USC Aiken Offers Benefits for Qualified Florida Residents
The University of South Carolina (USC) Aiken, while a member of a state system, is a separately accredited and independently operated 4-year university offering bachelors and master’s degrees. USC Aiken is consistently ranked as a best college (often #1 in the South) by U.S. News & World Report. For 2020, USC Aiken is ranked in a record seven different categories! This ranking gives you assurance that being at USC Aiken will be rewarding, academically challenging, and fun — all at the same time. As a small-sized university, USC Aiken faculty and staff provide individual attention both inside and outside the classroom, and focus on preparing you to become active members of the national and international community. Where Is Aiken? Aiken is located in the beautiful and growing area of southwest South Carolina. The location is a short 20 minutes from Georgia and an easy drive to get to mountains, beaches, and many other recreational activities. The City of Aiken is consistently rated one of the safest cities in the state. What Benefits Do Floridians Get? USC Aiken offers a scholarship program for those who graduate from Florida high schools with a strong grade point average and test scores. For those who qualify, USC Aiken will offer a scholarship which includes a waiver of more than $10,500 per year in tuition! The scholarship allows U.S. citizens who are residents of Florida the opportunity to pay South Carolina in-state tuition rates. This great savings provides you with access to a highly ranked college education at a very affordable price. Athletics and Student Life USC Aiken is a highly competitive member of the NCAA Division II. The University offers 10 sports for men and women; many of those teams have recently played for national championships. Men’s basketball and women’s volleyball have both recently been in the Final Four, baseball has been ranked #1 in the country, and men’s golf is consistently ranked as a top ten team in the nation. USC Aiken athletes excel on the fields and courts as well as in the classroom. These athletes’ grade point average often exceeds that of the overall student body! The University offers more than 100 clubs in which you can participate. These organizations run the gamut from academic to social to religious to artistic. Additionally, the University sponsors both club and intramural sports for those who are not quite at the NCAA level. You’ll find tons of opportunities at USC Aiken! Living On Campus at USC Aiken The University provides the newest housing on campus for freshmen! These apartment and suite style rooms will provide you with all the amenities you could want plus you will only ever have a maximum of one roommate. The University’s housing area also includes an amazing swimming pool, sand volleyball court, and numerous other opportunities to participate in a great community. As a freshman, you are guaranteed on-campus housing and, in fact, many students choose to live on campus for all four years! Academic Life at USC Aiken The USC Aiken ad in this publication will provide you with an overall list of majors from which you can choose. Faculty at USC Aiken genuinely love teaching undergraduate students. The faculty hold the highest degrees in their fields and most have significant professional experience. Unlike many other universities, USC Aiken provides opportunities for undergraduate research experience in the University’s labs as well as the ability to obtain internships in your chosen field. What’s New for You at Aiken? In the last few years, the University has added degrees in engineering, clinical laboratory science, computer science, applied gaming, and cyber security. These, in combination with other majors, provide you with an opportunity to maximize your potential and find a successful career upon graduation. What’s Your Next Step? If you are a senior, there is still time to apply to USC Aiken and be considered for a great scholarship. You can go to usca.edu/apply to complete the application. Once admitted, you are automatically considered for university scholarships. If you wish to visit campus, please register at usca.edu/visit so you and your family can be welcomed. The campus visit is a great opportunity to meet current students, tour campus, and get all of your questions answered. If You Read Nothing Else... USC Aiken is a nationally ranked public university which is committed to providing residents of Florida with an outstanding, affordable, and amazing college education. Do not miss this great opportunity! For more information, call Christina Scott (our Florida enrollment counselor) at (803) 522-2188.