The University of South Carolina Aiken, a senior institution in the University of South Carolina system, has again been ranked #1 among top regional public colleges in the South in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report's guide, "America's Best Colleges." Since U.S. News & World Report created this ranking category, USCA has been ranked #1 fourteen times, and has been ranked in the top three public regional colleges every year. 

USC Aiken has also been named the #1 regional college in the South for veterans by U.S. News and World Report in its 2019 rankings of the "Best Colleges for Veterans" to help veterans pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members. This is the fifth year in a row that USCA has been ranked #1 in this category.

USC Aiken offers bachelor's and master's degrees to more than 3,600 students in forty-seven programs of study. Approximately 500 students graduate each year. USC Aiken embodies its “focused on you!” commitment by providing many of the offerings of a large university on a small, friendly campus with intimate class sizes and personal attention.

The Department of English has been a key ingredient in USC Aiken's formula for success. In addition to the English Major, the Department of English offers minors in Creative Writing and Professional Writing. Programs administered by the department include Broken Ink, the USCA literary magazine, and The Oswald Review, an international journal of undergraduate research and criticism in the discipline of English. But our highest profile program is the James and Mary Oswald Distinguished Writers Series, which was established in 1985. Since then, the series has brought dozens of the most accomplished American writers of fiction and poetry to the USCA campus and introduced those writers to thousands of USCA students and faculty, and members of the Aiken community.

Details for the 2018-2019 edition of the writers series appear below: