First Pace Program

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The First Pace Program: Promoting Academic Excellence program at USC Aiken is designed to help first-year students develop or improve their academic skills, while providing opportunities to get connected to the university and develop relationships with other students, faculty, and staff.

First Pace is a special learning community offered during the fall semester, and available only to first-year students who are invited to participate in the program when they are accepted to USC Aiken. Space in the First Pace program is limited. If you are invited to participate, please postmark and return your contract by May 31st if you are planning to join First Pace for the fall.

First Pace Program Details

  • First Pace students attend one of the first two Freshman Orientation sessions. During orientation, they meet with their First Pace Academic Advisor, and enroll in designated sections of English 101 (AEGL 101) and First-Year Seminar (AFYS 101).
  • Before classes begin, First Pace students participate in a workshop designed to help them begin developing an Academic Success Plan.
  • During the fall semester, First Pace students complete specific academic requirements.
  • Throughout the semester, students visit their First Pace Academic Advisor to make sure they are making progress toward their academic success.

For more information about the First Pace program, contact the Academic Success Center at (803) 641-3297 or email