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As a student at the University of SCA, you’ll be grabbing the chance to achieve your academic dreams and receive a job offer in your field. This university is a 4-year, public institution, awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to its graduates. The student population is 3,720 and, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1, you shouldn’t have any problem getting time with your professor if you have any problems in your classes.

Overview of University of South Carolina Aiken

You may have visited the campus or seen pictures and it’s easy to get from one area to the next—even though it’s a bigger campus physically. With two dormitories, University of South Carolina offers campus housing to all of its students.

You might find, once you visit, that it’s easy to see yourself living here. You can take a walk across campus from the dorms. You’ll see the campus bookstore close by. The campus is separated from the convention center by a long road.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 14:1
Graduation Rate 39%
Year Founded 1961

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,720


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,138
Female 2,114

Graduate Student

Male 164
Female 304

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Male 944
Female 1,831


Male 519
Female 1,025

Acceptance Rate56%

Male 55%
Female 56%

Enrollment 559

Male 201
Female 358
Application Fee $45
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline July 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Going to college isn’t cheap but the plan is to get a degree and a career out of it. The price your family will see when they look for the total cost of your education is the sticker price; this consists of tuition (in- or out-of-state), room and board, books, supplies, and other various costs. The total cost is around $22,700.

However, you likely won’t have to pay the full amount. Colleges and universities also track what is called the average net price, which is the total cost of college after student’s financial aid is applied. In a recent academic year, this was just $15,042 at the University of South Carolina Aiken. And, depending on where you fall on the spectrum of family incomes, you may pay more or less than this average, since that is what will determine how much financial aid you can receive. Families who earned less than $30,000 paid around $12,200, while families who earned more than $110,001 paid around $18,800.

Many freshman students qualified for aid in recent years and about 94% of the freshman student population received an average of $7,226 in financial aid. A smaller percentage (29%) received an average of $2,578 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $15,042
Average Total Aid $7,226
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $7,946

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $10,760
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $21,218
  • Books and Supplies - $1,240
  • Room & Board - $7,946
  • Other - $2,781


The most popular degree programs at the University of South Carolina Aiken are business, management, marketing and related support services; health professions and related programs; education; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; and biological and biomedical sciences. There are also many other options from which to choose.

The retention rate, which measures the percentage of first-year students who return to the campus for their second year of school, is 65%. The 4-year graduation rate is 21% and the 6-year graduation rate is 39%.

The student population is 3,720 and the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1. It’s always possible to make mistakes and end up with classes that conflict or perhaps you get an off-campus job that, it turns out, will take some of your afternoons. If you realize there are any conflicts like this in your schedule, you can meet with an academic advisor and review your options. Luckily, at USCA, you may have the option to take evening classes or register for online classes. If the classes had been required for your degree, this is a great option - after all, you don’t want to miss your graduation date.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,720

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 121 Total Graduates / 22%
Business Administration and Management, General 121 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 80 Total Graduates / 15%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 80 Graduates
All Education Majors 66 Total Graduates / 12%
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 23 Graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 17 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 9 Graduates
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 8 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 8 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 51 Total Graduates / 9%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 51 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 49 Total Graduates / 9%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 49 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 32%

Outcome & Salary

After graduation, the hope is that you will be able to start the job of your dreams or at least find your way to a reasonable steppingstone. Whether that is how it goes or not, graduates of the University of South Carolina Aiken earn an early-career salary of $44,800 and their mid-career salary is $79,800.

If you’re willing to read through the numbers, this would mean that a graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is $563,390 and their 20-year earnings potential is $1,361,390. If we then subtract the average 4-year cost of education, $60,168, we’ll see that this gives graduates a 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) of $503,222 and a 20-year ROI of $1,301,222.

On the other hand, high school graduates who go straight to work earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $44,800
College Grads Average Salary $56,339
College Grads Mid Career Salary $79,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $563,390
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,361,390
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $60,168
10 Year Projected ROI $503,222
20 Year Projected ROI $1,301,222
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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