University of South Carolina Aiken: Narrative Description
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN G-6
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801-6309
Tel: (803)648-6851; 888-WOW-USCA
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.usca.edu/
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.
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.
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.
Aiken, population c. 24,929, is the seat of Aiken County and is about 17 miles from Augusta, Georgia.
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