Welcome to Successful Transition and Readiness (STAR) programs!

We are happy to announce the development of STAR programs specifically designed for first generation college students. The University of South Carolina Aiken is proud to introduce these opportunities to our current and future first generation college students. 

Who is a first generation college student? 

At the University of South Carolina Aiken, a first generation college student is a student whose parents or guardians have not completed a two-year or four-year college degree. And, at USC Aiken, a first generation college student is known as an ACE!

It is an exciting opportunity to be the first in your family to complete a college degree! The STAR program staff members and mentors are dedicated to making your experience with our program a success.

How many first generation college students attend USC Aiken?

Approximately, 40% of USC Aiken students are first generation college students.

How can current and future students become involved in STAR First Generation College Student Programs?


As we develop new programs dedicated to first generation college students, we would like to hear your input on what you desire and need most from STAR programs to make your transition into (for new students) and progression to graduation (for continuing students) at USC Aiken an enjoyable and successful experience.

To sign-up to become a member of the ACE Club and receive information about first-generation college student programming at USC Aiken, click on the link below.

ACE Club