University of South Carolina


Freshman Application Deadlines

Summer (May, June, July) and Fall (August) 2015 Semesters:

October 15, 2014: Early Answer Application Deadline
If you submit your completed application by this date, we will mail your decision letter during December 15 Early Answer Week. It is not uncommon for a significant portion of our applicants to receive delay notification, so don’t worry if your decision is delayed. As an Early Answer applicant, you will benefit from knowing all your required materials are submitted in plenty of time to ensure full consideration, and you also have more time to send us updated credentials later if necessary. If you applied by the early answer deadline, you will not receive an advantage in the decision process, just the assurance of an earlier response.

*A completed application includes: an application, $65 nonrefundable application fee (or qualified fee waiver for SC residents only), and official test scores (including an official SAT or ACT writing score) sent directly from the testing service. An official high-school transcript is not required; visit our requirements page for details. The application fee is $100 for international students.

November 15, 2014: South Carolina Honors College and Top Scholars Application Deadline
Your completed Honors/Scholars application* along with your general University application is due by November 15 in order to be considered for the SC Honors College and for the University’s most prestigious merit scholarships, including Carolina, McNair, and Alumni Scholars awards. Mailed credentials such as counselor evaluation forms, transcripts, and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by this date. If you meet this deadline you will receive notification of your University admissions decision the week of December 15. You may also receive your decision on Honors College admission at the same time. If not, then we will send your Honors decision no later than February 16.

*A completed application includes: a University application, a $65nonrefundable application fee, an Honors College and Top Scholars application, official test scores (including an official SAT or ACT writing score) sent directly from the testing service, and two recommendation letters. An official high-school transcript is not required; visit our requirements page for details.

December 1, 2014: Regular Application Deadline
To ensure full and equal consideration for the summer or fall 2015 semester, you must submit your application by December 1. Decisions for applications received or postmarked by this date will be released during Decision Week, March 16-20. Applications received after this date will only receive consideration if space remains available.

Applicants who meet the December 1 deadline will be automatically considered for all University scholarships with the exception of Carolina, McNair, and Alumni Scholars awards. These three awards require completion of the Honors College/Top Scholars application by November 15.

December 15, 2014: Early Answer Decision Week Begins
Decisions regarding University admission status will be released during the week of December 15 for all applicants who fully comply with the October 15 or November 15 deadlines (see above for details). Applicants may be admitted, denied, or delayed until the week of March 16.

February 1, 2015: Credentials Deadline
The following credentials must be received by February 1: official test scores (including an official SAT or ACT writing score) and your $65 application fee (or fee waiver for qualifying S.C. residents only). Applications for which credentials are received after February 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

February 16, 2015: SC Honors College Notification
All offers of admission to the South Carolina Honors College will be made by February 16.

March 16, 2015: Regular Application Decision Week Begins
Decisions will be released during the week of March 16 for students who applied by December 1 and who also meet the February 1 Credentials deadline. 

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