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Jeremy Smith
" I am an athlete here at USC Aiken. The professors work well with me, and understand that I am going to miss class occasionally. They take time to explain to me the things I missed. USC Aiken is the place for me. "

- Jeremy Smith , Business Administration major

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Did You Know?
USC Aiken has some of the best professional schools in South Carolina. All three - business, nursing, and education - have received the highest level of accreditation possible. This means more opportunities for you to learn from the best and brightest the University has to offer.

Dalisha Williams
"USC Aiken has the best faculty around! Professors and advisors really have your best interest in mind and will always work with you."

- Dalisha Williams, Middle School Education major

Aaron Doctor
"USC Aiken has so much to offer. Whether it’s Greek life, student activities, athletics, honor societies, or residential life, our campus is full of opportunities and ways to become involved."

- Aaron Doctor, Exercise and Sports Science major

John Ellis
"USCA has many different students from many different backgrounds, but one thing that ties us all together is the campus atmosphere. When I left high school I was scared that I was not going to meet anyone that would be as good as my friends back home. Within my first couple of days at USCA, I had more friends than I have ever had before."

- John Ellis, Communications major

TJ Langford
"During the course of my freshman and sophomore years, I was a resident in the Pacer Downs. When I first met my roommate my freshman year, we became the best of friends from the get-go. We found out that we were so much alike in many ways. We connected like brothers, and we are still roommates today during our junior year. "

- Anthony (T.J.) Langford, Communications major

TJ Johnston
"Getting involved in Greek Life and participating in intramural sports is a great way to meet new people. I have participated in every intramural sport offered, and it has helped me stay active. "

- TJ Johnston, Business Marketing major

Chris Brown
"Working on campus is a great opportunity for students at USC Aiken. You have the chance to meet so many faculty and staff members and see what happens behind the scenes here at school. Your job will also work around your class schedule because they always put academics first. "

- Chris Brown, Fine Arts major

Jessica Walters
"Through the wide variety of classes and clubs, USCA offers a little something for everyone. Its small class sizes, charm, and personal professors make it the perfect choice."

- Jessica Walters, Nursing major

Thomas Mcleod
"As a sophomore at USCA, I have really enjoyed the college classroom setting. Since the class sizes aren’t too big, I can always get help from professors anytime I’m in need."

- Thomas Mcleod, Exercise and Sports Science major

Alyssa Gadsden
"Attending USC Aiken has been a great experience for me. From the campus events to classes and to housing, we are a like a family – a home away from home."

- Alyssa Gadsden, Chemistry major

Alesha Jones
"I love attending USC Aiken because I feel as if am in a family oriented environment. What I love most about is its location, the independence you gain from attending, and our Pacer spirit!"

- Alesha Jones, Communications major

Dana Hallat
"I never thought I would meet people from all around the world on such a small campus. You can find the best of both worlds: the advantages of a big campus in a small, friendlier environment."

- Dana Hailat, Biology (pre-dental) major

Step 1 - Self Service Carolina (SSC)

Updated: Wed Nov 27 13:33:52 EST 2013

The information found on this page is only for USCA Students newly admitted into the USC University System for Fall 2013 who will be attending the USCA campus.  If you are a Current USCA Student or transferring in from another campus within the USC University System, this information is not for you; you'll be notified when you need to switch to the new systems and instructions will be provided at that time.

As we continue the transition to new systems and services for students, we are aware of the confusion the changes may cause.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the USCA Computer Services Help Desk at 803-641-3391 (non-campus phones) or 4357 (campus phones), or by email at

Self Service Carolina (SSC)

You'll manage most of your university business through the Self Service Carolina (SSC) website.  SSC is where you'll: complete enrollment steps, register for classes, view grades, review financial aid information and pay your bill.  To access SSC, you'll need two pieces of information: your VIP ID and the last four digits of your USC ID.

What are your VIP ID and USC ID?

Your VIP ID is an 8-digit number used as a username to log into various university websites.

Your USC ID is a 10-digit alpha-numeric ID created for you by the university.  It is used for various purposes within your Student Record and the last four digits of this ID are used to initially help set your VIP ID Password.

Both your VIP ID and your USC ID can be found on your acceptance letter.  They will both be used to set your VIP ID Password.

Set your VIP ID Password...

Go to:

Locate the Admitted for Fall 2013 options and click "Set Your VIP ID Password".

Scroll down to the options at the bottom of the page and click "I am a new user who had never used my VIP ID and need to establish my password".

Complete all fields of the form.

Don't forget to enter the 6-letter code at the bottom.

Click "Continue" on the lower-right side of the screen.

You'll then be asked to create two security questions.

Once you've created your security questions, click "Continue".

You then set your VIP ID Password.  Pay close attention to the password requirements. Be sure not to forget this password, you'll need it repeatedly as a USCA student.

Log into Self Service Carolina...

To access Self Service Carolina (SSC), return to the page and click "Self Service Carolina (SSC)"from the menu links on the left of the page.

The Self Service Carolina (SSC) screen will be shown.  Click "Sign In".

Enter your VIP ID and VIP Password into the SC Authentication System login screen.

If this is your first time logging into SSC, you'll be shown your USC Network Username and asked to set your Network Password.  Your Network Username and Password are used for accessing email, logging into Blackboard and taking Placement Tests.

Be sure to write down or memorize your Network Username before leaving the page.

Set your Network Password as requested paying special attention to the Password Restrictions.  Be sure to remember this password.

What's Next?

Now that you have your USC Network Username and Password you can use those to continue the account setup process by setting up your Email Account.