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University of South Carolina Aiken: Narrative Description


471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801-6309
Tel: (803)648-6851; 888-WOW-USCA
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of South Carolina System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1961. Setting: 453-acre suburban campus with easy access to Columbia. Endowment: $14.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $144,263. Educational spending 2003-04: $4666 per student. Total enrollment: 3,382. Faculty: 238 (144 full-time, 94 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,338 applied, 74% were admitted. 14% from top 10% of their high school class, 41% from top quarter, 77% from top half. 10 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,327 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 941 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 24 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 25% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 26% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at other units of the University of South Carolina System. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum SAT of 800 or ACT of 17, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $5472 full-time, $238 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,114 full-time, $480 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $170 full-time, $6 per semester hour part-time, $10 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $4250. College room only: $3000. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 53 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Pacesetters, Student Alumni Ambassadors, African-American Student Alliance, Pacer Union Board. Major annual events: Homecoming Week, leadership training events, Black History Month. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 680 college housing spaces available; 672 were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Gregg-Graniteville Library with 165,459 books, 26,566 microform titles, 745 serials, 915 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1 million. 450 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Aiken, population c. 24,929, is the seat of Aiken County and is about 17 miles from Augusta, Georgia.

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