Welcome to the Thrive Guide, and welcome to USC Aiken! We are glad you're here! Explore the information on this Thrive Guide site to learn all the ins and outs of USC Aiken.
The campus resources and support services below offer the help students need to be happy, healthy, and successful during their college careers.
Academic Success Resources
The mission of the Writing Center is to provide an open teaching and learning environment for the collaborative discussion of writing so that students may become more aware and independent writers. The Writing Center is staffed by students from a range of disciplines and professional tutors from the English department. Writing consultants are formally trained to provide feedback during all phases of the writing process. Because the Writing Center focuses on student learning, awareness, and independence, consultants do not edit drafts. Rather, consultants are trained to help students become better editors and proofreaders of their own drafts.
Besides taking advantage of tutoring services, students may also come to the Writing Center to study, use a computer, print assignments, or peruse books and guides related to writing. Located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building in Room 112, the Writing Center is available to all students free of charge. To make an appointment, come by in person or call 803-641-3262. Although appointments are recommended to guarantee a session, drop-ins are also welcome. Workshops on various writing topics are also provided on a rotating basis throughout the semester.
The Math Lab, located on the first floor of the Gregg-Graniteville Library, is part of the Department of Math & Computer Sciences and is here to provide the academic support you need to be successful in your USC Aiken math courses. The Math Lab is staffed by peer tutors who provide individual tutoring and small group study sessions. The best part is that Math Lab tutoring is free!
The Gregg-Graniteville Library strives to provide the academic community with the information required for intellectual, professional, and personal development. The library has many books, and you can also request many more through the interlibrary loan system. In addition to checking out books, the library offers multiple services for students. If you have a research or citation question, you can contact one of the qualified reference librarians for help. You can also use the library as a study space. Individual study rooms are available for your use upstairs, or you can study in the Learning Commons area located downstairs.
Incoming freshman have to complete 16 ICE credits while at USC Aiken in order to graduate. It is recommended students complete two credits per semester. Transfer students will have to complete a number of Ice events based on how many academic hours they have already completed.
You must bring your USC Aiken ID to ICE events. It will need to be scanned when entering and exiting the event in order to receive credit. To make sure you’ve received credit, check Degree Works Report in SCC or speak to your advisor.
Student Involvement Resources
Health and Wellness Resources
USC Aiken offers the Wellness Center (the gym), the natatorium (6-lane pool), intramurals, group fitness classes, a sauna, and club sports. Lockers are available to keep your stuff locked up and showers to freshen up. This is all free to you. To activate your membership, stop by the Wellness Center with a copy of your class schedule.
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The Student Health Center (SHC) can provide assessment, treatment, and referral for common health issues, free of charge to current students. You can call the SHC at 803-641-2840.
The Counseling Center offers counseling services to full-time and part-time students free of charge. The Counseling Center is available to address a variety of concerns. Please contact them and tell them what's on your mind. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, call the Counseling Center at (803) 641-3609 or stop by the Student and Educational Support Building, Suite 107, during office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
This Pacer Shoppe is a great place to get the textbooks and course materials student's need. They also sell UofSC merchandise to show off Pacer pride.
Police officers work with the campus community in a cooperative policing effort to prevent crime from occurring and to respond and provide assistance to victims once crime has occurred. Uniformed officers provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. These services include: emergency response to crimes in progress and life threatening incidents, foot patrol, bike patrol, escort services, and limited parking lot assistance (unlock cars and jump starts). Also, all officers are certified Medical First Responders. They also are responsible for administrative services such as providing student ID’s and parking decals.
The Registrar's Office is located in the Penland Administration Building Room 109 and is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Their purpose is to assist, direct, and provide accurate information related to records and registration and other areas related to student course enrollment. If you have any questions about course registration, graduation requirements, or requesting a minor, contact the Registrar's Office at 803-648-6851.
The Financial Aid Office is located in Penland 102. Their phone number is 803-641-3476. If you have questions about your scholarships or paying your tuition, this is the office you contact.
The Veteran and Military Student Success Center is a center for your success if you are a member of the military or if you are part of a military family. The center is your one-stop place on campus for answering your questions as they relate to your service, benefits, education, and career choices. The VMSSC is also a place to meet and connect with, hang out, or study with other students who share your similar life experience. The Veteran and Military Student Success Center is open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.