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University of South Carolina Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to University of South Carolina, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is December 1 and the fee for the application costs $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 21.

University of South Carolina Admissions Stats at a Glance

University of South Carolina 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 28%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 65%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 38%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to University of South Carolina?

University of South Carolina does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is October 15, which is coming up fast! University of South Carolina will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into University of South Carolina

Getting into University of South Carolina is moderately difficult. University of South Carolina evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, University of South Carolina accepted 69% of all applicants, around 21,464 of the 31,268 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like University of South Carolina, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

In 2021, University of South Carolina waitlisted 2,588 students. Of those, 11 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does University of South Carolina Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at University of South Carolina

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

University of South Carolina 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to University of South Carolina must submit the following items. Double check with University of South Carolina's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of South Carolina?

Students admitted to University of South Carolina have an average unweighted GPA of 4.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 69.38% submitted a class rank. At University of South Carolina 28% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 58% were in the top 25% and 88% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of South Carolina, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 69.38%
3.75 and 3.99 14.49%
3.50 and 3.74 8.15%
3.25 and 3.49 4.73%
3.00 and 3.24 2.59%
2.50 and 2.9 0.74%
2.00 and 2.49 0.04%

University of South Carolina considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

University of South Carolina does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 65% of University of South Carolina's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 38% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

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Transferring to University of South Carolina

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to University of South Carolina.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is July 1.

Transfer students can enroll in University of South Carolina during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

University of South Carolina Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of South Carolina?

Students who are admitted to University of South Carolina must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does University of South Carolina accept transfer credits?

University of South Carolina accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of South Carolina accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES

Does University of South Carolina accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

University of South Carolina accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of South Carolina?

University of South Carolina is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is University of South Carolina's acceptance rate?

University of South Carolina's acceptance rate is 69%.

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University of South Carolina Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

69%

How hard is it to get into University of South Carolina? University of South Carolina is a somewhat selective institution. The University of South Carolina acceptance rate is 69%. This means that the institution accepts 68 out of every 100 applicants.

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University of South Carolina Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of South Carolina is Dec 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of South Carolina is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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University of South Carolina GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

4.26

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At University of South Carolina, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 4.26. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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Campus Setting

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Acceptance Rate

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