University of South Carolina Aiken

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$10,398
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$12,689
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
6.32%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
55.9%
3,055 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
3,944
74.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
41.1%
244 Graduates

About

University of South Carolina Aiken is a higher education institution located in Aiken County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of South Carolina Aiken were General Business Administration & Management (147 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (89 degrees), and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (61 degrees).

In 2020, 642 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of South Carolina Aiken. 65.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (408 degrees), 3.02 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (135 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina Aiken is $10,398, which is $−18,002 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of South Carolina Aiken is $10,398, which is $−18,002 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $12,689.

In 2020, 77% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 51% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,398
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at University of South Carolina Aiken was $10,398. The cost of tuition at University of South Carolina Aiken is $−18,002 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$12,689
2020 Value
15.6%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 University of South Carolina Aiken had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $12,689. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of University of South Carolina Aiken grew by 15.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,560
Room and Board
$1,240
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of South Carolina Aiken was of $8,560 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,240. The cost of room and board increased by 3.94% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 27.3% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

77%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

77% of undergraduate students at University of South Carolina Aiken received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 5.48% with respect to 2019, when 73% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
6.32%
2018 Default Rate
57
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at University of South Carolina Aiken was 6.32%, which represents 57 out of the 902 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 3,055 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 10.1% annual growth. Out of those 3,055 applicants, 1,707 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 55.9% acceptance rate.

There were 3,944 students enrolled at University of South Carolina Aiken in 2020, and 74% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of South Carolina Aiken has an overall enrollment yield of 31.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

55.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
1,707
Accepted Out of 3,055

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of South Carolina Aiken was 55.9% (1,707 admissions from 3,055 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 55.7%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 10.1%, while admissions grew by 10.3%.

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SAT Scores

74%
Submission Percentage
398
Scores Submitted

74% of enrolled first-time students at University of South Carolina Aiken in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of South Carolina Aiken has a total enrollment of 3,944 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina Aiken is 2,939 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,005. This means that 74.5% 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 61.1% White, 23.8% Black or African American, 5.68% Hispanic or Latino, 4.79% Two or More Races, 1.19% Asian, 0.152% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.127% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of South Carolina Aiken in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (37.3%), followed by White Male (22.2%) and Black or African American Female (17.9%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (34.8%), followed by White Female (27.7%) and Black or African American Female (15.6%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

74.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of South Carolina Aiken, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,944 students. The full-time enrollment at University of South Carolina Aiken is 2,939 and the part-time enrollment is 1,005. This means that 74.5% of students enrolled at University of South Carolina Aiken are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

66%
2020 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 66%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), 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
  1. White
    2,409
  2. Black or African American
    940
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    224

The enrolled student population at University of South Carolina Aiken is 61.1% White, 23.8% Black or African American, 5.68% Hispanic or Latino, 4.79% Two or More Races, 1.19% Asian, 0.152% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.127% 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 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 61 students (1.55%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 202 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 (408 degrees awarded). There were 3.02 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (135 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of South Carolina Aiken is General Business Administration & Management (147 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (89 degrees) and Kinesiology & Exercise Science (61 degrees).

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 (61 degrees awarded), Communications (33 degrees), and Biology (45 degrees).

Workforce

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 Physicians (411,888 people), Other managers (300,559 people), Postsecondary teachers (240,463 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (229,270 people), and Secondary school teachers (203,475 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina Aiken are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (61 degrees awarded), Communications (33 degrees), Biology (45 degrees), English (15 degrees), and Math & Statistics (13 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

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 Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Physicians, Architectural & engineering managers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina Aiken are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (61 degrees awarded), Communications (33 degrees), Biology (45 degrees), English (15 degrees), and Math & Statistics (13 degrees).

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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 (620,596 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (587,801 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (550,983 people), Computer Systems Design (255,895 people), and Offices of physicians (234,273 people).

The most specialized majors at University of South Carolina Aiken are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (61 degrees awarded), Communications (33 degrees), Biology (45 degrees), English (15 degrees), and Math & Statistics (13 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 147 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 89 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 61 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of South Carolina Aiken was General Business Administration & Management with 147 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

220
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
422
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 220 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina Aiken, which is 0.521 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (422).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 116 degrees were awarded to men at University of South Carolina Aiken in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.26 times more than the 92 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 92 degrees were awarded to women at University of South Carolina Aiken in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.793 times less than the 116 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

20%
100% Completion Time
40%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 20% 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, 40% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 43% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of South Carolina Aiken is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 2.05% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    408 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    135 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    29 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of South Carolina Aiken is white (408 degrees awarded). There were 3.02 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (135 degrees).

2.34% of degree recipients (15 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    269 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    139 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    98 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of South Carolina Aiken is white female (269 degrees awarded). There were 1.94 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (139 degrees).

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Operations

University of South Carolina Aiken has an endowment valued at nearly $27M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $245k (0.908%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, University of South Carolina Aiken had a total salary expenditure of $58.9M. University of South Carolina Aiken employs 52 Associate professors, 43 Assistant professors, and 33 Instructors. Most academics at University of South Carolina Aiken are Female Associate professors (30), Female Assistant professors(26), and Male Associate professors (22).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina Aiken are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 51 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 48 employees, and Management with 43 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$27M
2020 Endowment
1.42%
decline from 2019

University of South Carolina Aiken has an endowment valued at about $27M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of University of South Carolina Aiken declined 1.42% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $12.9M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.79M - Federal
  2. $8.03M - State
  3. $4.81k - Local

As of 2020, University of South Carolina Aiken received $4.79M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $8.03M from state grants and contracts, and $4.81k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$26M
2020 Salaries
4.79%
growth from 2019

In 2020, University of South Carolina Aiken paid a median of $26M in salaries, which represents 44.2% of their overall expenditure ($58.9M) and a 4.79% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.29% growth from 2018 and a 1.63% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$10.5M
Instructional Salaries
158
Number of Employees

In 2020, University of South Carolina Aiken paid a total of $10.5M to 158 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
52 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
51 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of South Carolina Aiken were Associate professor with 52 employees; Assistant professor with 43 employees; and Assistant professor with 33 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of South Carolina Aiken were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 51 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 48 employees; and Management with 43 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of South Carolina Aiken was Female Associate professor with 30 employees, Female Assistant professor with 26 employees, and Male Associate 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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