What are the requirements of First PACE?

A student admitted through First PACE is eligible (not guaranteed) for advancement to regular admission after completing the following requirements:

  1. Attend Summer Orientation and designated First PACE sessions during Summer Orientation
    1. Additional information will be provided to participants
  2. Complete Math Placement Exam (before attending Summer Orientation)
  3. Attend Freshman Convocation
  4. Develop and follow personalized Academic Success Plan
  5. Enroll in and successfully complete the Fall Courses listed below with a grade of C or higher:
    1. First-Year Seminar (AFYS 101)
    2. English 101 (ENGL 101)
    3. Math (course selected after taking the Math Placement exam)
    4. Critical Inquiry (AFCI 101)
  6. Enroll in a maximum of 15 semester hours during the Fall semester
  7. Spring enrollment hours may be up to 16 semester hours. The approval of Spring hours is dependent upon a student’s Fall GPA. Students are required to enroll in the following Spring courses:
    1. English 102 (ENGL 102)
    2. Math (course selected based upon each student’s program of study)
  8. Attend a minimum of 3 hours of tutoring per week in the Fall and Spring semesters
  9. Participate in advising appointments and mentoring activities in the Fall and Spring semesters
  10. Earn a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester
    1. Students earning below a 2.0 during the Fall semester, may not be eligible to progress into the Spring semester.
  11. Receive approval from academic advisor before making any academic program decisions

Previous program research has shown that even students with a 3.0 GPA or higher often experience decreases in their GPAs and academic performance when they do not participate in First PACE services during the Spring semester. Therefore, First PACE students earning a 3.0 or higher in the Fall semester will be required to continue to participate in program activities to encourage continued academic commitment.

We hope that you will choose to attend the University of South Carolina Aiken’s First PACE program and take advantage of this unique and supportive opportunity! For more information about the First PACE program, contact Dr. Stacie Williams, Director, Successful Transition and Readiness Programs at (803) 641-3321 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..