven't already setup MFA go back up to the MFA section and complete the setup before proceeding.

Now that you have all your USCA Student accounts setup, it's a good time to familiarize yourself with each.  Have a look around each system and let us know if you have a question.

If you already know your instructor's email address it's also a good time to send them an email from your new student email account to ensure they have the correct address when classes begin.

If you run into any issues just contact the Help Desk for assistance.  Be sure to identify yourself as a New USCA Student and let us know if you have previously attended any other USC campuses, so we can assist you as quickly as possible.

8am - 8pm Monday -Thursday
8am - 5pm Friday
Closed Saturday - Sunday
Closed Campus Holidays

The Help Desk is located in B&E Suite 238
803-641-3391 from non-campus phones
x4357 from campus phones

After-Hours Outage Reporting
Call or Text 803-265-5266