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Requirements For Freshmen

Freshmen applicants are currently in high school, or have graduated high school and never attended a post-secondary institution. Freshmen are sometimes referred to as "first-year" students at other schools. If you would like more information about the University of South Carolina, provide us with your information so that we can add you to our mailing list!

General Freshman Requirements

Freshman admission to the University of South Carolina is primarily based on high school courses and grades, along with SAT or ACT scores.

Please noteThe College Board redesigned the SAT and first administered it in March 2016. We are referring to it as the rSAT. SAT averages listed on our website, and in our publications, refer only to scores that occurred before the rSAT was introduced. 

More than 75% of admitted 2015 freshmen scored an 1130 or higher on the SAT (critical reading and math sections combined) or a 25 or higher on the ACT composite. Seventy-five percent of admitted 2015 freshmen earned a weighted core GPA of at least a 3.6. Students who complete the required 18 high school academic units with at least a 3.5 HS GPA and earn scores as mentioned above are usually competitive for admission. Additional factors may be taken into consideration, such as extraordinary personal circumstances, special talents, outstanding extracurricular activities, and evidence of leadership. 

*Note: High-school graduates who take summer school courses in between graduation and the fall semester that immediately follows are not considered transfer students.

Required credentials

All freshman applicants must submit the following items:

  • Freshman application with $65 application fee ($100 application fee for non-US citizens)
  • Official SAT or ACT scores

*Note: If you are applying as a freshman for Fall 2017, we no longer require the writing portion of the SAT and ACT.

Please do not send an official high school transcript to the admissions office. 

On the freshman application, you are required to upload a clear, legible, unofficial copy of your high school transcript in a JPG or PDF format. The unofficial transcript must list grades through the conclusion of your junior year, and it must also show your full name and the name of your high school. A web-based copy of your transcript will meet this requirement. Please be sure to self-report your senior year schedule and credits on the admissions application. 

If you have already graduated from high school,  you must request to have your official final high school transcript with your graduation date sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by the stated deadlines. You do not need to complete the Senior Year Schedule section of the application.

Recommended, not required: Guidance counselor evaluation form. This form is automatically emailed to your counselor when you enter his or her contact information on your application. Secondary school report forms or counselor evaluation letters sent via Parchment/Naviance or US Mail are acceptable alternatives. US mail is least preferred since it slows processing time. This is a recommended but not required component of your application.

Please note: Letters of recommendation ARE NOT REQUIRED for general university admissions consideration. Please do not send letters of recommendation unless you are applying to South Carolina Honors College.