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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

COVID-19 Admissions FAQ

We know you may have questions about summer/fall 2020 enrollment at the University of South Carolina, especially if it will be your first year of college. Here are some answers to questions we're hearing frequently. If your question is not addressed, contact us at To connect with current and future Gamecocks and learn more about our university,  visit our virtual series page.

We have extended our deposit deadline to June 1 to allow admitted students more time to make their final college choice. To secure your spot, visit your UofSC Admissions Portal to pay your nonrefundable $200 enrollment deposit.

Students who have applied with one of the following application fee waivers may contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to request a waiver of the $200 enrollment deposit:

  • Coalition Application Fee Waiver 
  • College Board Code Fee Waiver 
  • Common Application Fee Waiver
  • NACAC Fee Waiver
  • SAT or ACT College Application Fee Waiver

Pell eligible students may also request a fee waiver.

The housing application deadline has been extended to June 10. There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee and $100 housing deposit. For more information on submitting your application visit

Contact your high school counselor for ways to submit your transcript electronically through a secure site. We also accept mailed transcripts, though they typically take longer to process. Mailed transcripts can be sent to:

University of South Carolina
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
902 Sumter Street/Lieber College
Columbia, SC 29208

Students previously admitted to the University of South Carolina who canceled their application but wish to have it reinstated should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at or 803-777-7700.

Courses with a grade of “pass” will satisfy appropriate course requirements. These will not be calculated into a student's GPA since no numeric grade is available. Additionally, we will be flexible with students missing a course requirement due to extenuating circumstances.

We will continue to accept AP scores from College Board and follow their guidance on testing. Students who score a “3” or higher will receive college credit.

Students who earn a “4” or higher on their higher-level IB courses will receive college credit.

Students must send official test scores by June 1 and will be notified by email which official score(s) needs to be sent. If your best score involved sections of the SAT from two different dates, you must send official scores from both dates. If your ACT composite score was used for admission, you only need to send scores associated with the highest composite earned in a single sitting.

For students filing a FAFSA, aid packages were released via Self Service Carolina beginning in early April. If you or your family have experienced significant changes in your financial circumstances since filing your FAFSA, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at 803-777-8134 or message them via chat at

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has awarded all of their  available general university scholarships for the upcoming year. 


For many SC residents, it is possible to confirm residency based on information provided on the application for admission and the FAFSA. You can confirm your status by logging on to your UofSC Admissions Portal.  Review the information under the “Verification Status” heading. If additional information is needed to confirm your residency for tuition purposes, you must complete the “SC Residency Certification/Citizenship Verification Form” posted to your checklist.

Orientation will be held virtually in June and July. Online registration opens May 18. Visit for more information on how to register.


In-person classes will resume at the Columbia campus in August based on a careful analysis of data from health experts and government officials. Many plans are being put in place to establish social distancing measures across campus and to provide the necessary accommodations to ensure all students can continue their education safely. Check for updates to the university’s coronavirus response plan

The health and safety of students, faculty and staff, and the greater Columbia community are our top priority. We are continually assessing the COVID-19 situation, in consultation with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and will follow their expertise and guidance for how we resume in-person activity on campus. Check for updates to the university’s coronavirus response plan.

We recognize some students may not be able to safely travel to campus. To accommodate those students, we plan to continue offering remote instruction as an option for summer/fall 2020.

Depending on your educational plans, you may be able to defer admission to a future term. Contact Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700 or email us at to discuss your options with an admissions counselor.


Because the COVID-19 pandemic has limited opportunities to take the SAT and ACT, students applying for freshman admission will not be required to submit standardized test scores for the spring, summer or fall 2021 terms. Students who apply without SAT or ACT scores may provide supplemental materials for use in the university’s holistic review process. The test-optional policy applies to students applying for general university and South Carolina Honors College admission, as well as merit scholarships. 

Full policy details are forthcoming and will be available when the fall 2021 freshman application opens on August 1.

We want very much to meet you in person, but our campus is currently closed to visitors due to the impact of COVID-19. We will update our visit webpage and social media channels as decisions are made about future visit opportunities. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out our virtual tours and other virtual experiences.

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