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Freshman Requirements

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 we can add you to our mailing list!

General Requirements

Freshman admission to the University of South Carolina is primarily based on high school courses, grades and supplemental materials submitted with the application.

UofSC will be test-optional for fall, spring and summer 2021. Freshman admission will be based primarily on high school courses, grades and supplemental materials submitted with the application. While students are encouraged to self-report standardized test scores, they are not required in the admission or scholarship awarding process.

Required Materials

All domestic first-year applicants must submit the following items: 

We accept the Common Application, Coalition Application or our UofSC Application. Choose the application you are most comfortable using; we do not prefer one application over another. You must select two major choices and complete the essay and activities section regardless of application type. List your top major choice first, and select two different majors.

Regardless of which application you select, you must pay the $65 nonrefundable application fee or use a fee waiver if qualify for an ACT, College Board, NACAC, Coalition or Common App application fee waiver.

Your high school counselor should submit a school report form on your behalf. This form documents your academic progress and may include a school profile. Your counselor can access this form regardless of which application platform you choose. Letters of recommendation are not considered for general university admission consideration. Do not send letters of recommendation unless you are applying to our South Carolina Honors College.

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 include your full name and the name of your high school. A web-based copy of your transcript will meet this requirement. You will self-report your senior year schedule and credits on the admissions application. Do not send an official high school transcript to the admissions office unless it is requested.

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.

You are required to submit at least one of the supplemental material options in the section below. Your supplemental materials must be submitted by November 2 to be considered for our Early Action deadline. Otherwise, all supplemental materials are due by our February 1 credentials deadline. After you submit your application, you will be asked to complete a Supplemental Materials Form where you can indicate which item(s) you plan to submit. Your Supplement Materials Form will be available on your UofSC Admissions Portal after you apply.

If you choose Option 1, you will need to self-report your SAT or ACT scores using the Supplemental Materials Form on your UofSC Admissions Portal. Scores can also be sent to UofSC Columbia from the testing agency. Use code 5818 for the SAT and 3880 for the ACT.

If you choose Option 2, you are required to self-report three alternative exam scores from our approved exam list using the Supplemental Materials Form on your UofSC Admissions Portal. We recommend one exam be from a science or math course, and one be from an English or social science course.

If you choose Option 3, you are required to upload a graded writing assignment via your UofSC Admissions Portal. Your paper should include your full name, the date the paper was submitted and the grade earned, along with your teacher’s comments (if available). The paper must have been completed during 11th or 12th grade and may include dual enrollment written assignments. We recommend an English or social science paper, an essay exam or a research paper. Additionally, the paper must be written in English.


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