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Update: Gamecock Gateway Program

Students may be considered on a space-available basis for the Gamecock Gateway program for Fall 2014. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Clarification on Freshman Application Requirements

Letters of Recommendation: 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. If you are an Honors College applicant, you must have two letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. We prefer your recommenders complete the Honors College Recommendation form generated by USC's online application. Be sure to have the name and email address of each recommender while completing the Honors portion of the application. This will help your recommender submit your recommendation in a more timely fashion. If letters are mailed, then they must include “ATTN: Honors College Processing” on the envelope to ensure delivery. US Mail is our least preferred method of delivery since it slows processing time.

Counselor Evaluation Forms: We prefer that your counselor complete the Counselor Evaluation Form generated by USC’s online application. Alternatively, we will accept Secondary School Report Forms or counselor evaluation letters sent via Parchment/Naviance or US Mail. US Mail is our least preferred method of delivery since it slows processing time.

Info Sessions for High School Seniors

Attention high school seniors! Join us for an information session hosted by Clemson University, the College of Charleston, and the University of South Carolina. You will learn each school's admissions requirements, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, scholar programs, and more. Click here to learn more and to register!

Freshman Application for Fall 2014

The freshman application for Fall 2014 is now available! Watch this video for some application tips, and check out our website to review the steps to apply:

Orientation Dates Now Open for August

Admitted students can now sign up for August Orientation. Visit the Orientation website for details!

Online Services Maintenance

Due to a system upgrade, Self Service Carolina and our online status checker will be unavailable beginning this Friday, July 12 at 5 p.m. until Tuesday, July 16 at 8 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact the UTS Service Desk at (803) 777-1800 or

Freshman Class Full for 2013

The 2013 freshman class is now full. The deadline to confirm space in the class was May 1, and we are no longer accepting enrollment deposits for the summer and fall 2013 terms. Waitlisted students will be contacted by mail regarding options for enrolling for a future term. If you have questions about admission to South Carolina, please call our office at (803)777-7700 and ask to speak with an admissions counselor. We would be happy to assist you and discuss your future enrollment options.

Attention admitted students!

If you claimed South Carolina legal residency on your admissions application, you must submit the South Carolina Residency Certification Form by April 1. Your certification may impact your eligibility for certain types of need-based aid for which you may qualify. To submit the Residency Certification form, log in to Self Service Carolina.

Decision week is here!

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is releasing admissions decisions through the end of this week. This includes all final decisions regarding general freshman admission, Capstone, and the Gamecock Gateway program. Additionally, all scholarship offers have now been mailed.

Freshman Credential Deadline

The Fall 2013 freshman credential deadline is approaching! Make sure all required items are submitted by February 1. This includes your official high school transcript and all SAT or ACT scores. Click here for details on all freshman deadlines.

Early Answer Decision Week

Early Answer Decision Week has passed. We mailed general admissions decisions throughout the week of December 19 for Fall 2013 freshman applicants who met the Early Answer or Honors deadlines. If you are admitted, visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to post picures or video of yourself getting the letter!

Freshman Priority Application Deadline

The Freshman Priority Application Deadline for Fall 2013 is December 1. You must submit your freshman application by then in order to be considered for Fall 2013. The credentials deadline is February 1, so be sure to submit your transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and counselor evaluation form by then. For full details on freshman deadlines, click here:

Update on Freshman Processing

Our office is currently experiencing its peak season of application activity. We ask for your patience as we take great care to open all of our mail and check it into our system. That means it may take a few weeks until you see your credentials updated on the online status checker. Don't worry, we will take the postmark date into account when checking these items in, so don't assume that just because you cannot see it online it isn't here. We appreciate your patience as we work through our backlog.

Update on Honors College Deadline

We are extending our Honors College application deadline to Friday, November 23 at midnight for freshman applicants living in locations affected by the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Geographic areas include: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. All application credentials, including application fee, official high-school transcript(s), test scores, and two letters of recommendation must be postmarked or submitted by November 23 as well.

Spring 2013 Deadline is November 1

Applying for Spring 2013? November 1 is the application deadline for students applying for Spring 2013 as a freshman, transfer, readmit, non-degree, or international student. International applicants for Spring must also submit their credentials by November 1. For details on international deadlines, click here:

The Early Answer Application Deadline is October 15.

You must submit your completed USC application by October 15 to be eligible to receive an early decision in December. A completed application includes: an application, $50 nonrefundable application fee (or qualified fee waiver for SC residents only), and all credentials, such as official high-school transcript(s) and official test scores (including an official SAT or ACT writing score) sent directly from the testing service.

For more information on freshman deadlines, click here. Questions? Contact the Admissions Office at or (803)777-7700.

Freshman Application for Fall 2013

The freshman application for Fall 2013 is now available! Click here to review the steps to apply, and don't forget to send all required materials.

Fall 2012 semester deadline is approaching!

Please note that all applications for admission (including transfer, readmission, and non-degree) must be submitted by July 1 in order to receive consideration for fall admission. If you are a former USC student who missed a fall or spring semester, you must complete an application for readmission to the University.

Freshman Class is Full

Our 2012 freshman class has reached capacity. Potential first year students who are interested in enrolling at South Carolina should call our office at (803)777-7700 to discuss transfer admission requirements. We will be glad to assist you.

Carolina and McNair Winners

USC is proud to announce the Fall 2012 entering class of McNair and Carolina Scholars. Click here to see the winners, and check back as we add even more scholars and finalists to the list!

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Your USC Guide to Planning for College

Click here for a one-page calendar full of helpful tips and deadlines.

Need to know more about Financial Aid and Scholarships?

Click here for Money Matters, USC's guide on University merit aid, loans, grants and more.

Are you a former University of South Carolina student who is interested in applying for an upcoming term?

If so, we encourage you to call our office at 803-777-7700 and speak with an admissions counselor before submitting an application.