University of South Carolina Aiken

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$10,398
2022 Average Net Price
$11,872
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
2.45%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
75.6%
2,453 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
3,840
68% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
42.4%
261 Graduates

About

University of South Carolina Aiken is a higher education institution located in Aiken County, SC. In 2022, the most popular Masters Degree concentrations at University of South Carolina Aiken were General Business Administration & Management (249 degrees awarded), Community Psychology (7 degrees), and Teacher Education & Professional Development (4 degrees).

In 2022, 810 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of South Carolina Aiken. 63.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (494 degrees), 2.45 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (202 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina Aiken is $10,398, which is $−17,932 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina Aiken is $10,398, which is $−17,932 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $11,872.

In 2022, 93% of undergraduate students attending University of South Carolina Aiken received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 46% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$10,398
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of South Carolina Aiken was $10,398. The cost of tuition at University of South Carolina Aiken is $−17,932 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$11,872
2022 Value
5.13%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of South Carolina Aiken had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $11,872. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of South Carolina Aiken grew by 5.13%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,630
Room and Board
$1,240
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of South Carolina Aiken was of $8,630 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.51% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,240. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

93%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
46%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

93% of undergraduate students at University of South Carolina Aiken received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 19.2% with respect to 2021, when 78% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.45%
2019 Default Rate
22
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of South Carolina Aiken was 2.45%, which represents 22 out of the 899 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of South Carolina Aiken received 2,453 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 35.7% annual growth. Out of those 2,453 applicants, 1,855 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75.6% acceptance rate.

There were 3,840 students enrolled at University of South Carolina Aiken in 2022. 36% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of South Carolina Aiken has an overall enrollment yield of 29.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
1,855
Accepted Out of 2,453

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of South Carolina Aiken was 75.6% (1,855 admissions from 2,453 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 83.5%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 35.7%, while admissions grew by 22.8%..

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SAT Scores

36%
Submission Percentage (2022)
198
Scores Submitted (2022)

36% of enrolled first-time students at University of South Carolina Aiken in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of South Carolina Aiken had a total enrollment of 3,840 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina Aiken is 2,610 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,230. This means that 68% of students enrolled at University of South Carolina Aiken are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of South Carolina Aiken, both undergraduate and graduate, is 62.2% White, 21.8% Black or African American, 7.11% Hispanic or Latino, 4.69% Two or More Races, 1.77% Asian, 0.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.026% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of South Carolina Aiken in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.9%), followed by White Male (24.7%) and Black or African American Female (15%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (38%), followed by Black or African American Female (21.5%) and White Male (16.5%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

68%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of South Carolina Aiken in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,840 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina Aiken is 2,610 and the part-time enrollment is 1,230. This means that 68% of students enrolled at University of South Carolina Aiken are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

60%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of South Carolina Aiken was 60%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), University of South Carolina Aiken had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,389 enrolled students
  2. Black or African American
    836 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    273 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of South Carolina Aiken is 62.2% White, 21.8% Black or African American, 7.11% Hispanic or Latino, 4.69% Two or More Races, 1.77% Asian, 0.13% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.026% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 27 students (0.703%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 212 more women than men received degrees from University of South Carolina Aiken. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of South Carolina Aiken is white (494 degrees awarded). There were 2.45 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (202 degrees).

The most common Masters Degree concentration at University of South Carolina Aiken is General Business Administration & Management (249 degrees awarded), followed by Community Psychology (7 degrees) and Teacher Education & Professional Development (4 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at University of South Carolina Aiken, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (55 degrees awarded), Business (372 degrees), and History (8 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of South Carolina Aiken are Accountants & auditors (1,063,012 people), Other managers (858,286 people), Financial managers (526,741 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (440,754 people), and Chief executives & legislators (438,489 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina Aiken in 2022 are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (55 degrees awarded), Business (372 degrees), History (8 degrees), English (12 degrees), and Psychology (41 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of South Carolina Aiken are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina Aiken are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (55 degrees awarded), Business (372 degrees), History (8 degrees), English (12 degrees), and Psychology (41 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of South Carolina Aiken are Elementary & secondary schools (1,187,068 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (704,346 people), Computer Systems Design (623,994 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (570,752 people), and Banking & related activities (531,730 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina Aiken are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (55 degrees awarded), Business (372 degrees), History (8 degrees), English (12 degrees), and Psychology (41 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of South Carolina Aiken.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 123 degrees awarded
  2. 121 degrees awarded
  3. 55 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of South Carolina Aiken was General Business Administration & Management with 123 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

299
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
511
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 299 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina Aiken, which is 0.585 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (511).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 185 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina Aiken in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.989 times less than the 187 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 187 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina Aiken in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.01 times more than the 185 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

24%
100% Completion Time
41%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 24% of students graduating from University of South Carolina Aiken completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 41% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 44% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of South Carolina Aiken is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.92% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    494 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    202 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    34 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of South Carolina Aiken is white (494 degrees awarded). There were 2.45 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (202 degrees).

1.48% of degree recipients (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    292 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    202 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    148 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of South Carolina Aiken is white female (292 degrees awarded). There were 1.45 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (202 degrees).

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Operations

University of South Carolina Aiken has an endowment valued at nearly $30.5M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 14.6k (0.0479%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, University of South Carolina Aiken had a total salary expenditure of 65.6M. University of South Carolina Aiken employs 49 Associate professors, 39 Assistant professors and 37 Professors. Most academics at University of South Carolina Aiken are Female Associate professor (31), Male Professor (27), and Female Assistant professor (22).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina Aiken are: Office and Administrative Support, with 49 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 48 employees, and Management with 43 employees.

Endowment

$30.5M
2022 Endowment
16.6%
decline from 2021

University of South Carolina Aiken has an endowment valued at about $30.5M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of University of South Carolina Aiken declined 16.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $18.8M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$25.5M
2022 Salaries
1.97%
growth from 2021

In 2022, University of South Carolina Aiken paid a median of $25.5M in salaries, which represents 38.9% of their overall expenditure ($65.6M) and a 1.97% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$11.4M
Instructional Salaries
160
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of South Carolina Aiken paid a total of $11.4M to 160 employees working as instructors, which represents 44.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
49 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
49 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of South Carolina Aiken were Associate professor with 49 employees, Assistant professor with 39 employees, and Professor with 37 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina Aiken were Office and Administrative Support with 49 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 48 employees, and Management with 43 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of South Carolina Aiken was Female Associate professor with 31 employees, Male Professor with 27 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 22 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of South Carolina Aiken.

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