Why was I offered provisional admission?

Provisional Admission is offered to a select group of students who did not meet USC Aiken's minimum requirements for admission, but showed potential to be a successful college student. If you have questions concerning your recommendation to First PACE, please contact Mr. Andrew Hendrix in the Admissions Office at 803-641-3366.

What does provisional admission mean?

A student accepted through provisional admission has not met regular admissions requirements. However, the student has shown the potential to be academically successful at USCA, if provided with academic and other support services, during their first year at the university.

A student will then be allowed to potentially enroll in up to two semesters through the First PACE program in order to demonstrate their academic ability and be granted full admission to USCA during the next academic year.

Provisional admission requires active participation in First PACE. Students who commit to and successfully complete all program requirements will transition into full regular admission status at the beginning of their second year at USC Aiken.

Each student accepted through provisional admission is given an opportunity to advance to regular admission by successfully completing the First PACE academic transition program. However, it is the responsibility of the student to commit to the program and successfully complete program requirements. If a student fails to complete the program requirements of First PACE, they will not be granted regular admission and an administrative hold will be placed on their academic record which will prevent them from registering in future semesters.

What are the benefits for participating in First PACE?

First PACE addresses some of the major issues students struggle with as they transition from high school to college. The benefit from participating in the program is the supportive network of faculty, staff and students, the intensive academic preparation and having a designated person to link them to academic resources, mentors and to each other. Through this program, students in First PACE have access to courses and activities that are only offered to First PACE participants and are introduced to college success techniques, study skills and strategies, academic resources, mentoring, and community events.

What happens if I do not return my First PACE contract and essay by the required date?

If the contract and essay are not received by the required confirmation date, placement in First PACE will not be guaranteed AND the student may lose their offer of provisional admission to the University of South Carolina Aiken. If this occurs, the student will not be able to enroll at the university. Spaces are limited and final acceptance into First PACE is based upon receipt of the First PACE contract and essay by the specified confirmation date AND if spaces are still available.

What level of commitment is expected from me?

Your level of commitment to First PACE, is your expression of commitment to your own personal success. All First PACErs are expected to actively participate in the program requirements outlined in the First PACE contract.

First PACE is a one-year program which includes a participation commitment during both the Fall and Spring semesters. Each First PACE student is given an opportunity to advance to regular admission by successfully completing the First PACE academic transition program. However, it is the responsibility of the student to commit to the program and successfully complete program requirements. If a student fails to complete the program requirements of First PACE, they will not be granted regular admission and an administrative hold will be placed on their academic record which will prevent them from registering in future semesters.

Can I choose any major while in First PACE?

Yes! First PACE students can choose any major offered at USC Aiken.

If you are uncertain of the major that you would like to pursue, First PACE provides activities in collaboration with the Office of Career Services to assist you in identifying the academic program that best fits your interests.

How will First PACE track my academic progress?

Your academic progress will be tracked by your midterm evaluation, collaborative meetings with professors connected to the program, one-on-one meetings with the First PACE advisor and through review of the end of the semester grades after both fall and spring semesters.

If, at any point, a student’s academic performance suggests that they may be at-risk of not meeting First PACE requirements, additional support services will be identified to address specific academic and personal needs.

How will I be notified of my progress in First PACE towards regular admission?

You will have regular meetings throughout each semester with your First PACE advisor to discuss the academic progress items listed above.

One week after final semester grades are made available, an official electronic notification will be mailed to your official university email address to inform you of your academic status in First PACE and progression at USC Aiken.

Are there any additional academic resources available for First PACErs besides the resources that are directly connected to the program?

As a member of the USC Aiken community, you will have access to and are encouraged to utilize all campus resources to assist you with your academic success along with the resources that will be available for you through the program. However, these additional resources and services will not be substituted for your First PACE requirements.

Will you share my academic progress with my parents/guardians?

Only if both you and your parent/guardian complete a Parental Affidavit for Release of Information Form. Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), information cannot be released without this official documentation.

If I am a provisional admit student, can I be eligible for the South Carolina LIFE scholarship?

Yes, if you successfully complete 30 semester credit hours and earn a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA by the end of your freshman year. Your freshman academic year includes the fall, spring, and summer semesters.