About the First-Year Experience


Welcome to USC Aiken and to the beginning of your First-Year Experience! As you begin this exciting and sometimes overwhelming experience, it is important to know there are a number of opportunities and services available to help you make a successful transition. One very important resource is this website. We hope you will use it to learn more about the campus resources available to help you achieve academic success during your first year at USC Aiken and beyond!

What is the First-Year Experience?
At USC Aiken, the First-Year Experience includes a wide-variety of programs specifically for students in their first year of college. Select any of the links below to find out more about what the First-Year Experience at USC Aiken offers.

AFYS 101 (The First-Year Seminar)

This 1-credit hour course assists students as they transition to the USCA community and provides the tools and strategies they need to have a successful undergraduate experience.

First Year Advising

This program pairs a specially trained faculty or staff member with an entering first-year student for the duration of the student's first year.

Freshman Convocation and the First-Year Reading Experience

Freshman Convocation consists of two parts: a ceremony that marks the beginning of the academic year and a book discussion with the author of Anatomy of Injustice : A Murder Case Gone Wrong by Raymond Bonner, the 2016 selection for the First-Year Reading Experience. All USCA freshmen are required to participate in the Freshman Convocation.

Learning Communities

Learning communities provide first-year students with an opportunity to take classes that are linked together and include information related to the learning community theme.